Mind-Body Connections

MindBodyConnections

Want to go about your day feeling grounded, less stressed, and more connected to what matters most in your life?  This series of mindfulness-based, compassion-focused workshops is designed to inspire, recharge, and provide you with practical tools you can use in your everyday living and working for a greater sense of well-being.

Over the years, Mind-Body Connections has become a monthly touchstone for many in our GU community. Our workshops are at time of pausing in our busy day to gather and be nourished.   Throughout the years together, we have been about deepening insights and learning practices based on the latest research as well as ancient teachings in mindfulness and compassion that inform, nourish, heal, and inspire us at home and work.  Together we are creating a more compassionate workplace and world.

Sessions are held on Wednesdays each month from 1-2 PM in 3700 O St NW Darnall Hall, M-31 HR/Benefits Service Center, unless otherwise noted. Please register online if you plan to attend.


Mind-Body Connections 2015 – 2016

Creating a mindful and compassionate WHOLE life.

Get ready for a new monthly line-up of topics and practices to support and nourish you in living a mindful and compassionate life! This year in Mind-Body Connections (MBC), consider joining us for the whole year.  Mark your calendar now and let this gathering be a monthly touchstone that supports, nourishes, and inspires you.  We are also aligning our programming with Creative Spark so that we support you in deepening your wellness journey!

In MBC, as usual we’ll have time for exploring the monthly topic as well as meditation and learning the practice for that month.  We’ll explore really specific strategies for taking the topic back into your workplace and home life.  In Creative Spark, the creative juices will be flowing with opportunities that will deepen your experience with the monthly topic.

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September 9: The Power of Setting an Intention

You have a busy schedule. There are hundreds of distractions in your day. We can all get lost in tending to these distractions and lose our focus on what matters most to us. Setting an intention focuses our minds, hearts, and energy. It directs our actions and behaviors. Start this fall off right and create the space to pause, turn inward, and be guided in a practice for setting an intention for this new school year. This intention will be your touchstone throughout the day and your roadmap for guiding your decisions and maintaining your focus.

October 14: Focused on What Matters: How to Prime the Mind to Focus

How do you get focused? “Focus” has become the new challenge and skill to hone – in our professional and personal lives. This isn’t just about time management. This is about wiring your brain to deal with distractions with laser-like focus. This is about learning to pause, listen, and hone your mindfulness skills. Learn strategies mindfulness-based and compassion-centered practices for your everyday life. Engage in a meditation that supports you in focusing on what matters.

November 11: Improving Your Emotional Intelligence

The Disney movie, Inside Out, isn’t just for children. There’s a lot we as adults can do to learn about and improve our emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. New research suggests that EI can be more important for success than IQ…and that the good news is that we can work to improve our EI. Come and learn about EI and mindfulness practices that can improve your EI for healthy relationships and living.

December 9: Grief, Frustration, and Rage: Mindfulness and Tough Emotions

Grief, frustration, and rage – we all have these emotions within us. It’s easy to try and push these tougher emotions away. Yet holidays tend to bring them on – sometimes in full force! Learn ways of “tending and befriending” these tougher emotions. Experience a meditation that you can take with you to hone your capacity to hold space for these emotions when they arise.

January 13: Create Your Own At-Home Retreat

January is a perfect time for honoring the season of “going within” and “going on retreat.” We don’t have to get out of town to drop into stillness and nourish ourselves with silence, slowing down, and reflection. Take time-out to learn how to create an at-home retreat that can nourish and replenish you. In this workshop, we’ll explore simple ways of creating your own at-home retreat that you can do throughout the month of January (and maybe into February!)

February 10: Mindful Listening

Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, writes and speaks about the power of mindful listening. When someone really listens, we feel seen, held, and acknowledged. Often, we don’t need solutions – we need presence. Loving, attentive presence.   Come and explore practices to cultivate your own capacity for mindful listening – to your own self and the dear ones in your life.

March 9: Cultivating Sacred Space

As we emerge from winter, spring brings an opportunity for opening up the windows, decluttering, and planting your garden. This workshop will explore how we can go about decluttering and planting with the intention of creating “sacred spaces” – within your own heart, your home, your office, and outside. Sacred spaces are ones that nourish you, bring you joy, and inspire you.

April 13: Setting up Your Nervous System for Success

Meeting all the deadlines of the end-of-the-year and wrapping up the year can leave you feeling hurried and frazzled. Come and learn yogic practices for deep rest and relaxation that support a healthy, calm nervous system…enabling you to handle deadlines with a deeper sense of ease.

May 4: Reclaiming Joy

Our true nature is joy. Yet we can lose that sense of joy very easily in the ups and downs in our everyday lives: work gets demanding, relationships with dear ones are trying, and we find ourselves feeling bogged down and heavy (physically, emotionally). Come and learn ways to reclaim and choose that innate sense of joy so it permeates every part of your life – no matter the circumstances.  (**NOTE: May workshop is the FIRST Wednesday of the month due to graduation)

PAST MIND-BODY CONNECTIONS TOPICS:

Ready, Set,…Pause! Priming the Mind to Focus

You have a busy schedule. There are hundreds of distractions in your day. How do you get focused? “Focus” has become the new challenge and skill to hone – in our professional and personal lives. This isn’t just about time management. This is about wiring your brain to deal with distractions with laser-like focus. This is about learning to pause, listen, and hone your mindfulness skills.

