I just finished reading Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities among Colleagues in Higher Education, and wonder if either GVSU or Ferris has any of these FMCs? Seems like a logical next step (for me, at least) after the May retreat on Contemplative Teaching. –Kim Ranger
News of a new review article titled “Integrating Contemplative Tools into Biomedical Science Education and Research Training Program” was shared today on the listserv for The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education. The news was shared by the author of the review article, Rodney R. Dietert. Dr. Dietert is Professor of Immunotoxicology in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (learn more about Dr. Dietert at: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/microbiology/faculty/Dietert/). It’s a very interesting read with ideas that can, naturally, be applied in other fields and disciplines.
The article is online at: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jbe/2014/239348/
I came across a blog post about the benefits of mindfulness to budding (or seasoned) researchers. Particularly for those among us mentoring undergraduate or graduate research students, the ideas presented are worthy of consideration. The journal article mentioned in the blog isn’t yet available, but I know that I will be watching for it.
Faculty from Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University spent a few days together in early June at the 2014 Integrating Contemplative Practices into Teaching and Learning Retreat. One of the contemplative practices we, well, practiced was mindful walking or walking meditation.
A nice set of instructions for this practice is provided by The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and written by Steven Smith. The instructions are online here: http://www.contemplativemind.org/practices/tree/walking-meditation. Enjoy!
At the 2014 Integrating Contemplative Practices into Teaching and Learning Retreat for faculty from Grand Valley
State University and Ferris State University, we participated in a webinar titled, “Towards an Embodied Social Justice: Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy.” The webinar was hosted by The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and featured Beth Berila, who is Director of the Women’s Studies Program and Professor in the Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department at St. Cloud State University.
Recordings of this and other webinars hosted by The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society are online at: http://vimeo.com/cmind.
A mindfulness practice we can use ourselves and offer our students is mindful eating. It is a practice that can honor the Earth and those persons whose work has made our food possible, deepen our eating experience, and cultivate our ability to pay attention to the present moment. It also has tremendous health benefits beyond meeting our nutritional needs.
The Center for Mindful Eating offers the following as an introduction to mindful eating:
Our relationship to food is a central one that reflects our attitudes toward our environment and ourselves. As a practice, mindful eating can bring us awareness of our own actions, thoughts, feelings and motivations, and insight into the roots of health and contentment.
You can learn more about The Center for Mindful Eating at http://www.thecenterformindfuleating.org/.
About The Center for Mindful Eating: (It) is a forum for professionals across all disciplines interested in developing, deepening and understanding the value and importance of mindful eating.
“The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry is an online-only, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal for all who design, research, teach, and assess contemplative and introspective methods and practices in college and university settings.”