Tia Rich, PhD, director of Stanford's Contemplation by Design, provides an overview of the growing field of contemplative practices and sustainability of public and planetary health and well-being. Cultivation of the capacity to take skillful individual and collective action to address climate change is the theme of Stanford’s 2021 Contemplation by Design Summit, Oct. 25-Nov. 2. The Summit includes insights, inspiration, research, and wisdom offered in the 35 in-depth sessions provided by leading researchers and teachers in the field.
Effective engagement with the daunting complexity inherent in the climate crisis requires calm contemplative competence. A contemplative approach to climate change cultivates skills essential for climate solutions, such as collaboration, cooperation, wise compassionate communication, service, and gratitude. Contemplative research indicates that the extension of mindful compassion beyond oneself can improve health at the public and planetary level, in addition to the individual level. Emerging research at the intersection of contemplation and climate science calls for individual and collective transformation to strengthen/restore/heal the human-earth relationship. A contemplative approach for creating civic community supports people's capacity to competently navigate ideological differences for the sake of the public good.
Through diverse learning experiences, Summit participants will be offered the opportunity to develop the empathy, discernment, and wise action necessary for initiating and implementing solutions to the climate crisis. Guided contemplative practices will be included in this opening session and throughout the Summit.
Introduction to Contemplative Skills for Cultivating Personal & Planetary Health & Well-being is part of the free Contemplation by Design Summit, Oct. 25-Nov. 2, 2021.
The full Summit schedule is posted at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit. All events are FREE and online.
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Tia Rich, PhD, is the founder and director of Contemplation by Design at the Stanford School of Medicine. She has been integrating contemplative practices into resilience, stress management, career training programs and academic classes at Stanford University and Medical Center since 1984. Three academic classes she teaches are: Contemplative Science, Applying Contemplative Practice, and Contemplative Competence. She also offers co-curricular classes, through the Stanford Healthy Living program, including the "The Power of the Pause" meditation retreat, for faculty, staff, students, and community members.