New Mindfulness Programs: A Letter from Bev Klug

Hey, I got a new letter on upcoming mindfulness programs from Bev Klug and I’m passing them along. I’ve passed my year anniversary since graduating from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class. I want you to know that I focused repeatedly on my breath during the 3-4 hour wait for the Niagara Falls Cave of the Wind attraction during the July 4th holiday just passed. I was able to be mindful even when the guy behind me edged up ahead of us a few times in an obvious attempt to butt in line.

This stuff works. Don’t forget the Working Mindfully course!

Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities

of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time. 


For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to

the ever-new dawn!

~Kalidasa

 

Good Morning,

I hope you are enjoying summer and “looking to this day” again and again.  Below are the new Mindfulness Program offerings for Fall 2015.  Note that we have added a Sunday afternoon class to the MBSR schedule in an effort to accommodate people who have schedule conflicts during the week, have to commute to Iowa City to attend, or just prefer to take the class during weekend time.  Our usual weekday classes continue to be offered as well. We have an interesting roster of graduate group options and the MBCT group will begin in October. 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).

 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) –note new Sunday afternoon program!

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 flyer. See www.uihealthcare.org/mindfulness for more details.

MBSR Fall 2015

 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

MBCT is a program that integrates mindfulness meditation and cognitive therapy.  Scientific research supports that it is effective, when practiced consistently, for prevention of depression relapse and, for some, reduced use or elimination of anti-depressant medication.  It can also be helpful in relating skillfully to anxiety.  People who have had episodes of depression must be currently in at least partial remission in order to participate. The group is similar in structure and format to the MBSR program, with more focus on being aware of cognitive, emotional and behavioral patterns that contribute to depression relapse and/or escalation of anxiety and using the practice of mindfulness to respond more skillfully.  MBCT and the required intake session are paid for by most insurance plans with mental health and group therapy coverage. Participants must have a diagnosis of depression and/or anxiety. You can participate in this program even if you have completed MBSR and, in fact, many people find it useful to do so if they experience chronic depression and/or anxiety. Contact Tess or Keely at mindfulness@uiowa.edu or 319-384-5089 to schedule an intake session. See flyer for details also.  Instructor is Bev Klug, M.A., LMFT.

MBCT Fall 2015

 

Graduate Groups

The groups below are 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.

 

The point of practice isn’t to just suffer; the point is to develop a mind so open that it can experience great pleasure and great pain with spaciousness, with compassion, with awareness, with energy.                                                                                  ~Sharon Salzberg, mindfulness meditation teacher and author

 

1)  Reviewing the Basics of Mindfulness Practice

Whether you’ve been practicing for years or weeks, consistently, sporadically, or maybe not at all right now, it can be helpful to review the basic foundations and practices of mindfulness to deepen your understanding of why and what you are practicing.  It can also be very powerful to practice with others and to tap into the wisdom of the group that consists of people at every level of experience from beginners to those who have practiced for years.  And, as always, the focus will be on integrating mindfulness into daily living.

Class time will include experiential review of the basic formal and informal practices, discussion, and suggestions for daily practice.  Email support will be offered between sessions.

 

Schedule:  Wednesday, September 9 thru 30, 2015                   Deadline: September 2

Time:  5:30-6:30pm

Location: UI Hospitals and Clinics

Instructor:  Chris Klug, M.A., C.T.

Fee:  $65 (Pay at first class – may be reimbursed by UI flex spending)

Registration: Email mindfulness@uiowa.edu and we will send you specific directions and confirmation of your registration.

 

2) Working Mindfully

Many large corporations and other institutions are increasingly recognizing the importance of mindfulness in the workplace and much has been written on the topic in the popular media. The benefits they note coincide with the compelling, on-going scientific research throughout the past couple of decades on how mindfulness practice supports us in relating more skillfully to stress; paying attention; communicating better; having more compassion for ourselves and others; being open and curious. Logically these benefits enhance aspects of our work.

 

Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening internally and externally, and making skillful choices in how we relate to it, rather than being lost in automaticity, not just when we’re in the imagined perfect environment to be mindful, but any and all the time, even in the busyness and messiness of the workplace. When people begin practicing mindfulness, they often notice the effects in daily living, including at work. In this class, we’ll be more intentional in not leaving mindfulness at home but  integrating it into our work lives, too.

