As we relax and focus on our breath, thoughts, sensations, and emotions will naturally arise. Rather than getting caught up in these distractions and following them down their respective rabbit holes, we simply acknowledge them and then return our focus to the breath. Although it sounds simple, this may seem like an impossible task when you first start meditating; once you start trying to focus on your breathing, your mind starts throwing all sorts of distractions at you - that's our old friend, the Monkey Mind.
Note that as we focus on the breath, we don't try to control our breathing, but to simply be aware of it. The same goes for our thoughts: as more distractions arise (and they inevitably will...), we don't resist them or try to force them away; we simply acknowledge them (in a gentle, non-judgmental way) and return our focus to the breath.
That’s really all there is to it.
So are you interested in trying this out for yourself? Then join us in the CTE for Mindful Mondays! We will have two sessions each Monday; one from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., and another from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Each hour will be broken into two half-hour periods. In the first half-hour, a short introduction will be followed by a short meditation, which will be followed by a short period for reflection / comments / Q&A. In the second half-hour, a silent meditation (10 - 15 minutes) will be followed by a short period for reflection / comments / Q&A. These sessions are open to all GGC faculty and staff.
Schedule for the morning session:
- 9:30 - 9:40 - introduction / instruction
- 9:40 - 9:50 - guided meditation
- 9:50 - 9:55 - silent meditation
- 9:55 - 10:00 - reflection / comments / Q&A
- 10:00 - 10:30 - silent meditation
Schedule for the afternoon session:
- 1:30 - 1:40 - introduction / instruction
- 1:40 - 1:50 - guided meditation
- 1:50 - 1:55 - silent meditation
- 1:55 - 2:00 - reflection / comments / Q&A
- 2:00 - 2:30 - silent meditation
You do not have to stay for the full hour, or even for a full half hour - come for ten or fifteen minutes if you like, or for however long you are able to stay. If you have already participated in an introductory session and would like more time to meditate, however, you are welcome to come and sit through the entire session. Complete beginners are welcome, as are experienced practitioners.
Some mindfulness resources.
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If you have any questions about Mindful Mondays, please contact the CTE.