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30 Minute Drop-In Guided Meditation Sessions

Spring 2017, student lead guided meditations will resume on Mondays at 6:30 PM, Tuesdays at 8:45 AM, Wednesdays at 10:00 AM, Thursdays at 5:00 PM and Fridays at 5:00 PM at the Spiritual Center.

Eight-Week Non-Credit Courses

De-Stressing Through Mindfulness

Through a variety of meditations, mindful movement, experiential activities, information and discussions on topics such as stress, perception and choice, students are given the foundation to begin a personal practice in mindfulness. These evidence-based practices enable students to change unhealthy patterns of behavior and to live happier and more connected lives.

In addition to attending all 8 classes, students are expected to meditate 20 minutes each day, attend one 30 minute drop-in session each week and attend one three hour silent retreat with guided meditation on Saturday, April 8th from 10 am to 1 pm.

  • Session A:  Wednesdays, February 15th through April 12th from 10:00-11:15 AM
  • Session B:  Wednesdays, February 15th through April 12th from 12:30-1:45 PM
  • Session C:  Wednesdays, February 15th through April 12th from 4:00-5:15 PM
  • Session D:  Tuesdays, February 28th through April 28th from 4:00-5:15 PM

Advanced Course in Self Compassion & Mindful Communication

The Purpose of the Mindful Communication course is to develop a deeper understanding of compassion and how it can be fostered.  The first part of this 8 week course focuses on compassion for the self; this is the stepping-stone to developing better communication skills and compassion for others.  The second half of the course will explore practices related to becoming aware of communication patterns and new options for approaching relationships in your daily life.

  • Tuesdays, February 28th through April 28th from 12:30 – 1:45 PM
    Deadline to Apply: Thursday, February 23rd

In addition to attending all 8   classes, students are expected to meditate 20 minutes each day, attend one 30 minute drop-in session each week and attend one three hour silent retreat with guided meditation on Saturday, April 8th from 10 am to 1 pm.

Completion of the De-Stressing through Mindfulness or another similar mindfulness course is a pre-requisite for this course.

There is a once a year $25 fee for attending any of the Center’s courses (not including the weekly drop-in meditation or the Circle dinners), except in the event of financial hardship.  Students will not be expected to pay the $25 fee until after the first class and a 15 minute one on one interview with the instructor.   Sign-up for the one on one interviews will occur during the first class.  Go to CMC Course Offerings Spring 2017 to apply.

 

Custom Workshops for Clubs, Classes, and Student Organizations

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

Circle of Compassion (Student Organization)

This Circle gathers weekly over Monday night dinners at 7PM in the Spiritual Center. Over dinner, the group explores issues related to living a purposeful and meaningful life through the lens of mindfulness and compassion.  Dinners are provided and vegan friendly.  The Circle is a welcoming place for all students – please feel free to drop by!  To get e-mails with updates on weekly dinner topics contact circle@tcnj.edu or go to their website, Lion’s Gate page, or Facebook group.

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