Mindfulness Matters Week returned during Fall 2022
Faculty, staff and students had opportunities to learn about and practice mindfulness with three presentations by mindfulness experts from across the United States. All presentations were recorded on Zoom and are available below..
Meditation and the Brain with Sara Lazar, PhD
Tuesday, October 18th 1-2 pm
Sara W. Lazar, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In this talk, Dr. Lazar will present data about how the structure and function of the brain changes as the result of mindfulness meditation practice. These brain changes in turn lead to reduced stress and improved emotion regulation and cognition. IN the first half of the talk, she will discuss how mindfulness practice helps with stress, pain, and fear. In the second half, she will present data on memory, attention and executive functioning, including data from a two-year follow-up study.
Basics of Mindfulness for Self-Care and Stress Management with Marvin Belzer, PhD
Wednesday, October 19th 12:45-1:45 pm
Marvin G. Belzer, PhD has taught mindfulness meditation for 25 years. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. His workshop will include (a) an overview of what mindfulness is and how we practice mindfulness in meditation, (b) a brief guided meditation, (c) discussion of how mindfulness can be used to deal with difficulty physical and mental states, and (d) how to teach this material in an undergraduate course.
How Mindfulness Can Support Authenticity and Connection in Daily Life with Suzanne Rusnak, MEd, MSSA, LSW
Thursday, October 20th 12-1 pm
Suzanne Rusnak is an independent mindfulness teacher, as well as the Coordinator of Mindfulness Programming for University Hospitals' Connor Integrative Health network. Her presentation will focus on how mindfulness helps build connections between people.
Listen to Suzanne's Presentation
Mindfulness Matters Training for Faculty
Are you interested in mindfulness and meditation? Would you like to learn more about those techniques and how to use them in your classroom to enhance the student learning experience? Please consider participating in the Mindfulness Matters Training Program which will begin in December with three mindfulness training sessions led by Suzanne Rusnak, MEd, MSSA, LSW, an experienced mindfulness instructor and practitioner. Suzanne will offer three sessions which we encourage everyone to attend, with recordings available for any session missed. This zoom-based training will prepare faculty to integrate brief mindfulness activities into their weekly classroom experience during that time. Participation in the research portion of this project will also be an option for interested faculty.
In the short term this project may improve student mindfulness, stress and well-being, faculty confidence in integrating mindfulness into their classes, and the classroom experience for both faculty and students.
Resources for Mindful Teaching and Learning
- Jon Kabat Zinn, Mindfulness for Beginners
- Jack Kornfield, Meditation for Beginners
- David Gelles, Mindful Work
- Chade Meng Tan, Search Inside Yourself
- Arthur Zajonc, Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry
- Rep. Tim Ryan, A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit
- Holly Rogers, The Mindful Twenty-Something
- George Mumford, The Mindful Athlete
- Jerome T. Murphy (former dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education), Dancing in the Rain: Leading with Compassion, Vitality, and Mindfulness in Education
CD’s and downloads:
- Jon Kabat Zinn, Guided Mindfulness Meditations
- Tara Brach, Mindfulness Meditation: Nine Guided Practices to Awaken Presence and Open Your Heart
- Pema Chodren: Fully Alive: A Retreat on Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change