Forum for Contemplative Practices

Counselor Education & Family Therapy


The Forum for Contemplative Practices

The Forum for Contemplative Practices, based in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University, is open to students, faculty, and interested individuals from the central Connecticut area who wish to explore emerging theory and research of contemplative practices in teaching and the practice of counseling and psychotherapy and who are interested in practicing mindfulness and meditation. The Forum generally meets on a monthly basis to practice meditation and other mindfulness-based exercises and plan events to familiarize others in the community with the benefits of contemplative practices.


To integrate contemplative practices into our personal and professional lives in order to foster health, wholeness and wellness. By developing a deeper connection to self and others we strive for a more just, peaceful, sustainable, and compassionate world.


To create a forum for students and faculty to introduce and integrate the emerging theory and research of contemplative practices (CP) into teaching and the practice of counseling and psychotherapy and, to:

Explore CP's healing and empowering benefits

Promote personal awareness

Deepen empathic connections

Encourage unconditional acceptance of self and other

Events & Programs

For information about events and programs connected to the CCSU Compassion campaign, an initiative of the Forum for Contemplative Practices.

Moment To Moment Meditations

Spring 2020:
When: Thursdays, 3:00pm-3:30pm
Where: The Center for Africana Studies, 008 Marcus White

Forum Bulletin Board

"Can Contemplative Practices Change the Brain in Beneficial Ways?"

Neuroscientific research confirms what ancient wisdom traditions have long professed: meditation practice is associated with changes in the brain that improve attention and emotion regulation. READ MORE

"Your vision will become clear, only when you look into your heart... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." Carl Jung



When each of us learns to appreciate the critical importance of ethics and makes inner values like compassion and patience an integral part of our basic outlook on life, the effects will be far-reaching. At the level of the individual, doing so will help bring about greater happiness and provide a real sense of purpose and meaning in our lives. And at the level of society, as more and more of us do the same, there is a real chance that we will move decisively in the direction of a culture that is less materially focused and instead pays closer attention to our inner, spiritual resources. The benefits of doing so will be shared by all.

From: Beyond Religion: Ethics for the Whole World, p.185