Learn to Meditate
By Melissa Lafrance on July 6, 2016
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits team has a great line up of free activities and events coming your way this summer. Sign up today for programs including Office Stretches & Workouts, Celiac Disease & Gluten-free, Learn to Meditate Three-Part Series, Not Myself Today, Ergo Your Office, Eldercare and plenty more!
Celiac Disease & Gluten-Free Diet: Myths vs. Facts – July 7, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Are you thinking about going gluten-free? Is going gluten-free actually healthier for you? This workshop will focus on the myths and truths of the gluten-free diet, and delve into celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
The facilitators of the session are Val Vaartnou, President of the Canadian Celiac Association (Vancouver Chapter) and Nicole Fetterly, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition & Wellness Manager in UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services. All staff and faculty are welcome to attend.
Learn to Meditate Three-Part Series – July 11, 18, & 25, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
The three-part Learn to Meditate series is back by popular demand for summer 2016! Wendy Quan will provide an introduction and basic concepts of meditation and mindfulness techniques. This three-session course, tuned for the working environment, is designed for those both new and experienced in the world of mindfulness meditation.
For $35, you can learn to cultivate personal resilience, learn techniques to reduce and manage stress, and gain confidence to practice meditation and mindfulness. For more information and to register, click here.
Not Myself Today Info Session – July 12, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Not Myself Today is a campaign focusing on helping workplaces achieve better understanding of mental health and reduce stigma. As part of Thrive 2016, the Not Myself Today campaign will be implemented within numerous departments for the second year. UBC departments can easily take part in the campaign during Thrive week (Oct 31 – Nov 4) using tools and resources to educate their staff and faculty.
Join us to learn about the campaign and how your department can get involved, discover support tools and resources, and learn about mental health. For more information and to register, click here.
Ergo Your Office – July 27, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation and a practical session, giving you hands-on experience adjusting typical office equipment. By the end of the tutorial you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse and monitor to promote neutral working postures. For more information and to register, click here.
Eldercare 101 – July 27, 2016 @ 12-1pm (Location: Point Grey)
Join Home-to-Home, a seniors advisory and assistance business, in this one-hour session on eldercare planning and management. Participants will learn how to develop eldercare plans related to housing, how to avoid crisis situations, access resources, budgeting, legal considerations, and gain a greater awareness of eldercare options and resources. For more information and to register, click here.
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By Guest Contributor on June 8, 2016
Guest contribution by Wendy Quan
Do you have a busy mind? If you said yes, congratulations, you have a typical human mind!
The mindfulness concept of the ‘monkey mind’ is the name given to your busy mind. You know that one I’m talking about — you have so much going on in your life, that your mind jumps around like an agitated monkey. Most people generally are not too aware of it, and when you do notice it, it can increase your stress when you notice the monkey mind.
Perhaps you recognize your busy monkey mind and have tried to calm it down. Maybe you have tried meditation on your own by reading a book or trying to learn by listening to recordings. Did you find this successful? If not, it’s likely that you got frustrated because your monkey mind just won’t ‘shut down’ and stay calm.
Having thoughts is normal – it’s human. As you practice meditation, you will notice an increase in your focus and concentration. You will be increasingly more capable of focusing in the object of your meditation, such as your breath, a visualization, or a silent mantra. It is very common to expect a completely calm mind when meditating but the reality is that this should not be expected of meditation.
Here’s the key: Meditation is not about achieving a totally blank or calm mind throughout the entire meditation. Meditation is about focusing, and then when your mind does wander (and it will!), your job is to notice when it has wandered, then re-focus on the object of your meditation.
A great tip is to change how you regard your wandering mind – instead of getting frustrated and disappointed when this happens, congratulate yourself for noticing when your mind has strayed. Feel good that you’ve noticed! Feel good that you are self-aware! See your growing awareness as a positive, not a negative.
Every time you notice your mind has wandered, know that you are doing a good job in meditation!
Doesn’t that change your perspective on the wandering mind? When I teach this perspective in class, people feel relief and start to enjoy meditation so much more.
Wendy Quan will be teaching a three-week summer ‘Learn To Meditate’ class for beginners at UBC. Join her for a wonderful introduction to mindfulness and meditation, and leave feeling confident to start your personal practice. Program cost is $35 and sessions run July 11, 18, 25 from 12:00-1:00pm. Sign up here.
Wendy Quan is a certified organizational change manager who has created an innovative way to build personal and organizational change resiliency through meditation and mindfulness. Wendy has two published papers on this subject with the worldwide Association of Change Management Professionals, speaks at conferences, and has taught at UC Berkeley. Wendy is a leader in the change management community and founded the Vancouver Change Management Practitioner’s community of practice. Her career has also included management in human resources, organizational development, coaching and information technology.