Mindful Mondays

Mindful Monday is back!

Start your week enjoying the benefits of mindfulness – calm focus, greater clarity, and positive energy! Join a community of NC State faculty and staff who are learning and practicing mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques together, in Zoom, every Monday at 9:00 AM.*

Session Objectives:

  • Practice gentle movement and stretching
  • Learn and practice breathing techniques
  • Experience a guided meditation session
  • Connect with other NC State faculty and staff

There is considerable evidence that the practice of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) techniques builds resilience by training our attention and awareness on the present moment while acknowledging any thoughts, feelings, or sensations we are having. Mindfulness is a path to cultivate a calm, focused mind and offset the negative mental and physiological effects of stress, anxiety, and fear. An added benefit of mindfulness practice is the opportunity to offer kindness, empathy, and compassion to ourselves and others.

This program is suitable for and open to all NC State faculty and staff. No previous knowledge of meditation is needed, and you can join us from wherever you are on Monday mornings. You must be an authenticated user to join the Zoom session link, and participants may choose to have their camera off or on during the session. *Audio recordings will be available after the sessions for those who cannot attend live. They are at the bottom of this page. 

Sessions will be led by Autumn Mist Belk (Teaching Professor) and Zach McKinney (Lecturer), both faculty in University College. To register for the live sessions, please complete this Google form.

 

Autumn has been teaching meditation as part of the practice of yoga since 2011. Her favorite meditation practices combine breathwork with simple intentions that can be interpreted in a variety of ways to fit each practitioner where they are in the moment. She also loves sharing narrative guided meditations, allowing practitioners to be fully enveloped in a meditative experience to allow for deep states of relaxation.

 

 

Zach McKinney PhotoZach has been practicing yoga and meditation since 2009 to help navigate and manage the ups and downs of modern life. His practice relies heavily on breathwork to help focus thoughts and regulate the body to relieve stress. He believes that meditation is something that can be done anywhere and anytime, and his approach gives students the tools they need to live in a meditative state rather than it being something special they have to make time for.

 

 

 

Monday, September 26, 2022 audio recording