Mindfulness (07P:026 or 407:025)
Being Here With It All (2 credit hours)
This 8-week course supports first-year students in transitioning to university life and teaches them mindfulness skills they can use throughout their lives.
Transitioning to the university is a major life change for many students. Navigating the daily practical aspects and challenges of academic work, schedules, roommates, eating and sleeping can seem daunting. Questions of meaning, purpose and identity may take on new significance. Questions such as: Who am I? Why am I here? What are my intentions for how I live and how does this fit with what I do or what others expect? How do I care for myself and others?
This course will provide students with a foundation of research–based practices for holding all of this (and more) in awareness and responding skillfully now—rather than waiting for a future that hasn’t yet happened. Using your own experiences as the focus of inquiry, you will be taught practices of mindfulness meditation, and guided to integrate them into daily living. The purpose of these practices is not to learn to relax (although they are sometimes relaxing) but to relate mindfully to whatever you experience, however joyful or painful.
Research suggests that mindfulness practice can have a positive impact on academic skills; self-regulation of emotional reactivity; interpersonal skills; stress resilience; physical and mental health; and general well–being.
This course is being offered to UI freshmen in collaboration with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Mindfulness-Based Programs, the College of Education, UI College Success Initiatives Program and UI Saturday and Evening Programs for 2 hours of academic credit. See ISIS for registration details.
Mindfulness Foundations (07P:027)
Just This Moment or the Rest of Your Life (3 credit hours)
Mindfulness, an innate quality of present-moment, non-judging attention, strengthened through the practice of mindfulness meditation, supports us in engaging skillfully with life. This course provides personal experiences with mindfulness practices, taught in a secular, non-religious way, using your self as a laboratory to investigate their relevance for daily living and working. This process includes the cultivation of inquiry, attention, reflection, awareness of internal emotional, cognitive and physical experiences and attitudes associated with mindfulness.
These attitudes support openness to change, clarity of intention, acceptance and wise, compassionate action. This personal understanding will be applied to the broader concepts, theories, and research on mindfulness related to academic skills, the neuroscience of self-regulation of emotional reactivity; stress resilience; interpersonal skills, health, and well-being. Students will have opportunity to apply their learning to individual interest areas including education, psychology/counseling, human relations, healthcare, etc.
This course is being offered to UI undergraduates in collaboration with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Mindfulness-Based Programs, the College of Education, and UI Saturday and Evening Programs for 3 hours of academic credit. Register on ISIS.