We envision higher education as an opportunity to cultivate deep personal and social awareness: an exploration of meaning, purpose, and values in service to our common future.

Our Mission

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (CMind) transforms higher education by supporting and encouraging the use of contemplative practices and perspectives to create active learning and research environments that look deeply into experience and meaning for all in service of a more just and compassionate society.

Our Programs

CMind organizes and hosts retreats, conferences, workshops, and webinars on contemplative methods in higher education; identifies and creates resources; and connects individuals and organizations through the ACMHE, a professional association for educators.

Contemplative Practices

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.

Recent Blog Posts

September Webinar: Working with Fear and Resistance when Fostering Contemplative Space

September Webinar: Working with Fear and Resistance when Fostering Contemplative Space

Fostering contemplative spaces in academic settings is often limited by the fear and resistance educators, students, and administrators face. This...
A Dialogue on Self-Compassion and Interdependence

A Dialogue on Self-Compassion and Interdependence

Drs. Mamgain and Majied discuss fierce self-compassion as it relates to interdependence so that participants learn how to increase their...
Soulfulness Practices: Applying the SOUL-Centered Framework (Part 2)

Soulfulness Practices: Applying the SOUL-Centered Framework (Part 2)

Building upon the June 2019 webinar introducing soulfulness, this webinar focuses on the application of soulfulness to contemplative practice. Presenter...
Radical Love as a Public Health Initiative: the 3rd Arthur Zajonc Lecture by Lenwood W. Hayman, Jr., PhD

Radical Love as a Public Health Initiative: the 3rd Arthur Zajonc Lecture by Lenwood W. Hayman, Jr., PhD

7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, in the Smith College Campus Center, 100 Elm Street, Northampton, MA. This event...

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