Mindfulness at ELI

I recently asked for your feedback regarding CPD (Continuing Professional Development) here at the ELI:

So the question–and purpose of my blathering-is how can we change the structure of PD here at the ELI to encourage more opportunities for instructors to participate in self-directed and more sustainable CPD?

David Butler responded with:

There seems to be growing awareness of the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace (see link below). How about having a mindfulness practice group here at the ELI for teachers and staff who are interested?


I just came across a related article today about Mindfulness: an antidote for workplace ADD, and wonder if you, like David, would like to connect with others, in a group focused on Mindfullness practice? Perhaps you could email me or David directly if you are interested.

Taken from the above article:

Here’s an exercise from the concentration family of meditation. It’s a good introduction to mindfulness.

  • Sit upright, close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath.
  • Don’t try to control your breath, just let it be natural and easy but be aware of your breath.
  • Notice the full inhalation, the full exhalation.
  • See if you can feel it coming and going through your nostrils, or feel the rise and fall of your belly.
  • When you notice that you’ve been distracted, simply start with the next breath.
  • Tune in to any sensation any way you can. Be fully aware of the breath. Just keep your attention anchored there.
  • Keep breathing in, and breathing out.
  • Whenever your mind wanders, just bring it back to your breath.
  • Watch the full inhalation, the full exhalation. Stay with the breath. Use it as your anchor for attention.
  • Try it on your own for a few minutes.

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2 responses to “Mindfulness at ELI”

  1. Tracy Hall

    It’d be great to have a speaker come join us for a PD. David I am sure you must know someone on campus, or who comes to do retreats maybe, that might be interested in helping us apply mindfulness in the workplace? Not to put you on the spot, but here goes, how about you? You could explain some of the ways you’ve used these techniques at work.

    1. David

      Itnteresting idea, Tracy! I was thinking more of a small practice group rather than a presentation because I find that mindfulness as a lived experience is more useful. I’ll give it some thought, though.

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