One of the oldest practices for the cultivation of peace of mind is the practice of meditation, using a method called mindfulness. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. It is a core principle derived from Buddhism that teaches us to live in the present moment. Focusing on breath can be a vehicle to help calm and focus the mind. It is a simple but profound truth that the only moment available for us to live, is this moment, right here and right now. Such bare attention and practice can help us to generate inner calm and resilience to cope with the rigors of everyday life.
Come visit the contemplative garden space at Thompson yard, 63 Angell Street. The garden was dedicated May 2013 in a special ceremony to recognize the dedication and friendship from two very special RISD parents, Mr. Richard and Mrs. Catherine Haining.
Additional Mindfulness Resources
Foundation for Active Compassion
Mindful Self Compassion
Mind and Life Institute
Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village
The Mindfulness Awareness Research Center at U.C.L.A.
Brown University’s Comtemplative Studies Initiative
The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education
The Center for the Contemplative Mind in Society
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society works to integrate contemplative awareness into contemporary life in order to help create a more just, compassionate, reflective, and sustainable society. Click here to visit their website.