Our Story

Since 2010, Flourish Foundation has been dedicated to promoting contemplative-based practices in communities for the purpose of achieving mental balance and universal compassion. 

The heart of our work focuses on the human potential to be morally and ethically responsible world citizens. Through our tenure as a social-profit we have gained a unique perspective in using contemplative practices to not only enhance personal performance or mitigate stress, but to truly inspire global change from the inside out.

So far the modern trend for addressing these global challenges has been focused on trying to create more effective laws and governmental policies, strengthening domestic and international security, and innovate new technologies. Initially these have all been effective in temporarily managing some of the symptoms, but none of these interventions actually address the root of our global problems, the destructive views and tendencies that exist within the human heart and mind. Given this fact, many of humanity’s greatest thinkers in science, religion, philosophy, and politics have agreed that in order positively transform the world we must begin by transforming our own heart and mind.

 
 
All the major challenges we face in the world call for an approach based on ethical awareness and inner values. Safeguarding the future is not just a matter of laws and government regulations: it also requires individual initiative. We need to change our way of thinking and to close the gap between perception and reality.
— Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama
 
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Our Mission

Flourish Foundation is a social-profit dedicated to inspiring systemic change through cultivation of healthy habits of mind that promote personal well-being, benevolent social action, and environmental stewardship.

Given the global crisis we all face, never before has mental balance and global compassion been so necessary for our survival. If we can cultivate true inner contentment and free ourselves from the narrow confines of self-centeredness, then it may be possible to live sustainably with the personal conviction of being more rather than having more. With this shift from quantitative to qualitative growth, each one of us can peacefully and wholeheartedly contribute to preserving the conditions of life for all future generations.

To fulfill our mission Flourish Foundation offers a wide variety of programs that focus on developing heathy habits of mind across the entire span of our communal life.

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Vision

We envision a collaborative world community oriented toward the development of inner resources that nurture individual, collective and environmental well-being.

 

 

Core Values

Flourish Foundation is committed to invigorating change from the inside out with the following core values:

1) Our mental life determines the way we view and engage with the world.

2) Our mental life is continuously evolving and can be intentionally cultivated.

3) To create and sustain positive changes in the world we need to cultivate healthy habits of mind.

Within this context, healthy habits of mind are defined as qualities of mind that give rise to individual well being through the attainment of mental balance and collective well being through the promotion of universal compassion.

We are proud to provide offerings for all phases of life – from mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting to mindfulness programs for seniors.

 
 
 

It's time to Flourish.

In August 2016, top level scientists recommended the term Anthropocence to officially recognize a new epoch of time that we are experiencing on planet Earth.

What is unique about this recommendation is that the term Anthropo, meaning human, refers specifically to the drastic impact that our human behaviors are having on the earth’s geology and ecosystems. Currently, the rate of species extinction is between 100 and 1,000 times higher than the normal rate, atmospheric carbon levels are now 60 PPM above the recommended level by climate scientists, and deforestation rates remain alarmingly high.

On a societal level the world’s 500 or so billionaires have assets of 1.9 trillion dollars, a sum greater than the income of the poorest 170 countries in the world and the amount of money that the richest 1 percent of the world’s people make each year equals what the poorest 57 percent make. On a more personal level the World Health Organization projects that depression will be the second leading cause of disability worldwide by the year 2020 and it is estimated by the CDC that one person dies from suicide every forty seconds.

Fortunately, individuals and communities are working together to address these challenges at many different levels, but, until we find a way to shift the underlying mindsets that determine our behavior, lasting change will not occur within the systems in which we operate. In support of this claim, scientists have identified many leverage points for systems change, and there is a growing consensus that the most profound change occurs at the level of the mind. Donella Meadows, one of the most renowned environmental scientists of the last century, comments:

“People who manage to intervene in systems at the level of paradigm hit a leverage point that totally transforms systems…In a single individual it can happen in a millisecond. All it takes is a click in the mind, a new way of seeing. Of course individuals and societies do resist challenges to their paradigm harder than they resist any other kind of change.”

For thousands of years contemplative practices have proven to be an effective medium for inspiring change at this level by imparting inner contentment and global compassion. With these mental virtues individuals are empowered to live simply and joyously care for others. We believe this type of change is essential for bringing forth and protecting a harmonious way of life for all current and future generations.