What is a contemplative liberal arts education?
It's been said that a liberal arts education teaches you to think. A contemplative
liberal arts education, on the other hand, teaches you to know.
From studying the humanities, social sciences, and arts you will develop analytic
and creative skills, research know-how, and the ability to express yourself eloquently
in writing and in speech.
From the study of meditation and other contemplative practices, such as yoga, Aikido,
Tai Chi Chuan, and others, you will learn courage, mindfulness, discipline, self-awareness,
From Naropa, you will learn to integrate thinking and knowing into a life of doing,
establishing a meaningful career from the depths of your mind, heart, and soul.
Can meditation make you smarter?
Increasingly, the answer seems to be "yes."
- A 2005 study by a Harvard researcher showed that areas of the brain associated with
attention, sensory awareness, and emotional processing were thicker in meditators.
- Research published in a 2009 edition of The International Journal of Psychophysiology demonstrated that college students who practiced transcendental meditation for ten
weeks reported less sleepiness, anxiety, and irritability than the control group,
plus they scored higher on a brain functioning test.
- Another study published in 2011 demonstrated similar findings: People trained in meditative
techniques showed increased density in their brains, in regions associated with learning
and memory, empathy, and compassion as compared to those in the control group.