Mindfulness Practice - Fall 2017

 

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Mindfulness has become quite fashionable in the past few years. There are numerous books on it. Google employees are encouraged to practice it. Facebook has a meditation. Every year in February, Silicon Valley tech firms come out and attend the Wisdom 2.0. It can be practiced as part of psychotherapy. The promise is to make us more efficient, productive and calm. However, is this mindfulness? How can you benefit from a mindfulness practice? In this seminar, participants will explore basic guided meditations. Discuss what mindfulness is and isn’t; and how it can be applied in our classrooms.


Five, 45 minute seminars will exlplore Mindfulness, the benefits, and the hype.

Sessions will be held on 9/27, 10/10, 10/25, 11/7, 11/15 from 12:00pm to 12:45pm in Halle Library room 109B. See below for details about each session.


Session 1 (Wednesday, September 27, noon-12:45) –  Intro Mindfulness

  • Introductions –
    • Internal Weather Check
    • What is Mindfulness?
    • The benefits and the hype?
    • How can this be applied in your life/career/classes?
    • 3 minute breathing space
    • Discuss experiences
  • Breathing Meditation – guided meditation
  • Discuss committing to doing the 3 minute breathing space

Session 2 (Tuesday, October 10, noon-12:45) -Movement-Based Practices (Suggest participant bring a blanket or a towel)

  • Internal Weather Check
  • 3 Minute Breathing Space
  • Check in - Discuss our commitment to our practice
    • How have we applied it in our life?
    • Discuss mindful activities (Mindful Bingo)
  • Tuning into the body –
    • Full Body Scan Meditation – Followed by brief discussion
    • Walking Meditation – Followed by brief discussion
  • Discuss for final session. Participants will either
    • Continue to commit to 3 minute breathing space &
    • Mindful Activity (Mindful Bingo)

Session 3  (Wednesday, Oct 25, noon-12:45) Gratitude Practices

  • Internal Weather Check
  • 3 Minute Breathing Space
  • Discuss challenges / successes / opportunities to practicing mindfulness.
    • into your classes?
  • Short unguided meditation
    • Discussion
  • A reading from a mindfulness book. (I will select this) – Followed by discussion
  • Gratitude Meditation (also knows has loving kindness or Benefactor Meditation) –
    • Followed by a brief discussion – How can this be integrated into our practice? Our classes?

Session 4 (Tuesday Nov 7, noon-12:45) – Tying it all together

  • Internal Weather Check
  • 3 Minute Breathing Space
  • Discuss challenges / successes / opportunities to practicing mindfulness.
  • Short unguided meditation
  • Short Walking meditation
  • Mindfulness Reading
    • Discussion
  • Gratitude Meditation

Session 5 (Wednesday, Nov. 15, noon-12:45)  - Trying all together

  • Internal Weather Check
  • 3 Minute Breathing Space
  • Discuss challenges / successes / opportunities to practicing mindfulness.
  • Short unguided meditation
  • Short Walking meditation or Body Scan
  • Summarizing the Mindfulness seminars
    • What has been beneficial? Or not?
    • How can we help each other continue our practice beyond this term?
  • Finish with Gratitude Meditation.