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:

Mental stability
Responding rather than reacting

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, Refreshments will be served on Saturday.



unmade bed
Lecture: "You Must Pay the Sandman: Impacts of Sleep Deprivation on Health and Performance and What You Can Do About It"

by Dr. Hrayr Attarian, MD
Monday, April 14, 2008
4:30 p.m.
216 McCardell Bicentennial Hall

What can research tell us about the essential role sleep plays in helping us achieve our full learning potential? Study after study has shown that our brain performs crucial tasks of reviewing, organizing, and prioritizing while we sleep, consolidating what we have learned or practiced during the day. So the maximum benefit from studying or learning any sort of new skill takes place only after a good night's sleep.

Dr. Attarian is Director of the Vermont Regional Sleep Center, and Assoc. Professor of Neurology and Medicine at the University of Vermont School of Medicine.

The College Convocation Series seeks to bring together all members of the college community to reflect upon topics of broad intellectual and cultural importance.

Sponsored by the Samuel S. Stratton Fund, the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, the Ad-Hoc Committee on Campus Stress, departments of Neuroscience, Biology, Psychology, and Religion, and the Center for Counseling and Human Relations.