Mindful Awareness Practices

Spring 2019: Mindfulness Awareness Practices for Stress Management (Maps)

Facilitator: Angelica Dellapenna, LMHC NCC

Mindfulness Based Stress Relaxation (MBSR) is a program implemented by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the hospital setting that guides patients to expand their awareness and ability to call attention to experiences [pain] in the present moment and establish a different relationship to it [the pain]. His interest focused on the mind/body interactions for healing. If you experience a lifestyle condition, mindfulness is an invaluable tool to help one cope with their bodies.
Mindfulness is the skill of being deliberately attentive to one's experience as it unfolds with mind control over the commentary. It can help us overcome the unskillful habits of the mind that cause us to suffer needlessly (Muesse, 2011). The common technique for developing mindfulness is the practice of meditation. We approach meditation in the spirit of opening ourselves to reality without judgment and attachment. Practicing mindfulness over time enhances the development of wisdom and compassion for self and others. This means seeing clearly the nature of reality with curiosity, openness, and acceptance. (Muesse, 2011).
This program is useful for students seeking an uninterrupted mental space to unleash their inner Zen. Students are under a tremendous amount of stress and pressure. Mindfulness is a remedy. Research findings indicate that those in educational settings experience benefits like greater attention, focus, memory and, increased performance, while also experiencing, decreased stress and anxiety.

Six Week Program Overview

This six-week program is a guide to developing the skill of mindfulness through mental and physical meditation practice that strengthens our natural abilities to bring moment-by-moment awareness to our lives (Muesse, 2011). At each gathering, general topics like managing will be introduced through the lens of mindfulness and then different contexts of meditation are practiced. At the beginning and end of each session, members will be invited to share their experiences from each session, and ongoing practices. More guided meditations will be lead on sitting, focused breath, scanning the body, presence and awareness.
Students are asked to commit to all six group sessions, meditate daily for at least 10 minutes (resources will be made available), and, although journaling is recommended, it is not required. The facilitator will be available via email.
Students must register in advance and complete brief, confidential surveys online through the Decker Student Health Services Center.

Mindfulness Meditation Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Appalachian 111 Begin Oct. 8, 2019.

The Mindfulness Meditation Program will begin Tuesday, Oct. 8 and run for eight consecutive Tuesdays (Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26). All sessions will be begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. location is in Mountainview Appalachian 111.

Pre-Registration

To register for the classes please complete the this form (http://binghamton.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dg0OAetYWHdcEHX)