Work/Life

  • 2018 Sep 26

    Developing a Flex Proposal (University-Wide)

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA
    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Bring your lunch to this in-depth look at how to develop a flexible work arrangement proposal based on Harvard's University-wide flexible work guidelines. Nancy Costikyan, the director of Harvard’s Office of Work/Life, will review the essential ingredients of a flex proposal; how to assess your manager’s attitude about workplace flexibility; the timing of conversations with your manager; when and how to avoid getting into the personal considerations behind the proposal; and how to identify ways to evaluate the success of an arrangement after a trial period. Issues of trust, brave... Read more about Developing a Flex Proposal (University-Wide)
  • 2018 Sep 27

    Mindfulness and Anxiety

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA
    10:00am to 11:30am

    To feel occasional anxiety is a natural human experience, but for many anxiety can become a source of ongoing distress, capable of interfering with everyday life. Many of our efforts to avoid anxiety may involve distracting ourselves from it, or pushing it away, but this provides only temporary relief. Mindfulness, on the other hand, offers a pathway to meet the experience of anxiety, and in doing so, restore valued activity, rather than allowing ourselves to be dominated by fear and avoidance. This workshop will introduce the use of mindfulness as a way to understand and respond to the...

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  • 2018 Sep 27

    Evaluating a Flexwork Proposal (University-Wide, Managers Only)

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA
    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Bring your lunch to this in-depth look at how to evaluate a flexible work arrangement proposal based on Harvard's University-wide flexible work guidelines. Nancy Costikyan, the director of Harvard’s Office of Work/Life, will review the essential ingredients of a flex proposal; how to assess your own attitude about workplace flexibility in general and flex for individual employees specifically; how to identify ways to evaluate the success of an arrangement after a trial period; and what to do when employees disclose personal reasons behind the proposal that trigger your emotions or certain... Read more about Evaluating a Flexwork Proposal (University-Wide, Managers Only)
  • 2018 Sep 29

    Harvard Symposium on Technology-Assisted Meditation

    Location: 

    Harvard University Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
    8:30am to 5:30pm

    Are you curious about the intersection of technology and meditation? Join us for an experiential and collaborative day that embodies connection, discovery, and awareness. This symposium will include panel and group discussions, movement, reflection and interactive experiences.

    Our intention is to showcase innovation and research in the fast-growing field of technology-assisted meditation, foster multidisciplinary discussion and together consider the ethical and safety implications of technology and meditation.

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  • 2018 Oct 01

    Mindfulness Lecture Series: Wounds of the Colored Body: Exploring Racial Trauma through the Lens of Contemplative Practice

    Location: 

    CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion, 26 Central St., 2nd floor, Somerville
    6:30pm to 8:30pm

    With the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, our attention is being drawn to the damaging effects of systematic racism on the bodies and minds of people of color, particularly black people. Racial trauma is becoming embedded in the national conversation concerning the lasting effects of trauma both mentally and physical as well as on the genetic level. However, racial trauma is not limited to brown and black bodies, but any body that has undergone the process of racialization, including white bodies. In...

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  • 2018 Oct 02

    Mindfulness and Compassion

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA
    11:00am to 12:30pm

    Compassion is sometime described as the state of “suffering together”; but what does it mean to suffer productively, without becoming overwhelmed or burnt out in the face of the needs of others…and ourselves? Mindfulness practice is focused on observing internal and external experience with a heightened sense of clarity, and is an essential element in preparing the heart and intellect to navigate the demands of compassion in sincere and effective ways. In this workshop we will explore compassion as it is regarded in the mindfulness tradition, as a “quivering of the heart in the face of...

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  • 2018 Oct 03

    Managing Daily Stresses: A Mindful Approach to Work

    Location: 

    124 Mt Auburn Street, Room 3314
    9:00am to 10:30am

    Everyone experiences stressful days at work, but how we respond to stress makes a significant difference in work performance, the quality of our interactions, and how we feel both physically and mentally. In this program, participants are taught to recognize the early signs of stress as well as the sources of stress. In addition, they will learn how regular mindfulness practice can enable them to respond to stressful situations in a calm, clear, and thoughtful manner. 

    Audience: All, Pre-Requisite: None, Length: 90 minutes. To register, go ...

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  • 2018 Oct 09

    10% Happier (Three Week Course)

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA
    10:00am to 11:00am

    This multi-session course will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about mindfulness and build their own personal practices using a combination of live and app-based supports.

    The app is 10% Happier, a best-in-class program hosted by best-selling author, ABC news personality, and self-described “fidgety skeptic” Dan Harris, alongside Joseph Goldstein, one of the most renowned meditation teachers in the world. Live instruction is provided by teachers from Harvard Pilgrim’s Mind the Moment mindfulness program, which has been training individuals to incorporate...

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  • 2018 Oct 10

    Exploring the Practice of Mindfulness (Six Week Course)

    Location: 

    124 Mt Auburn Street, Room 3314
    10:30am to 12:00pm

    This multi-week course offers close study in a variety of mindfulness-based topics, including basic practices like the body scan and sitting meditation, as well as walking meditation, gentle stretching, and mindful communication. The physiology of the stress response is examined, especially in relation to the ways mindfulness practice enables individuals to become aware of and mediate their reactions to stressful situations. By the time the course ends, participants will feel prepared to practically integrate a variety of mindfulness practices into their daily lives, thanks to both in-...

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  • 2018 Oct 24

    Flexwork Overview for All

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA
    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Bring your lunch to this one-hour overview of Harvard's updated, University-wide flexible work guidelines. Nancy Costikyan, the director of Harvard’s Office of Work/Life, will give a quick tour through the guidelines that were rolled out in the spring of 2017. You will learn about how to develop a well-thought out flexwork proposal and discuss it with your boss; why you don't need to state your reason for submitting a proposal, potential business advantages of flexwork; the criteria managers will use to decide to approve or deny your proposal, and what is meant by an "equitable process...

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