Journey with Mindfulness: Finding Your Anchor in 2021

3 Feb 2021

Like many people, 2020 may have left you drifting in a place of uncertainty and constant change, searching for a sense of belonging and calm – an anchor. Research has shown that regular mindfulness practice can boost your immune system, improve concentration, reduce stress, and help you to be less reactive in difficult situations.  A mindfulness practice can be sitting, moving, inside, outside, in silence, with sounds, by yourself or with a group.  It is all about finding your anchor… what works for you and fits into your lifestyle.

For the Spring of 2021, ISU WellBeing is creating opportunities to explore various mindfulness practices to help you find your anchor. Join us on this journey as we learn about and experience the many benefits with mindfulness.

Journey with Mindfulness – Program Opportunities

  • Mid-Morning Mindfulness - Ongoing opportunity
    • One way to stay focused and productive when all around you is a little chaotic is by having a regular mindfulness practice.
    • Sessions continue Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 10:15  am by Zoom.
    • For more information and to register, go here.
  • Beginning Your Mindfulness Practice Course - Sessions are February 17, February 24 and March 3 - MUST ATTEND ALL THREE SESSIONS
    • This course is a gentle introduction to mindfulness, for beginners, to access the deep wisdom, well-being, and wholeness that reside within each of us.
    • 3-week course, Wednesdays 8:30 am – 10:00 am beginning February 17.
    • To get more information and to register, go here.
  • Meditation 301:  Beyond Mindfulness - Working with Difficult Emotions - Still time to join
    • In partnership with ISU Professor of Psychology and Zen monk Dr. Douglas Gentile, these sessions will focus on using meditation and contemplative techniques to work with anxiety and other difficult emotions. 
    • Mondays at  2:30 – 3:00 pm beginning February 1 for 13 weeks.
    • To register, go here.
  • ISU WellBeing Book Club - Discussion sessions will be March 10 - March 16. 
    • An opportunity to read a book to that supports your overall well-being and offer the space to connect with other ISU employees for a great discussion. 
    • Next book - Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink. The Iowa State University Book Store is supporting our efforts and has copies available at a discount price!  You can order for shipping, pick up at store, or come in and purchase it off of the shelves! Follow this link to the Book Store. 
    • Registration is open!  Select the day and time that works for you.  Each discussion section has limited space, so register early to get your first choice. Follow the links to register.
    • Sessions are: Wednesday, March 10 - 12:30-2 p.m.Thursday, March 11 - 12:30-2 p.m.Friday, March 12 - 3-4:30 p.m.Tuesday, March 16 - 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Program - 8-week sessions begin March 2, March 3 AND March 4
    • This program  provides you with the tools and strategies to make the best decisions for yourself in relationship to food and how to create the healthy, energetic, and vibrant life you deserve.  
    • Three 8-week sessions will be available.  Tuesdays 12:00 - 1:15 pm beginning March 2, Wednesdays 9:00 – 10:15 am beginning March 3 OR Thursdays 9:00 – 10:15 am beginning March 4.
    • Registration opened Friday, Feb 12 and all sessions were full in a couple hours!  Sorry if you missed the window, more sessions will scheduled in 2021.
    • Ignite Your Relationship with Movement - First session begins March 15
      • In partnership with Nora Hudson of ISU Recreational Services, this workshop will introduce simple mind/body exercises and self-exploration techniques that ignite an intentional relationship with movement and wellbeing.
      • Two 4-week sessions, Mondays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm beginning March 15 and Thursdays 3:30 – 4:30 pm beginning April 15.
      • Registration will open Feb 16th. Check out details in Tuesday's WorkLife Caring for Our Community email and registration link.
    • Wholehearted Living Lunch and Learn - Discussion series will begin March 18
      • Based on Brene’ Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, this series will explore the 10 Guideposts of Wholehearted Living and explore how to engage with the world from a place of worthiness.
      • Thursdays 11:00 – 11:30 am OR 12:00 – 12:30 pm beginning March 18 for seven weeks.
      • Registration will be open soon, please check back.
        • Mindfulness Retreat
          • Exploring details and dates for this day long experience in late spring. 
          • More details to come.