I take the opportunity to wish all readers of this meditation research blog a successful and free year 2015.
Reminded by the recent events in France I also want to share my wish that we may never forget the importance of the freedom of speech, the foundational value of any free culture. May we also never forget the precious good of freedom and democracy, which is not a given and needs to be defended – even in the 800th year after the declaration of the Magna Carta. May we never give in to the intimidation that is based on hatred and confusion. The flourishing of human potential requires the freedom to express ourselves, to present our views and opinions without fear of prejudice or retribution. May we be guided by strength and courage and never accept cowardice. Discovering inner freedom of mind is only possible where outer freedoms of thought and expression are preserved.
Regarding meditation and mindfulness research I think the most exciting event of this year is likely to be the CMC conference Mindfulness and Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice from 03 to 07 June 2015 in San Francisco. Organised by the recently established International Association Consciousness, Mindfulness, Compassion it brings together a broad range of speakers with a rich and varied background. These include Josephine Briggs (Director, NIH NCCAM), Shauna Shapiro (Santa Clara University), Willoughby Britton (Brown), Ajahn Amaro (Amaravati Buddhist Monastery), Geoffrey Samuel (Cardiff University), David Vago (Harvard Medical School), Linda Ruth Cutts (San Francisco Zen Center), Anam Thubten (Dharmata Foundation), Clifford Saron (UC Davis) and many more.
Taking a broad multi-disciplinary perspective the conference will explore how meditation practices and rigorous scientific studies best inform each other for a greater common good.
Registration for the conference is now open and for all who want to contribute to the conference, the submission deadline for abstracts has just been extended to 15 February 2015.
More information about the conference can be found at www.cmc-ia.org/mcc2015
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