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.
Please direct all suggestions for this resource guide to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Meetings are currently held virtually on Tuesdays at 12:00pm EST.
Current book: Braiding sweetgrass : indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer (2013)
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.