Center for Faculty Innovation

Contemplative Practices for Pandemic Self-Care (Online Faculty Community)

Wed, 10 Feb 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Contemplative Practices will meet online on Wednesdays throughout the spring semester from 12:00-1:00 PM. Use the link below to register for any/all dates. 

Register here

How do educators, staff, and faculty leaders take care of their inner life during the new pandemic abnormal? Join a community who engages in self-care through exploring contemplative practices as power tools to cope, survive, and thrive. Mindfulness meditation/quiet centering practice, metta (loving kindness) meditation, communal processing, and compassionate listening will be explored. Research on contemplative practices suggest that they can help to foster focus, self-regulation, insight, empathy, and an interpersonal connection to others (APA article, Psychology Today article).

Explore contemplative practices and discuss your experiences in a community of peers, including staff and students, at this weekly opportunity. In addition, participants will discuss how contemplative practices apply to other aspects of work-life integration and to their career.  

Note:  Drop-in participation is welcome. Weekly participation is encouraged.  Regular participants will be invited and encouraged to co-lead contemplative practices to gain facilitation confidence—if so interested. 

Facilitator: Ed Brantmeier, Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education Department and CFI

Co-Sponsor:  Madison Meditates and The Initiative for Contemplative Study and Practice, JMU

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Experiencing contemplative practices;and
  • Applying contemplative practices to scholarship, teaching, career planning, and work-life integration.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this career planning outcome:

  • Identifying strategies to maintain balance in work-life continuum.

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, runiontt@jmu.edu or (540)568-4846.

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