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Mindfulness Across Campus

Your Healthy Workplace Committee (HWC) invites you to participate in Mindfulness Across Campus with your colleagues.

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing and not being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us. Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, Founder and former Director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, helped bring the practice of mindfulness meditation into mainstream health care. Mindfulness is not a religion—anyone, with any belief system, can enjoy its benefits, many of which are based in research.

Benefits of mindfulness

Mindfulness can improve:
  • Well-being: By focusing on the here and now, many people who practise mindfulness find they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.
  • Physical health: If greater well-being isn’t enough of an incentive, scientists have discovered mindfulness techniques can help improve physical health in a number of ways. For example, mindfulness can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, and improve sleep.
  • Mental health: In recent years, mindfulness meditation has become an important element in the treatment of a number of mental health challenges including anxiety, depression and substance use.

Mindfulness drop-in sessions will be facilitated across campus for the duration of the Fall term. Sessions will commence the week of Monday, October 29 and will run on the day, time and locations listed below for all faculty and staff:

When

Where

Facilitators

Tuesdays from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Software and Informatics Research Centre, Room 1310U (participants should knock on Room 1300U for entrance)

  • Claire Ferguson-Kaake, Senior Records Officer
  • Christine Mason, Records Officer
  • Gaby Waller, Admissions Assistant

Tuesdays from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

(no class on November 6)

The FLEX, Room G2004 (Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre)

  • Angela Wood, Fitness Co-ordinator

Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon

Science Building, Room 3021

  • Wendy Stanyon, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

Thursdays from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre, Room 3011

  • Sylvie Bardin, Associate Teaching Professor, Faculty of Science

Fridays from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Social Science and Education Library, 61 Charles Street Building, first floor

  • Jen Clarke, Projects and Production Officer
  • Cathie Griffin, Library Technician

Faculty and staff are welcome to drop in to any session(s). You may wish to bring your own yoga mat/cushion and water.

 

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