Center for Faculty Innovation

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

Wed, 27 Apr 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This open faculty community will meet on Wednesdays from 12-1 PM on Zoom. Sign up for as many or as few sessions as will fit your schedule.

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How do educators, staff, students, 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. 

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

Facilitated by: Ed Brantmeier, CFI and College of Education.

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.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend, please sign up and leave a note at the end of the survey.

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 at or (540)568-4846.

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