Mindfulness Follow-Up Groups

The groups below are open to people who have completed one of the eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction or mindfulness-based cognitive therapy programs at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, at the Carver College of Medicine, or at the University of Iowa (academic course). University of Iowa employees with flex spending accounts may be reimbursed for the fees. Many people find that the follow-up groups help them return to more consistent practice, deepen what they are already doing, and/or benefit from practicing and discussing mindfulness with others.

Cultivating Gratitude

“Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” -Albert Einstein

Is one day a year really enough to pay attention to the people and things in our lives that we are grateful for? As Jon Kabat-Zinn says, “In the U.S., it seems like we take one day a year to appreciate what we have and the other 364 days trying to get what we don't have.” We often become so focused on the ways in which we want things to be different that we forget to notice “what’s not wrong.” This group will explore this as well as wanting what we have and expanding our awareness of the interdependence by which we receive it. And what might it mean to live in a manner that “gives in return as much as I have received?” We will sit in meditation together each week, and suggestions for cultivating gratitude in daily life will be provided.

Schedule: Thursdays, Nov. 7 to Dec. 12, 2019 (five sessions, with no class on Thanksgiving Day)

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 31, 2019

Location: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Instructor: Kerri Potter, MA

Fee: An online payment of $95 or a check (received at least one week before the group starts) will be required for this group. UI employees with flex spending accounts may be reimbursed for the fee. To enroll, please email us at mindfulness@uiowa.edu.

Spacious Awareness

Open, choiceless awareness is central in being present in our lives and experiencing the spacious, boundless qualities of human experience. We introduced this in your previous 8-week or semester class. Now we’ll review and deepen our understanding and experience of basic awareness while exploring its variations and relevance to daily living. In addition to practicing together, brief readings will be provided for discussion. Daily home practices will be offered each week. This group is most appropriate for people who have been practicing mindfulness consistently for some time.

Schedule: Wednesdays, Feb. 5 to Feb. 26, 2020

Time: 5 to 6 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Jan. 29, 2020

Location: UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, Level 12, Conference Room 2

Instructor: Bev Klug, MA, LMFT

Fee: An online payment of $80 or a check (received at least one week before the group starts) will be required for this group. UI employees with flex spending accounts may be reimbursed for the fee. To enroll, please email us at mindfulness@uiowa.edu.

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