A Mindful Letter from Bev

As I reflect on my upcoming one year anniversary of my own mindfulness practice, I want to pass on the latest letter from Bev Klug, M.A., LMFT, Director of Mindfulness-Based Programs here at Iowa about the upcoming Mindfulness programs this summer. It starts off with a quote from the 14th century Persian poet, Hafiz.

Now

That

All  your worry

Has proved such an

Unlucrative

Business,

Why

Not

Find a better

Job.

“Find a Better Job” by Hafiz, translation by Daniel Landinski

bevklug“Happy Spring!

I hope you’re enjoying this lovely time of new beginnings!

Certainly our worries can be sparked by real things that are happening but, as Hafiz wisely nudges us to remember, the worry itself is neither helpful nor often timely as it tends to be about what isn’t happening.  May you “find a better job” again and again!

Below are the upcoming mindfulness program offerings for June-August, 2015.  Registration details are with each entry and/or attached flyers.  More info is on our website www.uihealthcare.org/mindfulness  (always good to check it in case there are corrections or updates). Fall programs will be posted soon on our website.  Look for our new Sunday afternoon MBSR program beginning in September in addition to our weekday morning and evening ones! We know that it’s hard for many people to attend a program during the week due to schedule conflicts or commuting, so this is our attempt to accommodate some of those needs.

Click anywhere in the picture gallery below to see the flyers.

 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

This 8-week program assists people who want to learn to use their own internal resources to respond more skillfully to stress, medical and psychological conditions and to promote healthy living.  Please share the information with people whom you think might benefit. Everyone is welcome whether or not they are a UI employee. UI employees may be eligible for full fee support through UI Wellness. They need to meet employment criteria, fill out the Personal Health Assessment at http://hr.uiowa.edu/livewell and schedule an appointment with a health coach.  Currently registered UI students receive a 50% discount on the fee.  Non-UI employees who are highly motivated to participate, but have severely limited financial resources, may request a scholarship application.  Options for the required informational sessions are listed on the attached flyer. See www.uihealthcare.org/mindfulness for more details.

 

Summer 2015 Mindful Teens

Teens will be invited to cultivate the practices of being present in their lives and developing the skills of attention, self-regulation of emotion, and responding to internal and external experiences with wisdom and kindness, one moment at a time. This will be a modified 8-week MBSR program for 14-18 year olds. UI employees may be reimbursed for the fee if they have a flex spending account and their teen is referred by a physician. Scholarship applications are available for those with significant financial need. Kerri Eness-Potter, M.A., will be the instructor.  See attached flyer for schedule.

 

Graduate Groups

The group below is open to people who have completed one of our 8-week programs at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Carver College of Medicine or University of Iowa (academic courses).  UI employees with flex spending accounts may be reimbursed for the fees. Many people find that the graduate groups help them return to more consistent practice, deepen what they are already doing, and/or benefit from practicing and discussing mindfulness with others.

 

Mindful Attitudes in Daily Living

Mindfulness is often described as having three basic aspects: awareness, intention and attitudes. Each of these is included in formal practice to support us in integrating them into daily living.  This group will focus particularly on the attitudes of beginner’s mind curiosity, non-striving, acceptance, trust, letting be, patience, non-judging.  While these are essential to living mindfully, they are easily misunderstood as implying a kind of passivity or dis-engagement in life.  Quite the opposite! We’ll revisit their meaning and practice, share experiences of how they support us in demanding jobs or school programs, challenging family situations, being citizens of the community and world, health crises, communication and more.

 

Participants in this graduate group will explore integrating the attitudes through both formal and informal practices, suggestions for daily practice and discussion regarding your experiences of each.  Email support will be offered between sessions.

 

Schedule:  Tues., June 30 through July 28, 2015                   Deadline: June 23

Time:  5:30-6:30pm

Location: UI Hospitals and Clinics

Instructor:  Chris Klug, M.A., C.T.

Fee:  $75  (Pay at first class – may be reimbursed by UI flex spending)

Registration: Email mindfulness@uiowa.edu and Tess or Maggie will send you directions to the location

Retreats

Anyone who has completed an 8-week MBSR, MBCT, UI Undergraduate or teen group is welcome to attend an extended retreat.  There is no fee but donations to the scholarship program are encouraged. Directions are attached.  Check with us prior to attending to confirm date and location in case there are changes.  Directions are attached.  Upcoming retreats will be Saturday from 9:00 am-3:00 pm on the following dates:

May 9

July 18

Wishing you well,

Bev”

Thanks, Bev.

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Comments

  1. So true that stress tends to be about what ISN’T happening! Thanks for that reminder alone!

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