Mindfulness and Resilience

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Life is full of challenges.   While we often have no choice over which challenges we encounter, we do have some control over how we respond. This presentation will focus on cultivating psychological resilience – the ability to cope effectively with crises and bounce back quickly from setbacks.   Many factors contribute to resilience, some of which can be learned and developed.  Psychologists have developed resilience training programs for soldiers and police officers who face very high levels of work stress.  Mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga are a central component of these programs.  They enhance our ability to observe rather than react to upsetting events and negative feelings, allowing us to respond with greater wisdom and effectiveness.

In this interactive workshop participants will:

  • Explore the concepts of resilience and of mindfulness and the ways in which mindfulness boosts resilience
  • Sample mindfulness practices including mindful eating, meditation, and mindful movement
  • Identify free resources available for use in cultivating mindfulness and resilience

Mindfulness 101

This workshop will introduce the basic principles of mindfulness, a state of awareness which helps people see and respond to situations with greater clarity.  It will include an overview of the origins of mindfulness and recent research findings on the benefits of mindfulness practice to health and wellbeing. Participants will have an opportunity to sample various mindfulness practices such as mindful eating, sitting meditation and chair yoga.

Mindfulness 102

This hour will be devoted to mindfulness practices.  We will practice sitting meditation, mindful walking, and mindful movement.  This is not a didactic workshop; it will not provide an introduction to the concept of mindfulness or mindfulness practice.  It is intended for those who have some prior exposure to the subject matter (such as that provided in BU Wellness workshops such as Mindfulness 101, Mindfulness and Resilience, Mindfulness and Stress, or Mindfulness at Work).

Mindful Practice

This multi-week workshop provides an opportunity for participants to establish a regular mindfulness practice.  It consists of an introduction to the basic principles of mindfulness and to the practices of body scan, sitting meditation, walking meditation and mindful movement.   It also covers methods to enhance awareness in everyday life.  Participants are asked to attend all five sessions and to commit to daily home practice of 30 minutes per day

About the Presenter

Karen Brouhard is a licensed, independent clinical social worker who has worked as a counselor in BU’s Faculty & Staff Assistance Office for 5 years.  She has received specialized training in adapting mindfulness based stress reduction to the workplace and has offered workshops on mindfulness and resilience at BU for several years.

Charles River Campus

Mindfulness 101
When Wednesday, January 31, 12-1 p.m.
Where College of General Studies
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Rm 521
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Mindfulness 102
When Wednesday, March 21, 12-1 p.m.
Where Robinson Chapel at Marsh Chapel
735 Commonwealth Avenue
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Mindful Practice
When Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m.
April 4, 11, 18, 25 and
May 2
(You must attend all 5 sessions)
Where April 4th session only at HR Classroom,
25 Buick Street, 2nd floor

All other sessions at
Robinson Chapel at Marsh Chapel
735 Commonwealth Avenue

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Medical Campus

Mindfulness 101
When Tuesday, February 27, 12-1 p.m.
Where Medical School Instructional Building;
72 East Concord St, Room L206
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Mindfulness 102
When Tuesday,April 24, 12-1 p.m.
Where Medical School Instructional Building;
Room L804; 72 East Concord St
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Space is limited – registration is required.