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Free Meditation & "Mindfulness" Class

Madison Union, Room 320
Mondays at 5:15pm

Wondering if "mindfulness" is for you? An aenue to reduced stress and anxiety? A way to manage health concerns? To enrich your life? Enhance relationships?

Join us on Mondays at 5:15pm in the Student Activities and Involvement office (MU 320) as we explore the skillset known as "Mindfulness", learn about Koru for emerging adults as well as MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and other contemplative practices.

This is planned to  be a relaxed and welcoming introduction to skills that are life affirming in many ways. Come find out for yourself! No registration required. No experience or special clothing required. No pressure to attend more than once. Nothing to lose!

For more information, email Shari Scofield.

Contemplative Practices for Self-Care (Faculty Community)

Rose Library, Room 5211
Wednesdays, 12–1pm

This Faculty Community is offered on Wednesdays from noon to 1pm during the regular semester.

How do educators and faculty leaders take care of their inner life during the hustle and bustle of the academic year? Join a community that engages in self-care through exploring contemplative practices. Mindfulness meditation/quiet centering practice, walking meditation, metta (loving kindness) meditation, 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 at this weekly opportunity. In addition, participants will discuss how contemplative practices apply to other aspects of their teaching, scholarship, career, and work-life integration.

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: The Initiative for Contemplative Study and Practice, JMU.

Facilitator: Ed Brantmeier, Ph.D. Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education Department and Center for Faculty Innovation.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

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

Faculty participants will make progress toward this career planning outcome:

  • Indentifying strategies to maintain balance in work-life continuum
Madison Meditates

Madison Union, Room varies
Monday through Friday, Time varies

Feeling stressed or scatterbrained? Join us any day of the week for an hour of mindful meditation practice to calm your nerves and quiet the mind. No experience is necessary, and all mats, cushions, and chairs are provided. Each day offers a slightly different flavor of meditation depending on the faculty facilitator:

  • Monday: Meditate with Mecca Baker and Vic Tedrow, Madison Union 419, 12–1pm
  • Tuesday: Qigong with Blue Heron Healing Arts Instructor Grayson Pritchard, Madison Union 419, 4–5pm
  • Wednesday: Meditative Creative Arts Exploration with Professor Karin Tollefson-Hall, Madison Union 419, 12–1pm
  • Thursday: Mindfulness, Mantras, and More with Shari Scofield (aka Jyoti), Madison Union 206, 4–5pm
  • Friday: Yoga Nidra!, Madison Union 419, 12–1pm

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