Webinars hosted by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

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.

Finding meaning in words

During the “Exploring the Impact of Contemplative Practices on Self and Students” retreat last week at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute — which, incidentally, was a fabulous space for the retreat — faculty from GVSU and FSU worked together to gain consensus on the meanings of couple of words. I provide here a few of the definitions of “mindfulness” that were proposed:

>> Non-attached;
>> Attention and awareness to the present moment without judgment;
>> Full awareness of the present moment;
>> Paying attention in the present moment without judgment; and
>> Deliberate awareness of the moment without judgment.

And here’s a little lagniappe:

Mindfulness image
From: Doug Neill

Mindfulness quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn
From: psychalive.org (Here’s an interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn)

At the Withered Tree

We held our final session of the “Exploring the Intersections of Mindfulness, Contemplative Practices, and Reflective Teaching” on Saturday, May 4.  It was a beautiful Spring day in Eastown, Grand Rapids, where we met at the Withered Tree 

Our sincere thanks to Karen for sharing the space with us! Thanks, too, to Clare and Carol for leading the contemplative practices for the group. The conversation, naturally, was rich, engaging, and thoughtful. A few videos and an upcoming event were mentioned during the conversation. I provide links here to those things:

Andy Puddicombe’s “All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes,” filmed in November 2012 at TEDSalon London

Jill Bolte Taylor’s “The Neuroanatomical Transformation of the Teenage Brain,” filmed at the TEDxYouth@Indianapolis and published online in February 2013.

An upcoming webinar: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 3-4 PM (EST), “Improvisation, Meditation, and Integral Theory: New Horizons in Contemplative Education,” with Ed Sarath, Professor of Music in the Department in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Director of U-M’s Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies. The webinar is made possible by the The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

This just crossed my electronic path: The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry. The Call for Submissions has been announced!

The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal for all those who design, research, teach, and assess contemplative and introspective methods and practices in college and university settings. Contemplative and introspective practices cultivate a critical, first-person focus and create new opportunities for students to engage with course material. The Journal promotes the understanding, development, and application of these methods in order to serve a vision of higher education as an opportunity for cultivating personal and social awareness and an exploration of meaning, purpose and values.

My thanks again to everyone who was present on Saturday for our last meeting together this semester; thank you for making time and contributing to the experience.

A webinar with Jack Kornfield on “Cultivating a Meaningful Mindfulness Practice”

I was catching up on my e-mail this evening when I read about a free webinar featuring Jack Kornield, Ph.D. that is scheduled for tomorrow (GASP!), March 14, 2013.  I can’t vouch for this particular webinar, but thought I’d let y’all know about it nevertheless.  It is scheduled for 3 PM (I provide a link to the webinar below).

About the webinar: Jack Kornfield will discuss (with a few comments of mine added):

  • What to do when your mindfulness practice falls into a rut (That’s familiar!)
  • How to help a client who is hesitant about meditation (Business metaphor aside, a student?)
  • Working with highly analytical clients (I know people like this. Self included.)
  • How mindfulness practice can open up possibilities in your work (Very cool.)

Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., is a psychologist and an author, and one of the teachers who introduced mindfulness practice and Vipassana meditation to the West.  Learn more about Jack Kornfield at: http://www.jackkornfield.com

To find more information about the webinar, visit http://www.onlinemeetingnow.com/seminar/?id=4b07dc1d96