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Contemplative Studies

Selected resources and practices for learners and teachers

Why Silence is so Good For Us

Why Silence Is So Good for Your Brain. 

  • Silence replenishes our mental resources.
  • Being quiet can regenerate brain cells.
  • Silence can quite literally grow the brain!

What is Contemplative Pedagogy?

"...the use of contemplative/introspective 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."

-From the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society