Middlebury

 

meleo meyer

The Promise and Practice of Mindfulness

lecture by Florence Meleo-Meyer

Friday, October 21, 2011

4:30 p.m. lecture

229 Axinn

Mindfulness is an innate human capacity to pay wise attention to what is happening in one’s life.  It leads to a deeper, more compassionate and skillful connection with one’s gifts, challenges and choices.  Mindfulness might best be described as our capacity for moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness.  In its most fundamental dimensions, mindfulness is a highly developed form of attention training – an instrumental method for learning to focus, sustain, deploy and refine attention.

Florence Meleo-Meyer, M.S., M.A., is a senior teacher at the world-renowned Stress Reduction Program at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She directs Oasis, the Institute for Professional Training, as well as the Mindfulness in Education Project.  With depth, clarity, humor and warmth, she has taught mindfulness to students, educators and professionals in medicine, psychology and business in the U.S. and abroad. 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workshop participants will leave these Saturday workshops (one for faculty and staff, and one for students) with mindfulness practices which can immediately be incorporated into busy days.  Guided-practice CDs to deepen practice will be provided to all Saturday workshop participants.  We will cultivate the following:

Concentration
Mental stability
Resiliency
Listening
Responding rather than reacting
Creativity

Additionally, we will  learn and practice:

Basic mindfulness meditation skills and theory;
Current information on stress psychology and physiology experienced directly;
How “being awake” in the moment can impact our experience with stress, self-esteem and social interactions.

For Middlebury College Faculty and Staff: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011

9:00 a.m.-12 noon, 229 Axinn Center

For Middlebury College students: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011

1:00-4:00 p.m., 229 Axinn Center

Registration is required for the workshops, but not for the Friday lecture; please contact Ellen McKay to register, emckay@middlebury.edu. Refreshments will be served on Saturday.