mind & life institute
Mind & Life emerged in 1987 from a meeting of three visionaries: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama — the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and a global advocate for compassion; Adam Engle, a lawyer and entrepreneur; and Francisco Varela, a neuroscientist. While the trio understood that science had become the dominant framework for investigating the nature of reality — and the modern source for knowledge that could help improve the lives of humans and the planet — the three regarded this approach as incomplete. Whereas science relies on empiricism, technology, “objective” observation, and analysis, the Dalai Lama, Engle, and Varela were convinced that well-refined contemplative practices and introspective methods could, and should, be used as equal instruments of investigation — instruments that would not only make science itself more humane but also ensure its conclusions were far-reaching. The Mind & Life Institute was formed to bridge this divide and advance progress in human well-being.
Global Force For HealingGlobal Force For Healing envisions a world where all women have access to quality, women-centered care regardless of where they live, their level of education, or financial status. In this world, all babies are welcomed with love, all mothers are treated with compassion and respect, and all communities are supported to be healthy and thrive.
In its early years, 1440 Foundation was entirely focused on philanthropic grant-making in support of individuals and organizations committed to helping us grow in relationship, spirit, and wellness. The creation of 1440 Multiversity stemmed from a desire to establish a beautiful and nurturing physical location where people of all walks of life could come together in community—to explore, learn, reflect, connect, and reenergize.
Change your Mind. Change the World. Led by world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard J. Davidson, the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, UW-Madison, conducts rigorous scientific research on healthy qualities of mind such as kindness, compassion, forgiveness and mindfulness.
The New ABCs – Attention, Balance & Compassion are taught through games, activities, instruction and sharing to develop: (1) Awareness of inner experience (awareness of thoughts, emotions and physical sensations); (2) Awareness of outer experience (awareness of other people, places and things); and (3) Awareness of both together without blending the two. The program has been greatly influenced and shaped by the work of the following authors: Drs. Jon Kabat Zinn (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), Suzi Tortora (Dance Movement Therapy for Young Children); Jeffrey Schwartz (Mindfulness Based Training for OCD); Dan Siegel (Attachment/Attunement Theory); Alan Wallace (Cultivating Emotional Balance), as well as the Ojai Foundation Council Program.
Empowering Students & Educators with Mindful Awareness. The Heart-Mind Education Project exists as a supportive and active contributor to the growing field of Mindfulness in Education. All trainings and services are provided in the interest of cultivating a more well-rounded educational experience for students, educators, parents, and others committed professionals such as MFTs and MSWs.
Mission: To accelerate the advancement of innovative programs and services that fundamentally improve healthcare experiences in our community. Vision: To guarantee the availability of resources and community expertise for achieving excellence in healthcare.
The Trust for the meditation process
Flourish educational programs are made possible by a grant from the Trust for the Meditation Process, a charitable foundation encouraging meditation, mindfulness and contemplative prayer.
wood river women's foundation
Flourish educational programs are made possible by a grant from the Wood River Women's Foundation, a charitable foundation that inspires and educates women to become leaders in philanthropy and brings significant, positive change to the community by pooling and distributing its members' resources.