What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness encourages paying attention to what is happening during each moment of your life. With mindfulness, we develop the ability to let go of worries and fears about the future, let go of concerns about the past, and experience the present moment with a sense of calm and curiosity. In a basic way, mindfulness gives us the ability to wake up to our life and stop the automatic way of living, which disconnects us from our body, mind, and relationships.
Why is mindfulness helpful?
When we stop during our day to practice mindful awareness, we often realize our mind and body are in completely different places. This mind/body disconnection is present during a lot of mundane tasks, including brushing our teeth, driving the car, and eating. In fact, if you pay attention to what your mind is doing right now you might notice a fair bit of wandering off and disconnection occurring. Indeed, observing the mind often results in recognizing that our mind is often somewhere else - worrying, making plans, remembering a past problem, or passing judgment. In this way, we live life more from a place of mindlessness than mindfulness. Living mindlessly robs us of the present moment and prevents us from enjoying some of the most enjoyable things about being alive. Learning to wake up to our life and pay attention with mindfulness represents a starting point for reducing stress and connecting our mind and body.
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Drop-in for a FREE 30 minute Meditation Session
Mondays @ 12:30 PM starting 1/9/17
Open to all students, faculty, and staff of the U. NO registration required, just drop by room 334 in the Student Services Building. Participants can attend as many times as they like so long as they are a student, faculty, or staff of the university.
Feel Better Now: Skills for Managing Anxiety and Sadness (FREE)
This 4 week workshop is held in room 334 of the Student Services Building
Monday 1-2 PM: runs 1/23/17 - 2/13/17
Tuesday 12-1 PM: runs 1/24/17 - 2/14/17
This 1 hour workshop includes 4 modules that are covered over the course of 4 weeks. Modules can be attended in any order, as well as repeated. Participants will learn a variety of effective and practical skills they can use to manage anxiety, decrease sadness, and increase focus. Feel Better Now is open to students of the U and you do not need to be a UCC client to attend. Workshops will repeat from module 1 on the weeks of February 27th and April 3rd. All participants need to register online before attending,
Mindful Approach to Work-Life Balance Workshop
Workshop is Full for Spring 2017This workshop for U faculty, staff, and graduate students is designed to introduce participants to mindful strategies for balancing work-life stress. Come learn effective coping tools for navigating the responsibilities of different life roles as well as techniques for managing stress and anxiety. This is a WellU offering. You must complete 5 of the 6 workshops qualify for credit. The cost is $40 for U faculty and staff and $20 for U graduate students. All participants need to register online before attending,