Mindfulness Time


                                                                                                  Photo by Steed Yu & NightChina.net

Join us for the School of Engineering Mindfulness Time

Price: No cost

Who's invited: Everybody

What will it be like: The classroom will be set up to have soft lighting, music, and aromatherapy going. Please feel free to come and go as you please (as quietly as possible). 

[Note: I will announce the time every 15 minute so nobody has to clock-watch :)]

Other Logistics: There are chairs in the room, but feel free to bring a yoga mat or pillow to sit on if you wish. If you think you will attend regularly, Martha can store some of these items in her office and bring them to each session- just let her know (mkehr@ku.edu). 

When: Mondays from 1-2pm and Fridays from 9-10am

​Where: 1530 M2SEC (small conference room at the front of the building on the 1st floor)

Why: Research has shown that there are undeniable benefits to being mindful and practicing active relaxation. Too many of us go through our days with tense bodies and minds, and that can cause long-term negative side effects. By taking the time to practice mindfulness or some sort of meditative practice, we can begin to heal those imbalances. According to this TedxYouth presentation, mindfulness is one of the most important factors in predicting success in life.

Here are some research articles that goes into more detail:

Benefits of Mindfulness for Students

Solhaug, Ida, Thor E. Eriksen, Michael de Vibem Hanne Haavind, Oddgeir Friborg, Tore Sørlie, Jan H. Rosenvinge. “Medical and Psychology Student’s Experiences in Learning Mindfulness: Benefits, Paradoxes, and Pitfalls. Mindfulness; Vol 7, Issue 4, 2016. 

Abstract

Mindfulness has attracted increased interest in the field of health professionals’ education due to its proposed double benefit of providing self-help strategies to counter stress and burnout symptoms and cultivating attitudes central to the role of professional helpers. The current study explored the experiential aspects of learning mindfulness. Specifically, we explored how first-year medical and psychology students experienced and conceptualized mindfulness upon completion of a 7-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program. Twenty-two students participated in either two focus group interviews or ten in-depth interviews, and we performed an interpretive phenomenological analysis of the interview transcripts. All students reported increased attention and awareness of psychological and bodily phenomena. The majority also reported a shift in their attitudes towards their experiences in terms of decreased reactivity, increased curiosity, affect tolerance, patience and self-acceptance, and improved relational qualities. The experience of mindfulness was mediated by subjective intention and the interpretation of mindfulness training. The attentional elements of mindfulness were easier to grasp than the attitudinal ones, in particular with respect to the complex and inherently paradoxical elements of non-striving and radical acceptance. Some participants considered mindfulness as a means to more efficient instrumental task-oriented coping, whilst others reported increased sensitivity and tolerance towards their own state of mind. A broader range of program benefits appeared dependent upon embracing the paradoxes and integrating attitudinal elements in practising mindfulness. Ways in which culture and context may influence the experiences in learning mindfulness are discussed along with practical, conceptual, and research implications.

Benefits of Mindfulness at Work

Hülsheger, U. R., Alberts, H. J. E. M., Feinholdt, A., & Lang, J. W. B. (2013). Benefits of mindfulness at work: The role of mindfulness in emotion regulation, emotional exhaustion, and job satisfaction. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98(2), 310-325. 

Abstract

Mindfulness describes a state of consciousness in which individuals attend to ongoing events and experiences in a receptive and non-judgmental way. The present research investigated the idea that mindfulness reduces emotional exhaustion and improves job satisfaction. The authors further suggest that these associations are mediated by the emotion regulation strategy of surface acting. Study 1 was a 5-day diary study with 219 employees and revealed that mindfulness negatively related to emotional exhaustion and positively related to job satisfaction at both the within- and the between-person levels. Both relationships were mediated by surface acting at both levels of analysis. Study 2 was an experimental field study, in which participants (N = 64) were randomly assigned to a self-training mindfulness intervention group or a control group. Results revealed that participants in the mindfulness intervention group experienced significantly less emotional exhaustion and more job satisfaction than participants in the control group. The causal effect of mindfulness self-training on emotional exhaustion was mediated by surface acting. Implications for using mindfulness and mindfulness training interventions in organizational research and practice are discussed in conclusion. 

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