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 human future.

Our Mission

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society 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

We organize and host retreats, conferences, workshops, and webinars on contemplative methods in higher education, identify and create resources, and connect 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

Towards an Embodied Social Justice: Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy

Towards an Embodied Social Justice: Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy

In this webinar, Beth Berila explores how contemplative practices can deepen feminist and critical race pedagogies in Women’s Studies, Ethnic...

Contemplative Practice in a Course on Arguing as an Art of Peace

Contemplative Practice in a Course on Arguing as an Art of Peace

For the past seven years, Barry Kroll has been teaching a Lehigh University seminar that asks first-year college students to...

Using Contemplative Practices to Promote Well-Being and Social Justice Awareness

Using Contemplative Practices to Promote Well-Being and Social Justice Awareness

Michelle Chatman shares contemplative practices used in sociology and anthropology classes to deepen student learning, enhance well-being, and inspire a...

Intention and Imagination in Higher Education

Intention and Imagination in Higher Education

A challenge for integration in education is the joining of past experience with the innovative spirit of the present. Universities...

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