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30 Minute Drop-In Guided Meditation Sessions

The Center will resume weekly drop-in meditation sessions for Spring 2017 starting January 24, 2017. Meditations will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:30 AM in the Spiritual Center. These sessions will include a reading or movement as well as 10-15 minutes of guided meditation and closing reflections, if any. Through the practice of mindfulness meditation on an ongoing basis one is able to access greater wisdom and compassion.

Half Day Workshops

Stress Reduction and Increased Productivity Through Mindfulness: Friday, February 24th from 12:30-4:00 PM

The purpose of these workshops is to allow participants to experience the benefits of mindfulness as well as to learn the biological and psycho-social underpinnings of the practice.  Through mindfulness one develops the ability to respond (as opposed to react) to negative internal commentary and difficult situations with greater calmness and clarity.
Maximizing the Benefit:
To maximize the benefit from this workshop, participants will be encouraged to practice meditation on their own for 10 minutes a day as well as to attend one of two drop-in mindfulness meditation groups each week for the month following the workshop.  Guided meditation tapes will be provided.

One month after the workshop, the attendees will meet to discuss their experiences and how it might benefit their department or school.  Attendees will also be asked to provide input on how to optimize future mindfulness programs.

The identical workshop will be offered twice this semester.  A maximum of 35 people will be accepted for each workshop.

This workshop is the pre-requisite for future mindfulness workshops on a variety of different topics including Self Compassion and Mindfulness and Mindful Communication.

Mindful Communications Part One: Compassion for Self: Friday, March 24th from 12:30-4:00 PM

For workshop descriptions and to apply go to  http://professionaldevelopment.pages.tcnj.edu/upcoming-workshopsspring17/.

Book Groups

The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion hosts book groups for the purpose of exploring the topic of compassion from a variety of perspectives.  Past book groups have focused discussions on the book “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life” by  Karen Armstrong, “Contemplative Practices in Higher Education” by Bargezat and Bush,  and “The Lost Art of Compassion” by Lorne Ladner.

Book groups meet on a monthly basis over lunch to discuss selected chapters of the book. For more information on upcoming book groups please e-mail at mindfulness@tcnj.edu.

Custom Workshops

The Center offers the following workshops to departments student organizations, classes and other groups on and off campus.

  • Mindfulness and Stress Reduction includes an overview of mindfulness, a discussion of stress perception and response, how the brain works as it relates to stress, how relaxation techniques differ from mindfulness meditation, the practice of a meditation on the breathe, and an overview of some of the many benefits of mindfulness.
  • Mindful Communication includes an overview of mindfulness, exploring obstacles to healthy communications, discussing behaviors that facilitate constructive listening and conversation and the notion of the “wise mind.”
  • Self-Compassion and Mindfulness includes a brief overview of mindfulness, discussion of compassion and then self-compassion.  Participants explores how self-compassion differs from self-esteem and self-care and are introduced to a system for fostering self-compassion through a guided meditation.

These workshops can be tailored to meet the particular needs of different groups. For further information on Center programs and resources e-mail: mindfulness@tcnj.edu

For information on other mindfulness opportunities and resources on campus go to: https://religiousandspirituallife.tcnj.edu/center-for-mindfulness-and-compassion/for-faculty-staff/.

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