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Exploring mindfulness through multiple lenses

Campus community invited to roundtable discussion on Oct. 30
October 21, 2013

Mindfulness places our attention on the present moment, without judgment and without desire to change or accomplish anything. With this principle of non-striving at its core, mindfulness has been shown to benefit human health and well-being in many contexts. As a result, while the roots of mindfulness are in religion, its theory, practice and application have branched into diverse disciplines.

At their inaugural event on Oct. 30, the new Arts and Humanities for Health and Well-Being (AHHW) Research Group will explore mindfulness through the lenses of medicine, education and nursing. In roundtable format, University of Calgary scholars will describe the benefits of mindfulness from their own experiences in both interdisciplinary and discipline-specific contexts.

  • Michael Speca, adjunct associate professor, Faculty of Medicine, will discuss his experience in developing a clinical mindfulness program and associated research at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
  • Jackie Seidel, assistant professor, Curriculum and Learning, Faculty of Education, will address how our unconscious habits in education make mindfulness a challenging concept to apply.
  • Drawing on an interpretive study of mental health nurses’ practices, Graham McCaffrey, assistant professor, Faculty of Nursing, will look at ways an institutional environment can help or hinder mindful ways of working.

This event is open to all students, faculty and staff ― no registrations required. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Werklund Centre, Education Tower 146B

There will be time for questions and discussion, as well as an opportunity to participate in very short (optional) periods of mindfulness practice.

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Source of text for this post: Utoday, October 21, 2013

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