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Understanding the Tree

On the Tree of Contemplative Practices, the roots symbolize the two intentions that are the foundation of all contemplative practices. The roots of the tree encompass and transcend differences in the religious traditions from which many of the practices originated, and allow room for the inclusion of new practices that are being created in secular contexts.The branches represent different groupings of practices. For example, Stillness Practices focus on quieting the mind and body in order to develop calmness and focus. Generative Practices may come in many different forms but share the common intent of generating thoughts and feelings, such as thoughts of devotion and compassion, rather than calming and quieting the mind
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Contemplative Practices

Activist Practices
Pilgrimage to areas where social justice issues are highlighted
Work and Volunteering
Vigils and Marches
Bearing Witness

Creative Practices
Contemplative Arts
Improvisation
Music and Singing
Journaling

Generative Practices
Lectio Divina
Visualization
Beholding
Loving-Kindness Meditation

Movement Practices
Labyrinth Walking
Walking Meditation
Yoga
Dance
Qigong
Aikido
Tai Chi Chu’an

Relational Practices
Council Circle
Dialog
Deep Listening
Storytelling

Ritual/Cyclical Practices
Ceremonies and Rituals based in Spiritual or Cultural Traditions
Establishing a Sacred/Personal Space
Retreats

Stillness Practices
Meditation
Quieting the Mind
Silence
Centering