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Explore the Mind and Heart

How do our minds work, and why do they do what they do? What does it mean to cultivate "heart" practices like compassion and forgiveness, and what's the benefit? Explore topics like these through the work of practioners, scientists, and organizations dedicated to alleviating suffering and enhancing well-being through knowing and growing the mind and heart.

 

Contemplative Practice Resources

People, communities & organizations dedicated to the art and science of contemplative practice; namely (but not solely) focused on practices and traditions associated with mindfulness and compassion practice.

Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

CMSC is an international non-profit dedicated to alleviating human suffering and improving the collective well-being of the planet through the practice of self-compassion. Explore their extensive meditation collection, in-person and virtual classes, offerings for MSC graduates, and more.

UCSD Center for Mindfulness

UCSD CFM provides a wealth of support and resources for mindfulness and compassion cultivation. Explore website for classes like MBSR, MBCT, and MSC, virtual meditation drop-ins, articles and more.

Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley

GGSC magazine turns scientific research into stories, tips, and tools for a happier life and a more compassionate society. Articles, podcasts, practical tips and more.

Compassion It

Compassion It is both a non-profit organization and a social movement, dedicated to connecting people around the world through compassionate actions and attitudes. Tailored programs are offered to companies as well as individuals, and through the website you can take classes, practice meditations, and join the global movement.

Interdependence Project

A multi-lineage organization dedicated to integrating traditional teachings in meditation, mindfulness, ethics, and compassion in an accessible and secular way; and integrating these practice into your life, intersecting with whatever interests you already hold (e.g., art, music, running, teaching, etc.). Explore workshops and professional trainings.

Radical Dharma

Arising from the book Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, this website provides community resources to join the conversation about racial justice in our society and Buddhist communities.

Compassionate Mind Foundation with Paul Gilbert

CMF provides a wealth of resources to "inspire and empower your compassionate mind," including audio, video, articles, special interest groups, and professional and personal education about Compassion Focused Therapy.

The Soulfulness Center

The Soulfulness Center is informed by science, inspired by spirit, infused with culture, and centered in soul. Offerings support and center the lived experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Explore free community meditations, articles, classes and events - and a special resource, Music For the Soul, connecting soulfulness to thematic playlists of richly rooted music.

UCLA Mindful Awareness Resource Center

MARC aims to provide mindfulness resources to people across the lifespan through education and research. Their signature courses are called Mindfulness Awareness Practices (MAPs), and their website includes an extensive library of free meditations, information about courses and events, and more.

Mindsight Resources from Dr. Dan Siegel

Dr. Dan Siegel, founding co-director of UCLA MARC, provides a blog, books, courses, and free resources dedicated to Mindsight and Interpersonal Neurobiology. Explore topics related to parenting, business, mental health, autism, and more.

Mind & Life Institue

Mind and Life Institute is at the forefront of the field of contemplative science, bringing science and contemplative wisdom together to better understand the human mind and create positive change in the world. Website includes podcast, courses, events, and more.

 

Expanding the Mind & Heart

Branching out a little, how can exploring art, creativity, music, poetry, spirituality, and what it means to be human contribute to the fullness of our lives and connect us to the people and world around us?

On Being

On Being offers podcasts, articles, and conversation around the intersection of spiritual living, science, social healing and the arts. At its core, a beautiful exploration of what it means to be human.

Poetry Unbound with Padraig O'Tuoma

Part of the On Being Project, Poetry Unbound is a delicious bi-weekly exploration of a single poem in 15-minute podcast episodes.

The Marginalian (formerly Brainpickings )

The labor of love published by Maria Popova, that explores "what it means to live a decent, inspired, substantive life of purpose and gladness, wonder-smitten by reality." Free weekly newsletters to inspire, amaze, ground, empower, and connect.

Bittersweet Playlist, from Susan Cain

Susan Cain, author of Bittersweet, shares a Spotify playlist with music that fosters in her a connection to what is most beautiful and poignant about our human experience - our longing, our yearning, our brief and beautiful time on this planet, and all of those bittersweet realities of being human. What would be on your playlist?