Mindfulness series for UCalgary students

Mindfulness is learning how to be fully present in the moment. In these sessions, we’ll explore what Mindfulness is and is not, how we can use it to manage stress and how it’s a foundation for navigating a complex life. We’ll discover how Mindfulness is a skill we already possess, it just needs to be developed.

Mindfulness helps us work out how we are “being” while we are “doing”. There will be time for questions, personal reflection and comments. An open heart and mind will be beneficial. References and resources are provided.

What to Expect:

  • Each session is 2.5 hours.
  • You can register at any time, even after the series has begun.
  • The first three sessions will cover a core curriculum of basic practices. The last three sessions are drop in if you missed earlier sessions and/or to enhance your practice. The value of these sessions is proportionate to your participation.
  • Chairs will be provided, but you can bring a cushion if you prefer sitting on the floor.
  • A beginner’s mind, curiosity, a non-judgmental attitude, trust and courtesy will enhance your experience.
  • The sessions allow you to practice and explore mindful sitting, breath-work, attention to your senses, walking, body awareness (using simple yoga poses) and mindful eating.
  • Session 1 will include, in part, a presentation on the history of Mindfulness – its relevance to wellness and mental health and the research that supports Mindfulness practices. The rest of the sessions are experiential.
  • Each session has guided instruction and opportunity for conversation and questions.
  • You’ll be invited to do daily practice between sessions (10 – 15 minutes daily). Daily personal practice is shown to enhance the benefits of mindfulness.
  • Anonymous evaluation forms are distributed at the end for feedback. No personal data is reported on.

This series is open to all UCalgary Students. No previous experience with Mindfulness or meditation is required.

Sessions begin Tuesday, May 1 and run to Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

For more information and to register: Mindfulness Series for UCalgary students

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