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Mindful Meditation

The Wellness Committee is pleased to announce a new, multi-part Mindful Meditation course open to Library employees this spring.

The instructor is Kristina Reese from Hatha Yoga and Fitness. At each session, Kristina will guide participants through gentle meditation techniques. Methods vary across sessions to give participants a taste of different ways of approaching meditation. The program builds gradually over six sessions as participants become more comfortable meditating. The sessions are appropriate for all levels of practice. Attending all sessions is recommended and helpful for learning and practicing the various tools presented, but not required.

Dates: Thursday, February 13
Tuesday, February 25
Thursday, March 12
Thursday, April 2
Tuesday, April 14
Thursday, April 30
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Place: 106 Library
Cost: There is no cost to attend but class size is limited, so please register.

What is Mindful Meditation & Why is it Helpful

Whether you're thinking about family life, work, school, what you're going to make for dinner, what you said at yesterday’s meeting, or all of the above, it's easy to get caught in a pattern of swirling thoughts. Mindfulness meditation is a mental training practice that can be helpful in these situations. It brings you and your thoughts into the present, focusing on emotions, thoughts, and sensations that you're experiencing "in the now." Through this series, you will learn how to cultivate tools for mindfulness including breath awareness, visualization, body scan practices, and focus techniques. Each session includes specific mindfulness meditation tips and techniques, a guided meditation session, and time for reflection. By the end of the series, participants will be equipped to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives and maintain their own meditation practice (again, participation for all sessions recommended, but not required).

• Reduce stress hormones linked to heart disease and immune function
• Improve emotional steadiness, gain mental clarity and peace of mind
• Build techniques for managing pain, anxiety and sleeplessness
• Enhance brain efficiency and improve concentration and focus
• Increase compassion and improve communication and relationships

This series is sponsored by the Wellness Committee with the generous support of Dean Wilkin. For questions, please email me at revell@illinois.edu.

Date:
Thursday, April 2, 2020 Show more dates
Time:
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:
Main Library 106
Campus:
Main Library
Categories:
  Wellness  
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