Beginning this month, the UF Mindfulness Initiative will introduce a series of mindfulness teachings on how faculty can integrate mindfulness into their classrooms and/or online teachings. The “Mindfulness Wave” will feature one- to two-hour teachings on a rotational basis in UF’s 16 colleges throughout 2016.
Mindful classrooms can provide cognitive, emotional and bodily benefits to both learners and instructors. Students can learn how to enhance learning, productivity, health and well-being with mindfulness practices, reducing exam anxiety and enhancing emotional resilience in stressful situations such as class presentations. Researchers may benefit from mindful communication, collaboration and listening to spark creativity and achieve the highest potential for successful proposal development, harmony in research teams and authentic leadership.
Faculty and instructors are invited to attend any of the following sessions in February.
- Feb. 9, Noon-1 p.m., Rare Book Room, Levin College of Law, with Teresa Drake
- Feb. 22, 10:40 a.m.-12:35 p.m., FLG 0245, College of Health and Human Performance, with Sabine Grunwald
- Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-noon, Terrace Room G-400, College of Education, with Ana Puig
Additional dates will be announced as they become available. Visit the UF Mindfulness website to learn more.
Looking for opportunities to meditate with others on campus? Regular meditation sessions are now being held on the Plaza of the Americas. Faculty, staff and students are invited to bring a mat, cushion or anything on which to sit and look for the flags and banners on the Plaza from 1-2 p.m. on Feb. 16 and March 8, 17 and 31. Watch for additional dates in this spring as well as sessions in the new meditation room at the J. Wayne Reitz Union.