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Wednesday, May 19 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Should mindfulness practices be embedded in the socio-cultural fabric of a university?

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Presenters: Michael Galvin, Katie Clare, and Kerry Hentges

People who practice mindfulness say it fundamentally changes how they experience life, which then becomes the goal. In the first half of this session, participants will learn about the history and teaching of mindful embodiment practices, and that of mindful meditation practices, ideas about whole-self awareness (and beyond) and the benefits of combining body and mind practices. We will discuss how mindfulness of body and mind can be best infused into the curriculum and co-curriculum, the specific benefits to students and educators of a regular practice, and how to facilitate student practice. In the second half of the session, participants will join in a typical guided embodiment meditation and a lightly guided, breath-noting mindfulness meditation practice followed by a debrief. Participants will leave the session with these two practices to take home and into their lives (and work), information about opportunities to practice with others in the university context and out, pathways to sustained learning and exploration, and an opinion as to the role of educators in promoting promising practices to their students and peers.

Wednesday May 19, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am EDT
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