Under the leadership of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, colleges and universities nationwide have integrated contemplative practices into a variety of their courses—from literature to physics to architecture. These practices include yoga, contemplative reading and writing, mindful listening, and other practices that cultivate compassion and mindfulness.
As a result, schools report that students are showing an increased sense of personal and professional integration, as well as improvements in cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal skills. In the digital, wired world of today’s teenagers and 20-somethings, this is a remarkable feat.
Through presentations, demonstrations, and question-and-answer sessions, four leading experts in the field introduce contemplative practices, review the related neuroscience research on meditation and learning, give examples of successful courses, and engage us in thinking about the role of contemplation in our own work.
Educators and administrators in higher education are invited to learn about contemplative practices in higher education, how to bring them into their own schools and classrooms, and how these practices can improve their own life.