 

Let’s see if what the research is indicating and the business world is embracing fits with our experience.  Does working with greater clarity, acceptance, curiosity, non-striving, wisdom and skillfulness contribute to effectiveness, innovation and creativity?  Does mindfulness practice support us when there is one crisis after another; performance and/or financial pressures; when new solutions are called for; or we’re feeling stretched too thin every single day?  Where does compassion for ourselves and others fit in when we need to get things done or, perhaps, make sure those we supervise do?  What about if we’re bored, disheartened, discouraged or burned out – having lost sight of what we’re doing and why?  Or when we’re so excited and enthused it’s hard to set limits?

 

Class time will consist of experiential mindfulness practices, discussion, and practices between classes, including email support. Ideas will be shared by the instructor and collectively generated with the group regarding specific, short practices that may be useful while working.

 

Schedule: Monday, October 5 – November 2, 2015                   Deadline: September 28
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: UI Hospitals and Clinics
Instructor: Bev Klug, M.A., LMFT
Fee: $80 (Pay at first class – may be reimbursed by UI flex spending)
Registration: Email mindfulness@uiowa.edu and we will send you specific directions and confirmation of your registration.

 

3) Cultivating Gratitude

Is one day a year really enough to pay attention to the people and things in our lives for which we are grateful? As Jon Kabat-Zinn says, “In the U.S., it seems like we take one day a year to appreciate what we have and the other 364 days trying to get what we don’t have.” We often become so focused on the ways in which we want things to be different that we forget to notice “what’s not wrong.”

This annual group will explore “what’s not wrong” as well as wanting what we have and expanding our awareness of the interdependence by which we receive it.                                                                                                                                  Class time will consist of experiential mindfulness practices and discussions.  Suggestions for daily practice and email reminders will be given regarding the cultivation of gratitude in daily life.

Schedule:        Tuesdays, November 10 through December 15, 2015 (no class November 24)                      Deadline: November 2

Time:   Section 1: 5:30-6:30pm

Section 2: noon-1:00pm

Instructor: Section 1: Chris Klug, M.A., C.T

Section 2:  Kerri Eness-Potter, M.A.

Fee: $80 (Pay at first class – may be reimbursed by UI flex spending)

Location: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Registration: Email mindfulness@uiowa.edu and we will send you specific directions and confirmation of your registration.

 

Retreats

Anyone who has completed an 8-week MBSR, MBCT, UI Undergraduate, Psychiatry Residency 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:

July 18

October 17

November 7

Dear Mindfulness Program Participants,

 

The retreat will be held Saturday, __________from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at Community Church of Christ in Coralville (see directions below). This is an important part of the MBSR program, so please do your best to attend.

The intention of the retreat is to bring together, in a more extensive manner, the various aspects of the practice we’re working with, as well as to take time to be with yourself in a different way and to step out of your usual routines. Participants from current mindfulness programs (and some alumni) will be at this retreat.

We ask that you maintain silence the entire time except for the last half-hour when you will be invited to talk about your experience of the day. If possible, please begin your day in silence including not listening to the radio or TV. When you arrive at the retreat, enter the room in silence and take your seat. We will guide you through various mindfulness practices throughout the day.

What To Bring and Wear?

  • Your lunch. There will be no refrigerator available so bring non-perishable items or pack food in a cooler.
  • A yoga mat for mindful movement and whatever else you need to be comfortable sitting or lying down: cushions, blankets, etc. There will be fairly comfortable straight-backed chairs available.
  • Dress in layers and dress to be outdoors as we will be both indoors and outside unless weather conditions are extreme.
  • Please refrain from wearing perfumes or colognes, as some people are sensitive to or allergic to them.

If you need to leave a message, please do so by emailing us. We are not in the office on Fridays.

Thank you,

Bev Klug (384-7553) beverly-klug@uiowa.edu

Chris Klug (319-471-0832) cklug.7384@yahoo.com

Kerri Eness-Potter (335-7260) kerri-eness-potter@uiowa.edu

Directions to Community of Christ Church – 2121 S. Ridge Dr.  Coralville, IA 52241

From the Coralville strip heading west, turn right at Applebee’s Restaurant at 12th Ave. Go the 4-way stop where 12th Ave intersects Holiday Road. Turn left (west) and go to South Ridge. Turn left on South Ridge. The church is located at the end of the street.

From Iowa City on I-80 heading west, take the 1st Ave. exit for Coralville. Turn right onto 1st Ave to Holiday Road. Go left on Holiday Road to South Ridge. Turn left on South Ridge. The church is located at the end of the street.

 

Wishing you well,

Bev

 

bevklugBev Klug, M.A., LMFT

Director of Mindfulness-Based Programs

Department of Psychiatry, UIHC

200 Hawkins Dr. /1911 JPP

Iowa City, IA  52242

319.384.7553

www.uihealthcare.org/mindfulness

 

Thanks, Bev.

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