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12 Values and Skills Gained Through Contemplative Practices in Higher Education

Faculty across disciplines, from neuroscience to art history, are searching for new ways to incorporate contemplative practices into their teaching. Contemplative practices help students develop a deeper understanding of the material through various methods including meditation, deep listening, and mindfulness, just to name a few. Many values and skills are gained through these practices, and the benefits extend well beyond the classroom. Learn more about the many benefits of contemplative practices.

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12 Values and Skills Gained Through Contemplative Practices in Higher Education

  1. 1. 12 VALUES AND SKILLS Gained Through Contemplative Practices in Higher Education
  2. 2. Each year, faculty across disciplines look for new ways to incorporate contemplative practices into their teaching.
  3. 3. Contemplative practices can include yoga, meditation, deep listening, reading and writing, and field trips. These practices encourage students to be more compassionate and engaged by integrating their personal experiences into the material.
  4. 4. As students and faculty members develop and deepen their use of contemplative practices, certain values and skills emerge.
  5. 5. Patience and sustainability View problems as challenges to be solved. This strengthens vigor and commitment and helps students approach situations with a fresh perspective.
  6. 6. Wisdom Decisions come from a more expansive place of understanding, and students can respond appropriately to any situation.
  7. 7. Passion Helps students transform tendencies toward anger and self-righteousness into energy to create solutions.
  8. 8. Honest self-reflection Fosters honesty in experiences and relationships. It allows students to see what they uniquely bring to a discussion.
  9. 9. Calmness Encourages stability. Students and faculty can better know and address emotional responses and become better leaders.
  10. 10. A sensitive and realistic sense of ethics Become aware of the discomfort that comes when deviating from values. Committing to this ethical approach brings courage and strength.
  11. 11. Clarity of purpose; integrity in the midst of complex situations Helps to hold and maintain a clear vision of values.
  12. 12. Compassion Helps students appreciate the interconnections among people through empathy. Students can manage difficult situations with a greater sense of ease.
  13. 13. Focus More moment-to-moment focus in any situation, whether talking on the phone or meeting with adversaries.
  14. 14. Awareness Provides greater insight into students’ own conditions and motivations and those of others.
  15. 15. Skillful listening and communicating Promotes empathy and clearer, more effective communication.
  16. 16. Creativity Promotes flexibility of mind and heart and the ability to let go of habitual patterns, including self-doubt. It encourages new approaches and novel strategies.
  17. 17. Explore the meaningful ties between teaching, learning, and the power of contemplative practices.