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True to Vision: A Response to Daniel Callahan’s “Obesity: Chasing an Elusive Epidemic”

January 29, 2013

In “Obesity: Chasing an Elusive Epidemic,” Daniel Callahan calls for an “edgier” strategy to reduce obesity levels in the United States. I felt compelled to respond to Callahan’s article because the policies he is advocating are not in line with what I believe is his vision for a healthier and happier population.

In order to guide any action, we first need a clear vision: a place to start from that answers questions such as, “What are we doing this for?” and “What is really guiding us?” Because any action that runs counter to this deeply-held vision will cause suffering to ourselves and others, even if it appears to lead to our desired outcome.

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Wanting: Teaching Economics as Contemplative Inquiry

January 10, 2013

A webinar with Daniel Barbezat, Professor of Economics, Amherst College. Prof. Barbezat discusses contemplative pedagogy and the use of introspective exercises in his course, “Consumption and the Pursuit of Happiness.” First-person exercises on this subject are especially poignant for students, as they can directly discover the impact of their own wanting and how it affects their own economic decisions and the markets around them.

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Mirabai Bush: Creating Contemplative Organizations

January 7, 2013

Mirabai Bush, the Center’s founding director and senior fellow, has been featured in the New York Times for her work in bringing contemplative practices and perspectives into corporate and organizational settings.

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New Video About the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

December 19, 2012

Watch a brief video which introduces the Center’s work.

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For Further Listening…

November 28, 2012

Watch webinars and listen to a podcast with Executive Director Daniel Barbezat and Associate Director Mirabai Bush.

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Contemplative Pedagogy: The Special Role of Teaching and Learning Centers

November 14, 2012

A chapter by Executive Director Daniel Barbezat and Allison Pingree (Harvard University) providing an overview of the definition, intention, and benefits of contemplative exercises, and approaches to fostering these practices through university teaching and learning centers.

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Contemplating Race, Law, and Justice: Some Notes on Pedagogy for Changing the World

November 13, 2012

Watch Rhonda V. Magee’s keynote address at the 2012 Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.

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We’ve Moved! Welcome to our new home

October 11, 2012

In the days following our 2012 ACMHE Conference we packed up our little one-room office and moved about a mile north to 98 King Street, Northampton.

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Announcing Contemplative Mind-1440 Foundation Grants to Teaching & Learning Centers

October 3, 2012

We are pleased to announce that, with support from the 1440 Foundation, we have established a new program of grants to foster and support the use of contemplative practices throughout the curriculum through Teaching and Learning Centers.

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The Mindful Teacher

August 16, 2012

A webinar with Steven Emmanuel, Professor of Philosophy, Virginia Wesleyan College.

In discussions about contemplative pedagogy a great deal of attention has been devoted to practical applications of mindfulness in the classroom (what we might call “mindfulness-based pedagogy”). The tendency in this approach is to view mindfulness as a type of technology that can be used to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the teaching and learning experience.

While there are many wonderful benefits of this approach, it generally abstracts mindfulness from its historical roots as a practice aimed at moral and spiritual development. The purpose of this presentation is to recover the value of traditional meditation practice as a means of cultivating the capacities or virtues characteristic of the mindful teacher.

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