Students in the Newman University Master of Social Work program will present a workshop designed to help participants better focus their minds called Mindfulness 101. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 4 in the Dugan Gorges Conference Center, inside the Dugan Library and Campus Center on the Newman campus. Reservations are not necessary. Donations of soap, toothpaste, shampoo and other hygiene products for the Center of Hope will be taken at the door.
The workshop will be led by nationally known mindfulness trainer and renowned environmental attorney Grove Burnett. Burnett is co-founder of Vallecitos Mountain Ranch, a learning and retreat center in northern New Mexico.
Mindfulness 101 is designed to help calm the mind. According to workshop officials, our minds are constantly wandering and distracted, entangled in endless projects and activities. We brood about the past. We pre-live the future. By practicing mindfulness – defined as the art of self-awareness – people can learn to live consciously and fully present and relate directly to whatever is happening in their lives.
During the workshop, Grove will introduce participants to the basics of mindfulness sitting and walking meditation, and guide them through specific mindfulness teachings and practices designed to help develop a set of life skills that can improve the ability to respond to various situations.
Workshop officials said mindfulness can be practiced by anyone of any background, and is extremely helpful in today’s uncertain and challenging times, as the art of being aware is the basis for insight, wisdom, and seeing things clearly.
For more information, contact Ashely at NUmindfulness@gmail.com.