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Boost Your Resilience - Webinar

November 7, 2018

On Nov. 15, learn ways to build your personal resiliency by cultivating a positive attitude, practicing healthy habits and using self-care to stay mindful. Join us for an interactive discussion about recognizing stress symptoms to prevent burnout, characteristics of resilient people, and ways to boost your own resiliency to stress. Learn more.

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Introduction to Mindfulness: How the Science and Practice of Awareness Supports Well-Being and Performance

October 31, 2018
This program on Nov. 15 introduces the basic principles and practices of mindfulness, a concentrated state of awareness that helps people respond to situations with clarity. Participants will be introduced to meditation practices that will teach them how to be more focused, creative and resilient in their lives. Learn more. Read more about Introduction to Mindfulness: How the Science and Practice of Awareness Supports Well-Being and Performance
2019 Jan 16

Mindful Eating

11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St, Cambridge, Room 406

This free course will introduce participants to mindfulness and guide them in three foundational mindfulness practices. They will then apply mindfulness to issues concerning eating, and engage in 3-4 practices to cultivate more awareness around our relationship to food. Participants should leave the session with several concrete suggestions and practices about how to modify their eating behaviors.

Please note: dried apricots and peanuts will be used during the mindful eating exercise. Participants with food allergies should contact the Office of Work/Life at worklife@harvard....

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2018 Dec 11

Mindful Eating

10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St, Cambridge, Room 406

This free course will introduce participants to mindfulness and guide them in three foundational mindfulness practices. They will then apply mindfulness to issues concerning eating, and engage in 3-4 practices to cultivate more awareness around our relationship to food. Participants should leave the session with several concrete suggestions and practices about how to modify their eating behaviors.

Please note: dried apricots and peanuts will be used during the mindful eating exercise. Participants with food allergies should contact the Office of Work/Life at worklife@harvard....

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2018 Nov 19

Mindful Eating

10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St, Cambridge, Room 406

This free course will introduce participants to mindfulness and guide them in three foundational mindfulness practices. They will then apply mindfulness to issues concerning eating, and engage in 3-4 practices to cultivate more awareness around our relationship to food. Participants should leave the session with several concrete suggestions and practices about how to modify their eating behaviors.

Please note: dried apricots and peanuts will be used during the mindful eating exercise. Participants with food allergies should contact the Office of Work/Life at worklife@harvard....

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Flexwork Overview for All

October 10, 2018
On Oct. 24, 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. Learn more. Read more about Flexwork Overview for All

Exploring the Practice of Mindfulness (Six Week Course)

October 3, 2018
This multi-week course (which begins Oct 10) 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. This course is open to anyone who is interested, regardless of previous knowledge of mindfulness. Learn more. Read more about Exploring the Practice of Mindfulness (Six Week Course)

10% Happier (Three Week Course)

September 26, 2018
The course (which begins on Oct 9) is built around three, one-hour, in-person sessions featuring a Mind the Moment instructor. Between these in-person sessions, participants will complete the fourteen-part 10% Happier series on their mobile devices. A mindfulness coach will also be available to participants by text or by phone, to answer additional questions that may arise between the in-person sessions. Learn more. Read more about 10% Happier (Three Week Course)

Flex Proposal Form

A written proposal is required

Employees requesting formal flexwork are required to submit a detailed proposal that addresses how, when and where work will be performed. Employees should also speak with their managers or HR department about local policies and practices. 

 

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Mindfulness and Anxiety

September 19, 2018
Mindfulness 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 on Sept. 27 will introduce the use of mindfulness as a way to understand and respond to the experience of anxiety. Learn more. Read more about Mindfulness and Anxiety
2018 Dec 03

Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series: The Kindness Cure

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion, 26 Central St., 2nd floor, Somerville

The Kindness Cure: Healing Your Heart and World through the Science of Compassion

Based on her new book, The Kindness Cure, psychologist Tara Cousineau shares some of the recent findings about the science of kindness and compassion; how we can make sustainable changes in our lives, encourage more kindness for clients and organizations we work with, and how to ignite goodwill and generosity for things we stand for in times of hardship and uncertainty. Most of all, you will learn how cultivating kindness brings us profound happiness and joy.

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2018 Nov 05

Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series: Yogic Meditation to the Rescue for Struggling Meditators

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Smith Campus Center Mt Auburn Room (75 Mt. Auburn Street, 2nd floor)

Learning meditation and achieving mindfulness can seem as elusive as catching a unicorn for some new to the practice. Enter yogic meditation, a practice of directed breathing coordinated with simple body movements. This practice gives the restless mind more "doing" to latch onto, and tends to yield a focused, quieter, even peaceful state of mind, for many new students who previously found only squirrels in the attic. It can provide a useful entre to meditation, an important and satisfying "pre-mindfulness".

Douglas Baker, LICSW is a therapist in Cambridge, a Kripalu yoga...

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2018 Oct 01

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

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion, 26 Central St., 2nd floor, Somerville

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 Sep 17

Monthly Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series: Overcoming Shame and Inadequacy

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 26 Central St, 2nd floor, Somerville, MA 02143

This lecture will address practical ways to be less judgmental of ourselves, to navigate failure, rejection, and trauma, and to shift from competitive concerns toward activating the mammalian tend-and-befriend system instead—leading to greater psychological freedom and comfort with vulnerability.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

1. Specify how mindfulness-based insights into the nature of the “self” and causes of suffering can enrich and enliven any psychotherapy.

2. Describe ways to move beyond evolutionarily hard-...

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