Contemplative Ecology

Special Issue #03

Contemplative Ecology

Douglas Christie, Loyola Marymount University
Simone Kotva, Cambridge University
Ariel Evan Mayse, Stanford University
Devin Zuckerman, University of Virginia

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This Special Issue explores how contemplative practices, and the academic study of contemplation, can sensitize us to the ecological worlds in which we are embedded, and offer practices of attention and action that entail meaningful responses to ecological change. Broad and marshy in scope, authors in this special issue are invited to think with the concept of an ecotone, the transitional space between different ecosystems, as a way of conceptualizing the novel, interdisciplinary, and multi-perspectival approaches to ecology made possible under the rubric of Contemplative Studies. Invited formats for contributions therefore include research articles, short-form explorations, translations, annotated descriptions of contemplative practices with guidelines for contemporary use, and creative multimedia projects (visual art, video, music, and design).

Mindful Practices and Embodied Critical Thinking: Tensions and Transitions

Special Issue #02

Mindful Practices and Embodied Critical Thinking: Tensions and Transitions

Donata Schoeller, TECT (Training Embodied Critical Thinking)
Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir, University of Iceland
Greg Walkerden, Macquarie University, Australia

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This Special Issue explores embodied approaches to critical, analytic, and systematic thinking in dialogue with mindfulness practices. Articles focus on (i.) basic styles of meditative attention that support staying with an experience, and (ii.) practices of embodied critical thinking that engage with complex issues to move towards change. In so doing, authors ask, “What characterizes a mindful kind of thinking that engages bodily experiences to support careful and sensitive consideration of complex issues?” Authors draw from Euro-American contemplative traditions and contemporary philosophies including pragmatism, phenomenology, and Eugene Gendlin’s process philosophy to explore novel conceptual and practical approaches.

Psychedelics, Contemplation, and Religion

Special Issue #01

Psychedelics, Contemplation, and Religion

Daniel A. Hirshberg, University of Colorado-Boulder
Stuart Ray Sarbacker, Oregon State University

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Psychedelics are enjoying a popular and scientific resurgence of interest due to rigorous documentation of their therapeutic potential and experiences perceived to be profoundly spiritual. In this Special Issue, authors examine the role of psychedelics across a range of religious contexts and reflect on broad philosophical and interpretive frameworks utilized in research and practice. Articles contribute measured, nuanced, and accurate accounts of psychoactive substances in religion and contemplative practice. As a whole, the issue provides foundations for thinking critically and strategically about how scholarship on psychedelics can contribute to understandings of religious, therapeutic, and recreational applications of such substances in contemporary contexts.