I have two things to share with you this week.
First, I have an extra ticket to the Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's lecture on November 20th at 7pm at the Northrop Auditorium on the East Bank campus. If you would like your name put in a drawing for this FREE ticket, email me to let me know you want to attend this lecture. I will draw a name on Friday morning.
Also, there are several of us who are going out to dinner before the event, so if you win, I hope you can join us for dinner too! We haven’t decided on a restaurant yet, but I’ll let you know!
JON KABAT-ZINN, PhD, is founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founding director of its renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world.
The Stress Reduction Clinic has served as the model for mindfulness-based clinical intervention programs at over 200 medical centers and clinics nation-wide and abroad
Friday, Nov 20, 2015
7:00 PM Lecture followed by a Q & A
Lecture title: Mindfulness: What It Is and What It Isn’t Beneath all the Hype, and Why It Might Be Healing and Transformative to Cultivate
Carlson Family Stage at Northrop
84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
General Public: $30
UMN Faculty/Staff/UMAA/UMRA: $27
UMN Students (Limit 1): Free
And second, I want to share this with you from Mindful Schools.
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."
Remember to put the glass down.
(Courtesy of Jimmy Harmon)
Thanks for reading! Once in a while I get to hear how this email has inspired you, which in turn inspires me to continue! Thank you!