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Contemplation by Design

Contemplation by Design (CBD) is a campus-wide, multidisciplinary event designed by BeWell to encourage all members of the Stanford community to enjoy the power of the pause

In November, free events are offered all around campus that further balance, tranquility and creative excellence. Faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to take a short break from their high-level output of productivity and innovation in order to rest and renew the mind-body-spirit.  

Each event is designed to bring the Stanford community together in recognizing the importance of quieting the thinking mind and refreshing oneself through quiet contemplation. Events include research on the neuroscience of contemplation, skill-building, campus arts and experiences with the natural beauty found right here on campus. 

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Programs offered by the Office for Religious Life:

Sunday, November 5
10:00am: University Public Worship (UPW) with Yassir Chadly, Stanford Memorial Church
11:00am: Conversation with Yassir Chadly, Round Room, Stanford Memorial Church
1:00pm: Surfing the Waves to the Divine: Guided Meditation with Yassir Chadly, Windhover
9:00pm: Contemplation & Compline, Memorial Church
Monday, November 6
8:00pm: Labyrinth Walk, Windhover, led by Rev. Joanne Sanders, D.Min and Tia Rich, Ph.D.
Tuesday, November 7
12:00pm: Walking Meditation & Contemplation of Stanford Memorial Church Inscriptions
5:30pm: Om Under the Dome, Yoga in Stanford Memorial Church
Wednesday, November 8
8:00am: Mindful Yoga, Windhover
7:00pm: Keynote with Alice Walker, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart: Noticing where you are, and who or what is there with you, Memorial Church

View the 2017 Contemplation by Design Summit Schedule of Events



CBD events are designed to help people experience PEACE:

Pause: settle the dynamic, active mind to renew the mind-body-spirit connection. 

Exhale: breathe deeply in stressful situations to restore balance in the nervous system and facilitate the ability to respond skillfully to stressors rather than react or repress. 

Attend: be aware of the present moment experience by mindfully attending to sensations from each of the senses.

Connect: compassionately connect to what is happening now  intrapersonally, interpersonally and as a communitymember — and discern how to relate in ways that sustain health and happiness for oneself and others.

Express: oneself in authentic, creative and compassionate ways —including design, art, scholarship, friendship and community service and volunteering.  

These skills, summarized in the acronym PEACE, offer a way of living by which solutions are created, well-being is enhanced and excellence is sustained.