Mirabai Bush is a Senior Fellow and Founding Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Under her direction, The Center introduced contemplative practices into the fields of higher education, law, business, journalism, social justice activism, and the military. A key contributor to Google’s Search Inside Yourself curriculum, she has taught mindfulness in organizations including AMEX, Hearst Publications, Mind and Life Institute, and Fetzer Institute. 
Mirabai BushShe is the co-author of Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning and author of Working with Mindfulness CD.  She is co-author with Ram Dass of Compassion in Action.  In 2015, her chapter “Awakening at Work: Introducing Mindfulness into Organizations” will be published in Mindfulness in Organizations by Cambridge University Press.  Mirabai’s contemplative teachers include Neemkaroli Baba, S. N.Goenka, Kalu Rinpoche,  Geek Rinpoche, Kanai Sesei, and others.

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Working with Mindfulness: Practices and Perspectives for Individuals and Organizations
July 31-August 4, 2017

This summer's course will include new practices and discussions not included last year.

Mindfulness is a contemplative practice that quiets the mind in order to cultivate a personal capacity for deep concentration and insight in the face of the 10,000 distractions of everyday life. It is often defined as the awareness that arises by paying attention on purpose in the present moment non-judgmentally.  This course will introduce a series of secular mindfulness practices for individuals and groups, including some that have been developed specifically for the workplace.   

To learn mindfulness, you will not be asked to take leaps of faith, dim your critical voice, or fit any square pegs into round holes. You will be using the resources and wisdom of your own body and mind, followed by discussions on working together based on the values and perspectives embodied in the practices.  Each session will include Q&A, discussion, participation, and examples of how others are using these practices.

Monday
Introduction to the course, to each other, and to the potential benefits of mindfulness for individuals and organizations.  Practices will include mindfulness of the breath, body sensations, walking, and external objects.  Short review of recent studies on the effect of mindfulness on the brain and the body and examples of programs in organizational settings from the Smith School of Social Work to Google.

Tuesday
An introduction to the connections between mindful practices and emotional intelligence (one's ability to perceive, assess, and manage the emotions of oneself, others, and groups). Practices will include mindful listening (to sound, music, another person) and mindful communication.  We will discuss mindful listening in client relationships, in the workplace, and in education.

Wednesday
Practices that build on the attention and self-awareness cultivated through basic mindfulness.  One key practice is Loving Kindness, a guided practice that cultivates care, concern, acceptance, and loving kindness for oneself and others. It decreases implicit biases and can open the way to resolution of conflicts. 

Thursday
Compassion. We will learn a dyads practice called Just Like Me, which emphasizes the similarities in people and cultivates appreciation for the differences.

Friday
Taking It All Back Home: Self Care (deep relaxation, self-compassion),  Models and Methods for the Workplace, and Resources.

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"I enjoyed Mirabai – her calm presence and her deep wisdom"

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