We are pleased to announce the creation of the Centre for Contemplative Practices which is to explore the meaning, purpose and values of our cultural heritage and the ways to serve our common human future.
Contemplative Practices cultivate a critical, first-person focus, sometimes with direct experience as the object, while at other times concentrating on complex ideas or situations. Incorporated into daily life, they act as a reminder to connect to what we find most meaningful.
Contemplative practices are radical, and transformative, developing capacities for deep concentration and quieting the mind in the midst of everyday life. This state of calm centeredness is an aid to exploration of meaning, purpose and values. Contemplative practices can help develop greater empathy and communication skills, improve focus and attention, reduce stress and enhance creativity, supporting a loving and compassionate approach to life.
Some find that active, physical practices, like yoga or tai chi, work best for them. Others find nourishment in still and silent practices, like mindfulness meditation. Some people find that rituals rooted in a religious or cultural tradition soothe their soul. And not all practices are done in solitude–groups and communities can engage in practices that support reflection in a social context.
Contemplative practices are widely varied; for an illustration of just some of the many types of practices, please see the Tree of Contemplative Practices on this website. We encourage you to discover for yourself how contemplative practice can enrich your life and work by participating in our open workshops, classes and presentations.