Wellbeing

2022 Mar 16

Coping with Feelings of Loss Around Covid-19

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Online

Presented by Gail Parsons, with KGA.

It has been two years since the pandemic shut down our country. We have experienced a lot of loss. Loss of loved ones. Loss of human contact. Loss of safety. Loss of freedom. Loss of stability. Loss of routine. This course will address how (and why) to acknowledge your feelings, strategies to manage them, and how to find meaning in response to this challenging time.

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2022 Feb 15

Managing Your Debt

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Online

Presented by Jimmy Beck, with KGA.

This session focuses on the best strategies for repaying consumer debts and creating sustainable spending behaviors to build savings.

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2022 May 25

Mindful Parenting (Age 0-10)

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Online

Bringing mindful attention to our skills as parents increases our capacity to form strong bonds with all the members of the family. This is because the practice of mindfulness cultivates the conditions of openness and receptivity in which communication and emotional connection naturally flourish. In this workshop, participants will learn about becoming more mindful people as well as more mindful parents, able to navigate the inevitable waves of joy and frustration that accompany every parent’s experience with a greater sense of ease. This session will focus on the age groups 0-10....

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2022 May 19

Mindfully Caring for Elders

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Online

Our parents, older relatives, and other elders in our lives provide a rich source of wisdom, comfort, companionship, and connectedness with our history. But there are also times when the challenges of caring for an individual entering the later stages of life can seem anything but joyous. And if we are simultaneously caring for our own children—especially in exceptional circumstances, when resources are limited, routines are disrupted, and uncertainty abounds—then the strain may become difficult to manage. Tara Healey teaches us mindfulness practice to respond to the challenges of caring...

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2022 May 10

Mindful Communication - Speaking and Listening with Awareness

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Online

Daily conversations can become automatic, pressured, and careless. With the right mindset, however, even ordinary interactions can become rich territory for effectively expressing our deepest values. This program demonstrates how conversation provides an opportunity to practice a special kind of attentiveness, transforming our encounters with colleagues into meaningful moments of genuine exchange.

Prerequisites: Either you have attended an “Introduction to Mindfulness” workshop at Harvard; you have completed “The Basics” course on the Ten Percent Happier app (available for...

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2022 Apr 27

Facing and Feeling Grief with Mindful Awareness

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Online

Losing a loved one, a job or a relationship can leave us feeling aimless, confused and heartbroken—to the point where it becomes difficult to focus on daily needs. It is possible, however, to learn to face grief by allowing ourselves to feel it—instead of turning away. Mindfulness practice provides the steady footing needed to explore how grief shows up in our lives, and experiment with letting it go when our focus needs to be elsewhere. We will strengthen the ability to make room for difficult feelings, without becoming consumed by them. As a result, the natural process of grieving will...

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2022 Apr 12

Mindfulness Practices for Burnout Relief

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Online

The literal definition of “burnout” is this: “The reduction of a fuel or substance to nothing, through use or combustion.” However, as every individual knows, burnout is not just a scientific phenomenon—it’s what happens when inner resources become depleted, and no spark is left to start them up again. It’s no surprise this should sometimes be the case when daily work life and family life collide in what feels like a persistent energy burn, and the path towards refilling one’s supply of resilience is not always clear. In this training, we will explore how the essential foundations of...

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2022 Mar 30

Mindfulness and Anxiety

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Online

Occasional anxiety is a natural human experience, but for many people, anxiety can become a source of ongoing distress, capable of interfering with everyday life. Efforts to avoid anxiety may involve distraction or avoidance, but these efforts provide 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 free workshop will introduce the use of mindfulness as a way to understand and respond to the experience of anxiety...

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2022 Mar 15

Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Online

Success at work and fulfillment in life may be enhanced when we naturally tap into our emotional intelligence: the ability to monitor one’s own feelings and those of others and to allow this knowledge to guide our speech and actions. Self-awareness, the ability to recognize and work with difficult emotions, and the cultivation of empathy for others are all skills critical for high performance in life’s various arenas. The good news is that we have the capacity to train the mind to engage in ways that are more patient, alert, and productive. This session will present a brief introduction...

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2022 Mar 02

Mindfully Resolving Conflicts in the Workplace

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Online

There’s no way to avoid every conflict in the workplace—personality clashes and differences of opinion are inevitable, even if we’re working towards a common goal. But how do we stop disagreements from spiraling into larger disputes—the kind that produce rifts, instability, and disrupt the ability to get work done? Mindfulness teaches us to grasp the thoughts, feelings, and impulses which influence every interaction—thereby offering an essential tool to build more effective channels of communication; identify the true source of problems; and engage in problem-solving without coming away...

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2022 Feb 16

Managing Difficult Emotions at Work

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Online

Resisting or suppressing difficult emotions will not make them go away—instead, these tactics to resist or suppress may actually lead to increased stress, decreased focus, and the unmistakable feeling of overwhelm. When practicing mindfulness, on the other hand, we become better able to recognize and understand our own inner landscapes, catching challenging emotions and thoughts when they arise—even understanding why they might have come about in the first place. This specialized quality of awareness prepares one to move through the world more fluidly, with the confidence that we can...

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2022 Feb 01

Managing Daily Stresses: A Mindful Approach to Work

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Online

 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 mindfulness enables them to respond to stressful situations in a calm, clear, and thoughtful manner.

Prerequisites: Either you have attended an “Introduction to Mindfulness” workshop at Harvard; you have completed “The Basics...

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2022 Jan 27

Mindfully Managing Uncertainty

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Online

With Zeenat Potia

If there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s that life is never as certain as we’d like it to be. And while we can typically handle uncertainty in small doses, exceptionally disruptive events may leave us feeling isolated, anxious, and overwhelmed. We will examine how to regulate fast-moving streams of information from the outside: news reports, work demands, interactions with others – as well as equally fast-moving streams of information from within: thoughts, feelings, worries, and hopes. In doing so, we will establish an attitude of ease and stability,...

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2022 Jan 19

Introduction to Mindfulness

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Online

Thi is a prerequisite for more advanced courses.   

This program introduces the basic principles and practices of mindfulness, a concentrated state of awareness that helps people see and respond to situations with clarity. Individuals and groups who regularly employ the techniques of mindfulness in their work can monitor moment-to-moment effectiveness, respond promptly and appropriately to difficulties as they arise, and remain open to new ideas and perspectives. Participants will be introduced to meditation practices that will teach them how to be more focused,...

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2022 Jan 18

Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Online

Presented by: Katherine McHugh, hosted by KGA

The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. Atomic habits are regular practices or routines that are not only small and easy to do, but also the source of incredible power, a component of the system of compound growth. Based on the #1 NYT bestseller by one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, James Clear, this webinar offers dynamic, effective, and immediate ways to foster new positive habits or mitigate those ‘not so great’ habits that aren’t serving you. Drawing on ideas from biology, psychology and...

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