Guest Post: Mindfulness Programs at Iowa for Fall 2016 by Bev Klug

“If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing. If we don’t really know where we are standing… We may only go in circles…”

– Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

Bev Klug

Bev Klug

 

Good Afternoon,

I hope you are enjoying the summer season and are having many moments of knowing where you are standing! Below are our upcoming graduate groups (for alumni of 8-week and semester programs), and upcoming MBSR and MBCT groups, along with retreats that alumni are welcome to attend when space allows. You can find more information on our website www.uihealthcare.org/mindfulness. Please join us for a graduate group and share the attached flyers with those whom you know may benefit.

 

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. Each class includes formal mindfulness practice/s of sitting meditation, basic mindful movement or body scan; suggestions for home practices related to the topic of the group intended to support integration of mindfulness into daily living; and discussion of in-class and home practices.

 

1) Review of Basic Mindfulness  Whether you integrate mindfulness into daily living or have practiced so little it’s hard to even know what that means, it can be helpful to periodically return to the basic foundations, teachings and practices. As with many things we learn, practicing the skills again and again is what supports integration. Without periodic guidance, we may find that we what we are actually practicing is not congruent with what we intend to learn. For example, practicing mindfulness to rid oneself of strong emotions or a busy mind is losing sight of the heart of mindfulness which is to hold what is here in awareness with kindness, compassion and wise discernment. Reviewing the basics in a group that includes a range of new to long-time practitioners and a skilled teacher is a way of tapping into a wealth of wisdom, including your own, to support your intention to live mindfully with all that life holds.

Schedule: Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 (4 sessions)

Registration Deadline: August 31

Time:  5:30-6:30pm

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

Location:  UI Hospitals and Clinics

Instructor:  Chris Klug, M.A.

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


 

2)  Working Mindfully – Encore!  This group was offered last Fall and the participants found it so useful that they asked for it to be offered again, so, here it is!  You need not to have been in the original group to benefit from this one and, if you were in the original group there will be new ways we explore this important area of our lives….

 

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: Mondays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 (5 sessions)

Registration Deadline: September 19

Time:  5:30-6:30pm

Fee:  $90 (Pay at first class – may be reimbursed by UI flex spending)

Location:  UI Hospitals and Clinics

Instructor:  Bev Klug, M.A., LMFT

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

 

3) Stress!! It’s true that life is just out of balance sometimes, but, have you noticed that often when we are the most stressed we take the least good care of ourselves? At this time of year for many people experiencing academic deadlines, upcoming holidays, earlier sunsets and declining temperatures, or life in general, stress increases and self-care drops away. This can show up in many forms including over-working to the point of being unproductive, sleep deprivation or excess, poor nutritional choices, increased anxiety or lowering of mood, and more. If you were preparing for a presentation, a musical or athletic performance or any big event, you would hone the instrument that is required  or may be most helpful for you to do your best in that event. This is a time to continue honing the instrument of mindfulness to support you in engaging fully, with awareness, acceptance, compassion, clarity and wise discernment moment-moment because, although life may seem like a rushing avalanche right now, it is still unfolding in moments. Can you be present in this one?  Can you do “just this”?  Let’s practice together.

Schedule:

Section 1:  Mondays, Noon – 1:00 pm: Nov. 7, 14, (no class 11/21), 28, Dec. 5 & 12

Section 2: Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm: Nov. 9, 16, (no class 11/23), 30, Dec. 7 & 14

Registration deadline for both sections: October 31

Fee:  $90 (Pay at first class – may be reimbursed by UI flex spending)

Location:  UI Hospitals and Clinics

Instructor:  Section 1:  Bev Klug, M.A., LMFT and Section 2:  Chris Klug, M.A.

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

 

4) Living w Chronic Medical Conditions  A group of people with chronic medical conditions has been meeting since January. Soon they will be deciding whether to continue to meet in the graduate group format or more informally. Information will be posted on our website in a couple of weeks regarding the format and schedule of this group.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)  is an 8-week program which 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, complete the Personal Health Assessment PHA) and meet with a liveWELL Health Coach(PHA located at Employee Self-Service website under the “Personal” tab, scroll down to “liveWELL” and select PHA then follow prompts). Currently registered UI students receive a 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.

 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an 8-week 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 2 or more 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, a desire to be an active participant in caring for oneself, a commitment to attend a weekly group and do consistent home practices. 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 mindfulness@uiowa.edu or 319-384-5089 to schedule an intake session. See attached flyer for details also. Instructor is Bev Klug, M.A., LMFT.

FLYERS!

 

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. Please email mindfulness@uiowa.edu for location details as they are not all held in the same place. Upcoming retreats will be Saturday from 9:00 am-3:30 pm on the following dates:

July 16

October 22

November 5

 

May this find you to be happy, well, safe and free of suffering,

Bev

 

Bev Klug, M.A., LMFT

Director of Mindfulness-Based Programs

Department of Psychiatry, UIHC

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Comments

  1. parentsfriend says:

    The One Minute Meditation works well also. Here the link to the Wiki How detailing it. http://www.wikihow.com/Meditate-in-One-Minute.

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