The process and contribution of contemplative practices in recovery from mental illhealth in particular and any illness in general is meant to be the core domain of the Journal of the Center for Contemplative Practice (ISSN awaited). We hope to promote examination of the role and the impact of contemplative practices on recovery from the whole spectrum of human ailments with a special emphasis on the dynamics of training and guiding the mentally ill through contemplative practice regimens. We seek to look into the putative and hypothesized mechanistic underpinnings of different contemplative practices as also study if, when, how and why these practices facilitate, enrich and expedite the recovery process. We aim to do all this by searchingly and competently examining contemporary research via scientific reviews, presenting perspectives, opinion, expository and analytical essays as well as promoting awareness of the possible application of contemplative practice in the mainstream healing arts. Our subject domains include but are not limited to –
- Cancer recovery and contemplative practice
- Chronic pain and contemplative practice
- Mind-body approaches in wellness recovery
- Contemplative practice and psychosis
- Applying contemplative practices in childhood
- Capacity and ability to sustain long-term contemplative practice
- Affection, compassion and contemplation
- Death, death anxiety, dying and contemplation
- Psychological time, trauma and contemplation
- The biology of contemplation and contemplative practices
According to the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, contemplative practices inculcate a reflective, first person view of direct experience or a focus on complex constructs or situations. Contemplative practices usually involve a movement into what we deeply value for ourselves, our loved ones and the world and more often than not engender a practiced calm and centered state that can be very helpful in exploring and connecting to what we find most meaningful as well as realizing wellbeing- enhancing qualities such as equanimity, compassion, gratitude and one-pointed attention. Contemplative practices do not necessarily require solitude and can be undertaken in groups and communities. There are a wide range of contemplative practices not limited to meditation and mindfulness, contemplative music, art and dance as well as movement practices such as yoga, Tai chi chuan and Qigong. To help illustrate the range of such practices, please take a look at the image of ‘The tree of contemplation’ below, (Credits: www.contemplativemind.org).
We welcome submissions from researchers, students and anyone interested in the contemplative arts from all disciplines. In addition to scholarly work we invite lay person perspectives as well as first person experiential accounts of the process, results and benefits of contemplative practice. In the spirit of open access, we have kept the submission, review and publication process transparent, quick and simple and seek to adopt an open review process which allows readers to review and comment on the articles posted in the issues. All such reviews will be moderated by the editor and aid in the robustness of the review process.
Given the relative scarcity of know how about the mechanisms and applications of contemplative practices in facilitating healing and recovery amongst healthcare and other professions, we thought it best to adopt the rolling issue model of journal publication. This means that one issue will be ‘live’ throughout a year and will keep including submissions as they come. As the first issue goes live, we request our readers to periodically revisit the journal pages and the issue for new submissions. We aim to have one issue live per year.