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What is Contemplative Study?

Contemplative Study encompasses anything “learned” in a meditative, integrative, and holistic atmosphere. This page could also be called, “Why do you call the classroom a ‘Shrine Room?'”  The answer is the same. In contemplative study, one uses the practice of meditation to assimilate new information as well as process ones internal responses to the experience.

At The Providence Institute, we do not espouse any particular doctrinal system or dogma, but we are very spiritual in our approach. We have a reverent and ritualistic approach to the practice of healing and spirituality. In fact, healing and spirituality are the same thing. They are not different.

So our rule, if any, is to abide in an open and reverent way as we learn different ways to realize enlightenment, our birthright. Enlightenment could be defined as realizing the true nature of oneself and the world. Enlightenment is personal to every individual, but we mostly draw from Buddhist and Shamanic traditions in our studies. Contemplative study evolved from many different traditions, but most prominently from Buddhism, where the study of texts and the hearing of teachings is done on the meditation cushion in a sanctuary known as a shrine room. Our shrine room is eclectic, honoring all genuinely earth-honoring, insightful, and compassionate spiritual traditions.

Contemplative study encompasses yogic practices, meditation, spiritual teaching, arts, energy work such as QiGong, and other mindfulness-based activities.

Any person of any age can engage in contemplative study.

Anything we learn in the contemplative style is learned more deeply and completely.