Contemplative inquiry asks not just what we think, but what thinking itself is: how we come to think, as biological, aesthetic and social beings. It is concerned with conditions and strategies for thinking differently, combining rigorous introspection with rigorous critical investigation of the world as we know it, for the sake of the world we seek.
In learning about and practicing contemplative inquiry, you can:
- Improve your ability to observe and shape your own learning (metacognition).
- Grow in your respect for self and others.
- Entertain worldviews other than your own.
- Increase your curiosity about the world.
In addition, recent studies have shown that meditation and mindfulness practices can alter brain structure, improve attention and focus, enhance athletic and artistic performance, decrease anxiety and depression, and strengthen self-regulation and resiliency.
Courses from visual and performing arts:
NOTE: Ideally, students will first complete the Intro to Mindfulness AWPE course before completing any of the courses listed below. Skills gained from the mindfulness course will be applied to your artistic activity via a guided journaling activity. If you have not taken the mindfulness class but would like to complete one of these courses for your applied minor, please contact the faculty members involved in the minor.
Courses in psychology:
Courses in religion:
You will also complete one of the following co-curricular activities:
- Mindfulness retreat (either three, five OR ten days)
- Student-faculty research in neuroscience
- Tibetan Studies off-campus program
- El Camino May Term
- Presentation of research at the International Conference on Contemplative Studies
You will complete one of the following:
- Paper presentation
- Artistic project
- Creative writing project