Contemplative Studies resources
- University Contemplative Studies Programs:
Brown University: https://www.brown.edu/academics/contemplative-studies/
Naropa University: http://www.naropa.edu/academics/cace/index.php
Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin: https://centerhealthyminds.org/
Contemplative Sciences Center, University of Virginia: https://www.uvacontemplation.org/
TCU Contemplative Studies resources
- Koehler Center: Pedagogy in Practice: Contemplative Practices in the Classroom:
Contemplative Studies books
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation (Beacon Press, Reprint 2016).
Dan Harris, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story (Dey Street Books, 2014).
Rick Hanson, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (New Harbinger Publications, 2009).
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (Hachette Books, 2005).
Louis Komjathy, Introducing Contemplative Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018).
Holly Rogers, MD and Margaret Maytan, MD, Mindfulness for the Next Generation: Helping Emerging Adults Manage Stress and Lead Healthier Lives (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Holly B. Rogers, MD, The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress…and Everything Else (New Harbinger Publications, 2016).
Judith Simmer-Brown and Fran Grace, eds., Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY, 2011).
-Silence to start a meeting, attend to breath, count to 10
-“Open monitoring” (MBSR “mindfulness”): detached, non-judgmental
-Observation of present thought/feeling flow
-Focused attention (as in body scan)
-Visualizations and guided imagery (“go to beach-lake-mountain”
-Metta (loving kindness) and Calm Lake exercises
-Walking (slowly): on campus, garden, labyrinth, nature (alternating senses), good for sleepiness
-Digital awareness exercise (need to assign or prepare the day before)
-Mentor/lineage exercise (need pen and paper), express gratitude to them
-“Second person” deep listening to others, group “interbeing” (centering as a group)
-Gratitude exercise: sit in circle, talk about gratitude while holding stone; pass stone around group and each person expresses gratitude
-Practicing kind speech, offering compliments
-Yoga, tai chi and other movement exercises
-Reading sacred texts
-Contemplation of or with art or music