Mindfulness

Mindfulness will return Fall 2017.

Mindfulness is a way of being in life that is shown to improve attention, mood, self-awareness, feelings of calm and peace of mind, while decreasing stress hormones, anxiety, depression and racing thoughts. Meditation is a form of mindfulness that creates structural and biochemical changes in the brain to improve physical and mental well-being. It is a non-religious practice that is being used in health care, schools, universities, sports teams, and the workplace to help people improve their performance and resiliency to life's stressors. 

Class is experiential and instructive. We practice meditation, mindful walking, and body scans to improve focus and self-awareness. We learn to observe our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations as we move through our day without becoming overwhelmed. Each session builds on the last, as well as the gains of participants' practice between sessions. Topics include:

  • Where the mind goes, the body follows
  • Understanding the brain's stress reaction and the effect of meditation
  • The brain on meditation - what does 40 years of research show?
  • Recognizing when you are on auto-pilot
  • Introduction to 'mindfulness' and 'meditation'
  • Managing your monkey mind
  • Listening to your body
  • Gratitude and inner talk
  • Building emotional resilience
  • Developing self-compassion
  • How to 'let it go'
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Bringing mindfulness into your daily life

No experience necessary. Class size is limited.

Location

SDC Studio

Activity Level

Low to Moderate

Special Requirements

Comfortable clothing that allows for comfortable sitting. Dress in layers, bring a light blanket, water bottle, meditation cushion and yoga mat if you have one. Mats, cushions and blankets will be available in the Studio as well.


About the Instructor

Kim Menzel, LMSW, ACSW is a mindfulness-based cognitive therapist and owner of Indigo Creek Counseling Center, LLC, serving the local community since 2006. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and has worked with adults and teens dealing with stress, trauma, depression, and anxiety for 25 years. Kim has had a daily mindfulness practice for 10 years and has completed training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Professionals, Mindful Educator Essentials, and is in the process of becoming certified as a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher.

Email: kjmenzel@mtu.edu