The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will offer a limited number of free spaces in its 8-week program this fall for non-UI employees who have been displaced by the flood or severely affected by it in some other way. All UI employees have access to the program and may qualify to receive tuition support for it through UI Wellness’ liveWELL program (www.uiowa.edu/livewell).
Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening right now with acceptance. This acceptance means acknowledging what is here, whether we like it or not, and supports us in responding skillfully to what is occurring, even when it is difficult. The practice of mindfulness is from an ancient meditation tradition. It is taught in MBSR in a non-religious way and focuses on integrating mindfulness into the realities of daily living. Research shows that MBSR helps people respond skillfully to stress, sleep better, improve focus and concentration, reduce psychological distress and develop a sense of well-being and appreciation for life. It has been offered at UIHC since 1996.
For more information and to register, see the website: www.uihealthcare.com/depts/mindfulness/.