Arthur Zajonc & Mirabai Bush
Association for Contemplative
Mind in Higher Education
Webinar, February 18, 2009
Uses of Contemplative Exercises
1. Exercises that support learning.
2. Emotional balance
2. Integration of contemplation into
Posture that supports the practice
Settling the body and the mind
Attending to a simple object
(breath, paper clip, memory image…)
Returning to the classroom
Observation, in pairs
Lemniscate of Attention
Focused Attention Open Awareness
The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment,
Not seeking, not expecting
She is present, and can welcome all things.
Tao Te Ching 15
Grace fills empty spaces but it can only
enter where there is a void to receive it,
and it is grace itself which makes the void.
Using the Lemniscate of Awareness
Posture, settling and attending
Place the content (image, word, natural
phenomenon, question, concept…) into the
center of attention.
Move slowly between Focused Attention
and Open Awareness, two or three times.
Return with journaling and conversation.
Every object, well-contemplated, opens
a new organ in us. Goethe
Education Research Review, Shapiro et al
on our Website
Teachers College Record, vol. 108, Sept
Meditation as Contemplative
Inquiry Arthur Zajonc
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