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30 Minute Drop-In Guided Meditation Sessions:

Spring 2018, student lead guided meditations will resume on Mondays at 7:30 AM and 6:30 PM, Tuesdays at 11:30 AM, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 7 PM at the Spiritual Center.

Eight-Week Non-Credit Courses (FREE):

Making the Most Out of Life with 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 of 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 10 minutes each day, attend one 30 minute drop-in session each week and attend one three hours silent retreat with a guided meditation on Saturday, March 24 from 10 am to 1 pm.

The Spring 2018 Courses are all being held on Tuesdays from February 13th through April 10.  The specific times for each course are as follows:

  • Session A:  12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
  • Session B:  2 PM to 3 PM
  • Session C:   3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Go to  CMC Courses Spring 2018 for more information and 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 Mindfulnes include 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 websiteLion’s Gate page, or Facebook group.

Circle Dinner Topic Schedule is as Follows:

January: The Neuroscience of Change

01/29 – Creating New Habits, Letting Go of the Old

February: Preparing for Healthy Relationships

02/05  – Radical Acceptance

02/12 –  Vulnerability and Valentines Day

02/19 –  MOVIE: Walk With Me – About Thich Nhat Hanh

02/26 –  Getting from Me to We

March Theme: Community

03/05 –  Positive and Negatives of Community

03/12 –  Spring Break

03/19 –  Visit Kidsbridge Museum

03/ 26 – Expanding Beyond Tribal Mentality

April Theme: The Natural World

04/02 – Learning from nature

04/09 – Animals and other living things

04/16 – Finding self in nature

04/23 – End of Year Celebration

 

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