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Contemplative Studies

Selected resources and practices for learners and teachers

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Resources and practices to support your contemplative journey. Delve into books and articles, take in a film, immerse in a local experience or join a virtual live practice.   

Tree of Contemplative Practices

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!