Focus and Finish: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Student Services Building room 6

In this workshop, graduate students will be introduced to the practice of meditation as a holistic stress management tool and how to use the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) methods of Jon Kabat-Zinn, a well-known Mindfulness instructor and author of Full Catastrophe Living, Coming to Our Senses, and Where Ever You Go, There You Are. What is mindfulness? “Be fully present in the moment, non-judgmentally” best describes mindfulness, which leads to increased awareness of bodily apprehension, tension, and pressure.  Mindfulness principles facilitate settling down into ‘being’ rather than simply existing because of the endless ‘doing’ that seems so predominant in our lives. This workshop is designed to help you learn how to practice meditation and how to use mindfulness meditation as a tool for focusing on and finishing your graduate degree. <br><br>After participating in the workshops you will have:<br>• Learned how to use meditation for stress reduction purposes <br>• Learned the essential posture technique necessary for sitting meditation <br>• Increased awareness of bodily cues which signal the presence of stress and anxiety <br>• Improved your ability to lessen and/or release internally held pressure and tension <br>• Learned Breath Awareness techniques as the best way to be brought into the present moment<br><br>Research indicates that most people who engage in Mindfulness Based Stress Reductions feel:<br>• Lasting decreases in symptoms (sleep difficulties for example) <br>• Increased ability to relax <br>• Greater energy and enthusiasm for life <br>• Improved self-esteem <br>• Ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations