Mindfulness Matters Week

Mindfulness Matters Week was October 26-30, 2020

Keynote presentation: Mirabai Bush, Senior Fellow of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
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Mirabai Bush headshot

A pioneer in the introduction of mindfulness into higher education as well as other sectors of society, Mirabai Bush will share the recent history of mindfulness on campuses as well as the benefits to students, faculty, and staff.   Her talk will include the role of supplemental contemplative practices, the need to adapt teaching of mindfulness to the population and the educational setting, examples of effective programs, and the relation of mindfulness to current academic and social concerns, including distance learning, racial justice, chronic distraction, and questions of identity.  Mirabai is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and teaches a mindfulness intensive at Amherst. While working with Google, developed their mindfulness curriculum, Search Inside Yourself.

Mindfulness Resources (Suggested Before Lecture)

Mirabai Bush and Daniel Barbezat, Contemplative Practice in Higher Education: Powerful Methods To Transform Teaching and Learning

Radical Well Being in Higher Education: Approaches for Renewal, Justice, and Sustainability, The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, Fall 2019

Webinar: Cultivating Compassionate Teaching During the Coronavirus

Weekday Sessions

Mindful Parenting - watch the recording!
Our state of mind can affect the ability to parent effectively. Interaction with children/adolescents may be rooted in anger, frustration or other emotions rather than on what is needed to parent effectively in the moment. The practice of mindfulness teaches us to be aware of these feelings within ourselves and gives us the capacity to not be driven by them. Mindfulness creates a space where we meet our children’s/adolescents’ needs in a more skillful and appropriate manner and to be at peace with the complex task of parenting. This session, presented by Laurie Cunningham, Phd. LISW & John Cunningham, Insight Meditation Teacher, will cover the foundations of mindfulness as applied to parenting covering basic principles as well as share resources, a short practice, and concluding with Q & A.

See the Mindful Parenting resources.

Mindfulness for Anxiety Management - watch the recording
Explore how a consistent practice of mindfulness can help reduce feelings of anxiety and stress in the physical body. By learning to quiet the mind and live in the present moment, the body, too, will quiet, become calmer, more relaxed and able to experience the joy of living. This session, presented by Julie Schlemmer, BS, E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist, Reiki Master, Health Coach, will introduce the practice of mindfulness meditation, the importance and significance of working with the breath, and how the body shifts and releases tension with subtle movements.


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

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