Getting Real, Getting Focused on What Matters

What really matters to you? We all get distracted by the “small stuff” and find ourselves off course when it comes to leading the life we are really meant to. This month, we’ll get real and learn mindfulness practices that get you focused on what is most important to you and your life. And we’ll talk about specific practices for embodying what is most important to you in your daily living, loving, and working.

Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Focused on Relationships

We can prepare for the holiday season by taking an inventory of our relationships: what relationships need to be nourished? Who do you need to focus on this holiday season? We’ll engage in a meditation to get clear about who matters most. And we’ll get specific about what you can do to focus, forgive, and deepen the relationships that matter most to you.

A Time for Forgiveness

Maybe it’s time to practice forgiving yourself and possibly others.  Come for a gentle practice beginning with self-forgiveness.  Explore the power of turning inward with mindful attention and compassion.  Notice the sense of spaciousness that arises, preparing you to go into this holiday season with a clearer, more open heart.

New Years Rituals (not resolutions!) for Soulful Living

Rather than resolutions (we drop in a few days), this month we are focusing on rituals for soulful living – nourishing practices that honor the season of winter to “go within” and flow with the heart’s call for quiet, focus, and connection. We’ll offer practices and suggestions for bringing rituals into our daily lives that are based on mindfulness and compassionate meditation.

Compassion in Action for Yourself and Dear Ones

This month, we’ll focus on learning to have compassion for ourselves and others through lovingkindness meditation and taking action to lead a more compassionate life in our everyday decisions, relationships, and loving. We’ll balance both ‘being’ and ‘doing’, contemplating and taking action. Get ready to step up your meditation practice at home with a sweet, short practice and weave “compassion in action” into your “to do” list.

Seven Habits of Holistic Well-being

Get ready to embrace spring with my seven habits of holistic well being. Learn simple but profound practices for nourishing you – body, mind, and soul – that you can weave into your daily life. Get ready for transformation!

Reclaiming Joy

Our true nature is joy. Yet we can lose that sense of joy very easily in the ups and downs in our everyday lives: work gets demanding, relationships with dear ones are trying, and we find ourselves feeling bogged down and heavy (physically, emotionally). Come and learn ways to reclaim and choose that innate sense of joy so it permeates every part of your life – no matter the circumstances.

Staying Focused and Nourished: The Power of Play and Delight

The summer months offer us an opportunity to get out and play, rest and renew. This month we’ll explore ways of sustaining the new habits and practices you’ve started this year. We’ll focus on everyday practices that we can commit to that keep us light, focused, and inspired to live a delight-filled life.

Yoga Movements at your Desk
Got tight muscles?  Sore neck?  Achy hips?  Learn simple movements that you can do at your desk to relieve tension.   No yoga experience required.  These are simple strategies that any “body” can do.  Be empowered to listen to your body, utilize the breath, and gently stretch tense areas.

Walking Meditation
Meet in Healy Circle promptly at 1 pm.  This one will take a bit over an hour.
Did you know we have a labyrinth near by?!  Georgetown Waterfront Park at the foot of 33rd Street has a beautiful labyrinth.  Come practice the art of “meditation in motion.”  Whether walking to the water cooler or up the stairs of your home, your steps can bring peace to your heart and the earth. Learn a simple way of walking with contentment that you can use in your daily living and working.

An Attitude of Gratitude
Start the holiday season off with a positive mindset and open heart.  Engage in a practice of being mindful of the good in our lives.  After this workshop, you will have the opportunity to take part in an online “gratitude group” for one month…and see how this impacts our mood and how we live our lives.

Forgiveness
Feeling stuck?  Maybe it’s time to practice forgiving yourself and possibly others.  Come for a gentle practice beginning with self-forgiveness.  Explore the power of turning inward with mindful attention and compassion.  Notice the sense of spaciousness that arises, preparing you for the holiday season.

Cultivating Self-Compassion
We all can be pretty harsh with our own selves.  Everyone could use a dose of compassion.  Come learn practices for cultivating more kindness toward yourself that you can use in your everyday life.Explore how loving ourselves is the basis for loving others.

Loving-kindness Meditation
Come and learn a beautiful and simple loving-kindness meditation for deepening your sense of compassion for yourself and others…on Valentine’s Day.

Guided Imagery for Stress Reduction
Come discover a stillness within you as you systematically relax the body utilizing imagery. As you dwell in present moment awareness, the mind relaxes, the body releases tension, and the emotions soften.

Sound Sleep
Got sleep issues?  Come for strategies that aid in getting you to sleep better.  Learn how coupling these strategies with mindfulness can cultivate a calm nervous system over time, getting you to sleep soundly.

Breathe Better
Spring often finds us sneezing and wheezing.  This is a great time to cultivate a relationship with our breath and learn mindful breathing techniques for a sense of calm and vitality.