Connecting to Ourselves

The work of authentic relationships necessarily begins with self awareness and self regulation so that we can bring our best selves to each other and the world. Projects in this area focus on the general field of whole person development and more specifically on contemplative education, social and emotional learning, and mental and neurological fitness.

Paying Attention to What Matters Most

At its most basic, mindfulness is simply the trait of staying aware of (or paying close attention to) your responsibilities. It has specific meanings in clinical psychology, Buddhism, and even economics.

In psychology, mindfulness is the basis for several therapies including:

In Buddhism, mindfulness is a spiritual faculty considered to be of great importance in the path to enlightenment. Different Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese translations imbue it with various shades of being “watchful,” “meditative,” “thoughtful,” and “memorable.” At the core of mindfulness, however, is the practice of awareness that most of us struggle with in our busy, distracted lives.

To us, mindfulness is one of the authentic relationship skills that enables new, wiser responses to improve attention, facilitate learning, regulate emotions, increase empathy, and resolve conflicts.

Mindfulness in Education, Wellness and the Workplace

Numerous studies have shown that mindfulness is a powerful tool for combating multiple mental and physical problems and disorders, such as ADHD, pain, stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and addiction among others.

Thirty years of research and brain science offer compelling evidence to support the use of mindfulness in education, wellness, and the workplace. The application of mindfulness by students, teachers, healthcare professionals, managers, and more has the potential to improve academic achievement, mental health, physical well-being, stronger relationships, and more resilient and connected communities.