At the Withered Tree

We held our final session of the “Exploring the Intersections of Mindfulness, Contemplative Practices, and Reflective Teaching” on Saturday, May 4.  It was a beautiful Spring day in Eastown, Grand Rapids, where we met at the Withered Tree 

Our sincere thanks to Karen for sharing the space with us! Thanks, too, to Clare and Carol for leading the contemplative practices for the group. The conversation, naturally, was rich, engaging, and thoughtful. A few videos and an upcoming event were mentioned during the conversation. I provide links here to those things:

Andy Puddicombe’s “All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes,” filmed in November 2012 at TEDSalon London

Jill Bolte Taylor’s “The Neuroanatomical Transformation of the Teenage Brain,” filmed at the TEDxYouth@Indianapolis and published online in February 2013.

An upcoming webinar: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 3-4 PM (EST), “Improvisation, Meditation, and Integral Theory: New Horizons in Contemplative Education,” with Ed Sarath, Professor of Music in the Department in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Director of U-M’s Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies. The webinar is made possible by the The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

This just crossed my electronic path: The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry. The Call for Submissions has been announced!

The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal for all those who design, research, teach, and assess contemplative and introspective methods and practices in college and university settings. Contemplative and introspective practices cultivate a critical, first-person focus and create new opportunities for students to engage with course material. The Journal promotes the understanding, development, and application of these methods in order to serve a vision of higher education as an opportunity for cultivating personal and social awareness and an exploration of meaning, purpose and values.

My thanks again to everyone who was present on Saturday for our last meeting together this semester; thank you for making time and contributing to the experience.