"Don't just do something, sit there."
In a world that never stops, where external noise rages on and internal voices are amplified, what better way to carry on than to create a space for us all to simply sit and rest in moments of stillness and silence?
All around the city, social meditation spaces beckon. We invite you to join us for a once-a-month community sit and get inspired on making use of public and private spaces for practicing mindfulness and fostering good mental health.
Healthy Citizens = Healthy Cities
Mental wellbeing is a critical underlying component of a healthy society, and one which is currently underserved.
THE CONSCIOUS CITIES PROJECT
A conscious city is a large built environment that is aware of the needs of its inhabitants and responds to them through thoughtful design.
Much like gyms for physical health are now normal, mental health gyms are needed at scale to enable healthier communities, cities and countries.
The Conscious Cities project seeks to explore the connections between the built environment and citizen well-being, and advances a vision of healthier cities, by decoding the links between better mental health and conscious urban design.
Intentional Spaces * Intentional Meditators = Conscious Places
To be intentional is to be "on purpose". The creation of intentional social meditation spaces, along with intentional communication to drive purposeful usage of these spaces, brings a new, meaningful definition to a conscious city.
Mindfulness it the practice of being present with the mind, the body, and the spaces we inhabit.
Research is strong for the positive impact of mindfulness on mental health, including stress and anxiety reduction, depression relapse prevention, and managing addictive or destructive behaviours.
We propose mindfulness meditation as a preventive and cost-effective approach to improving community mental health and building individual and collective mental resilience in an increasing complex and uncertain world.
The Conscious Cities Index
We are exploring the creation of a "Conscious Cities Index" - a human design-oriented, data-driven model that can aid urban planners, policymakers, healthcare leaders, and the media in building a healthier, more conscious city.
We are looking for partners and collaborators who are engaged in urban analytics, mindfulness science, or a related discipline, and individuals who can help shape this new narrative around the "normalization" of meditation in public spaces.
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