Mindful Leadership

I am teaching a one-credit online course called “Mindful Leadership” next Winter semester for GVSU’s new Adult Accelerated degree completion program. I would love your thoughts about course design. What would be your goto book/text? Do you think that returning students would be open to practicing mindfulness? What challenges exist within the online and accelerated (five weeks) format and how can they be overcome? These are a few questions that I am pondering and would love to hear your thoughts. All feedback is welcome!

A Growing Community

College Contemplative: A multi-author blog exploring contemplative and mindful pedagogies at the university level

Discovering this blog was a delight. I’m encouraged by the growing community of faculty, staff, and students whose lives, work, and learning are shaped by mindfulness and other contemplative practices. I am also happy to be able to savor the writing and work of a friend and former colleague, Bart Everson.

Mindfulness in the news

If you haven’t seen this piece, it is worth checking out!

NYTimes.com: Mindfulness: Getting Its Share of Attention


One lovely tool mentioned in the article is: http://www.getsomeheadspace.com/. Online resources about mindfulness as well as a handy app are available.

Thanks to Maureen Wolverton for sending a link to a set of podcast clips describing the integration of contemplative practice into courses: https://soundcloud.com/cmind/clip-of-acmhe-podcast-003. Members of ACMHE have access to the full podcasts: http://www.contemplativemind.org/resources/acmhe-podcast.



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)

Retreat resources sent by Maureen:



As a follow-up to our retreat events, Maureen sent along these resources, links, books for your consideration!

  1. The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz and he makes a deck of meditation cards as well.http://www.amazon.com/Four-Agreements-Cards-AGREEMENTS-CARDS/dp/B002M2GXBY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370964370&sr=8-1&keywords=the+four+agreements+cards
  2. The Law of Attraction Deck: http://www.amazon.com/The-Attraction-Cards-Esther-Hicks/dp/1401918727/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1370964111&sr=8-3&keywords=abraham+and+hicks+cards
  3. Medicine Cards (Animal Symbolism): http://www.amazon.com/Medicine-Cards-Discovery-Through-Animals/dp/0312204914/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370964163&sr=8-1&keywords=medicine+cards+deck
  4. The Book of Symbols: http://www.amazon.com/The-Book-Symbols-Reflections-Archetypal/dp/3836514486/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370964206&sr=8-1&keywords=the+book+of+symbols
  5. The Green World Oracle (Trees): http://www.amazon.com/The-Green-World-Oracle-cards/dp/0764343211/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1370964430&sr=8-3&keywords=kathleen+jenks
  6.  Laura Rendon’s Sentipensante Pedagogyhttp://www.amazon.com/Sentipensante-Sensing-Thinking-Pedagogy-Liberation/dp/1579229840/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370964265&sr=8-1&keywords=Sentipensante+pedagogy