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Contemplative Studies

Selected resources and practices for learners and teachers

Description

Mindfulness for All is offering Open Meditation Space June 10 - August 30, 2019 in Bartlett 131.

Drop in any weekday or come 12:30-1:00 for silent group meditation (no guiding, no leader). 

Mindfulness for All began as an eight-week series that took place at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library in fall 2018 for the UMass Amherst campus community. Each session offered secular mindfulness activities such as: body scan, silent sitting, breathing, gratitude practice, music, mindful movement, contemplative listening, walking meditation, compassion meditation, and visualization. The welcoming atmosphere and accessible practices invited unbiased, compassionate awareness within an embodied experience. Expected outcomes included: sharper listening skills; reduction of implicit bias; gaining of insights about our own motivations; and expanded awareness of and compassion for others’ lived experiences. Participants were encouraged to apply the skills they learned to their interactions in the workplace and at home. 

Mindfulness for All was originally funded by a Campus Climate Improvement grant for Fall 2018. 

Facilitators rotated between members of various campus groups:
Center for Counseling and Psychological Health
Center for Health Promotion
Civic Engagement and Service Learning
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group
Office of Development & Alumni Relations Regional Program
Student Meditation RSO under the Vice Chancellor for Advocacy, Inclusion and Support Programs
UMass Amherst Libraries 

 

Making a case to attend? Use this official invitation from the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Mindfulness for All Program is supported by the Campus Climate Improvement Grant of the Office of Equity and Inclusion and is open to all campus community. Supervisors are encouraged to provide release time for the employees to participate in the program sessions. For any questions regarding the climate improvement grant or the release time, please, contact Office of Equity and Inclusion: 545-5703, or e-mail:diversityadmin@umass.edu.

 

Resources

This list is a work in progress. Have a resource to recommend? Contact Madeleine at mcharney@library.umass.edu

Black Lives Matter Meditation - Candice Nicole (17-minute audio)
http://drcandicenicole.com/2016/07/black-lives-matter-meditation/

Black Mindfulness: Culturally Relevant Contemplative Practices from the African American Tradition - Michelle Chatman (30-minute video)
https://vimeo.com/239191074 

Compassionate Awakening: Interview with DaRa Williams
https://www.spiritrock.org/the-teachings/article-archive/interview-with-dara-williams

Contemplative Practices for Anti-Oppression Pedagogy - Beth Barila
http://www.contemplativepracticesforantioppressionpedagogy.com

Greater Good in Action: Science-based Practices for a Meaningful Life
https://ggia.berkeley.edu/#

How to Talk (and Listen) to Transgender People - Jackson Bird (6-minute video)
https://www.ted.com/talks/jackson_bird_how_to_talk_and_listen_to_transgender_people

Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing - David Treleaven
https://www.davidtreleaven.com/book/

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack - Peggy McIntosh
http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf