In recognizing the benefits that cultivating a mindfulness practice can bring, Mindfulness at F&M works with students, faculty, and staff to promote well-being, compassion, and a renewed sense of awareness across campus. Use this guide to identify resources about mindfulness available at F&M or otherwise.
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Links to Book Group Picks
The Mindfulness Book Group meets each week during the semester and reads the selected book aloud, has a silent or guided meditation for 10 minutes and discusses the readings. The book is available in the campus bookstore and there is no cost for book group members.
Current book: The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety by Alan Watts
Fall 2020 Mindfulness Book Club Pick
Can We Reduce Bias in Criminal Justice?, Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, 8-part article series[Summer 2020 Mindfulness Book Club Pick]
...There is explicit racism in criminal justice, of course—that is, conscious anti-black or white supremacist attitudes—in the minds of police, attorneys, judges, and other individual who work in the system. Many have argued that white supremacy is baked into the history of American criminal justice, creating structures that are biased against communities of color...That is why the Greater Good Science Center invited a range of leading experts—psychologists, law enforcement officials, and others—to answer this question: If you could take concrete steps to mitigate the effects of implicit bias on the criminal justice system, at any level, what would those be?
Fall 2014 Mindfulness Book Club Pick
Not available at F&M
Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana.This book has a more
Buddhist perspective, but it’s a great introduction to meditation practice. The style is
very direct and the meditation instructions are easy to follow.
Mindful of Race by Ruth KingA book for all times. Ruth King shares:
Understanding how we have been conditioned to think and react is at the
root of both racial distress and racial healing. Drawing on her expertise
as a meditation teacher and diversity consultant, King helps readers of all
backgrounds examine with fresh eyes the complexity of racial identity and
the dynamics of oppression. She offers guided instructions on how to
work with intense emotions mindfully and shows us how to cultivate a
culture of care from a less tangled place to a place of greater clarity and
Love and Rage by Lama Rod OwensAn African-American teacher of Tibetan Buddhism reconsiders the power of anger as a positive and necessary tool for achieving spiritual liberation and social change For many Buddhists, anger is often thought of as a root cause for suffering and lasting, negative repercussions. In this book, social activist and Kagyu lama Rod Owens offers a different understanding. For Owens, anger is the most important aspects of his personal identity as a Buddhist, social activist, African-American, and gay man. When denied or repressed, unconscious anger can have a negative impact with destructive repercussions. But when recognized and used mindfully, it can be a positive source of vitality, courage, and dedication as one travels the path of spiritual and social transformation. Anger serves as protectorate role as a bodyguard for our personal pain and suffering. When recognized and handled with attention, love, and compassion, it can be a powerful mobilizing factor in our solidarity and commitment to enacting social change. However, too many activist communities have an ill-informed, immature, and romanticized relationship to it. What is needed, says Owens, is a relationship to the heartbreak of anger that is embodied, nondestructive, and deeply healing for all. In this book he offers personal insights, stories from others, as well as well as Buddhist teachings and meditations for tapping into anger's liberating potential.
Stay Woke by Justin Michael Williams; Victoria Cassinova (Illustrator)A no-nonsense guide to establishing a personal meditation practice, changing your life, and taking hold of your dreams. CONFESSION: This is not really a meditation book. Yes, you're going to learn everything you need to know about meditation, but if you came looking for a typical guide to mindfulness, you're in the wrong place. We are modern people in a high-tech world. We have first world problems and long to-do lists. And if you grew up in struggle--overcoming homophobia, sexism, trauma, shame, depression, poverty, toxic masculinity, racism, or social injustice--you need a different type of meditation ... one that doesn't pretend the struggle doesn't exist. Here you will discover: - How toactually find stillness when your mind is going crazy - Why most guided meditations get boring after a while - What nobody tells you about "setting intentions" and the scientific process to manifesting - Four hidden habits that sabotage your growth--and how to move past them - Proven techniques to overcome anxiety, stress, and trouble sleeping - Daily rituals that cement and enrich your practice - How to use mindfulness to take action toward the causes you believe in andget sh!t done Whether you've tried meditation but it never sticks, or you've heard about it but never gave it a shot, Justin Michael Williams guides you step by step in creating a custom meditation ritual that fits in with your busy (and sometimes messy!) modern life. With free downloadable audio meditations every step of the way,Stay Woke gives people ofall genders, identities, colors, religions, ages, and economic backgrounds the tools to stop wasting time, overcome self-doubt, and wake up to the lives we werereally born to live.
Real Happiness by Sharon SalzbergSalzberg is one of the best mindfulness teachers
out there, and this book has been wildly popular. It’s a clearly written manual that
guides you through a 28-day program for building a mindfulness practice. This can
be a great follow up for your Koru class.
Looking at Mindfulness by Christophe AndreA book to help you achieve mindfulness and practice meditation while looking at the world's greatest works of art. Psychiatrist and leading meditation practitioner Christophe André guides you through the art of mindfulness, beginning with art itself. Looking at Mindfulness collects classic and esoteric paintings, from Rembrandt to Hopper to Magritte, and offers a lucid commentary on the inner workings of each. André describes the dynamic on the canvas, and turns to the viewer's own reactions, exploring the connection between what we see and what we feel. Moving beyond the art on the page, André teaches us what it means to consider our surroundings, our daily interactions and obligations, and their effect on our inner well-being and mental clarity. The paintings are a visual and tangible first step to understanding mindfulness and the benefits of living in the moment. In practicing mindfulness, within ourselves and out in the world, each of us can make immediate, meaningful, and permanent changes in our well-being and the well-being of others. Beautifully written, wonderfully accessible for any novice or expert, Looking at Mindfulness delivers practical steps and a comprehensive understanding of the practice and meaning of mindfulness and meditation. An authentic and effortless voice, André brings clarity to what it means to live mindfully and how we can make a more conscious effort to do so.
Publication Date: 2016-07-05
Good Anxiety by Wendy SuzukiWorld-renowned neuroscientist and author of Healthy Brain, Happy Life explains how to harness the power of anxiety into unexpected gifts. We are living in the age of anxiety, a situation that often makes us feel as if we are locked into an endless cycle of stress, sleeplessness, and worry. But what if we had a way to leverage our anxiety to help us solve problems and fortify our wellbeing? What if, instead of seeing anxiety as a curse, we could recognize it for the unique gift that it is? Dr. Wendy Suzuki has discovered a paradigm-shifting truth about anxiety: yes, it is uncomfortable, but it is also essential for our survival. In fact, anxiety is a key component of our ability to live optimally. Every emotion we experience has an evolutionary purpose, and anxiety is designed to draw our attention to vulnerability. If we simply approach it as something to avoid, get rid of, or dampen, we actually miss an opportunity to improve our lives. Listening to our anxieties from a place of curiosity, and without fear, can actually guide us onto a path that leads to joy. Drawing on her own intimate struggles and based on cutting-edge research, Dr. Suzuki has developed an inspiring guidebook for managing unwarranted anxiety and turning it into a powerful asset. In the tradition of Quiet and Thinking, Fast and Slow, Good Anxiety has the power to permanently change how we understand anxiety and, more importantly, how we can use it to improve our lives for the better.