Mental Wellness Themed Offerings

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Spring 2021 Jump To: Grounding And Centering Care Through Meditation And Gentle MovementStress Less SessionsWinter Reflections Mindfulness Meditation sessionsLet's Meditate With Wellness sessionsFlickering Flame MeditationPositivity: Reworking The Mind For A More Optimistic Thought ProcessCommunity Wellness Chat: Thinking Through Nutrition And Mindfulness In The Winter

Fall 2020 Jump To:  Resilience During COVID blog post; Let's Meditate With Wellness sessions; Golden Orb Meditation; Kick-Start To Minfulness PracticeMeditation: Removing Obstacles; Meditation: Learning To Slow The Mind; Positivity: Reworking The Mind For A More Optimistic Thought Process; Take A Breath Drop-In SessionsCoping With IntensityMental Wellness Challenge

Grounding And Centering Care Through Meditation And Gentle Movement

  • Register here to receive the Zoom link (you can choose to attend one session or all six)
  • Sessions held on Tuesdays, beginning April 6th at 12pm for a total of 6 weeks. 
  • The type of offering will alternate each week between a 30-minute meditation and a 45-minute gentle body movement class. There will be an additional 15 minutes of optional time to check-in and connect with one another following each session.  

Staff and faculty are invited to register for this self-care, healing and grounding offering. The sessions are designed through an equity and social justice lens, centering the needs of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. Open yourself to this consciously inclusive approach to wellness. Join meditation/movement teacher Lissa Edmond as they guide you through 30-minute guided meditation practices and 45-minute gentle mindful movement sessions, with additional time before and after the sessions for checking in and connecting. The gentle movement sessions will integrate practices from qigong, yoga, mindful movement, and breath work. 

Lissa is a somatic integrative psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and meditation and mindful movement teacher. You can learn more about Lissa here. We are excited to be able to bring their talent to the Cornell employee community through a collective effort spearheaded by Cornell WellnessCornell Health, the Department Of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity, and the Office Of Faculty Development And Diversity. Additional support was provided by Cornell Fitness Centers, Cornell's Men Of Color Colleague Network Group and Cornell's Women Of Color Colleague Network Group. Questions? Contact Kerry Howell from Cornell Wellness.

Stress Less Sessions

  • Tuesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 3-4:00pm, through Zoom live
  • Register here to sign up for this three-week workshop series about how to stress less

Would you love an opportunity to just vent and let it all out?!

Join Casey Benson from the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program, along with Keri Johnson from Cornell Wellness, as they give you the opportunity to vent, experience proven stress reduction techniques and learn about topics like Maslow's hierarchy, circles of control & influence, and self-acceptance. Take this opportunity to let go, grow, and become more empowered to handle your personal stress. Registration is limited to ten people. Please be sure you can commit to all three weeks before registering. Everyone will have the opportunity to vent at the beginning of each session. Please note: Cornell stands for civil discourse, reasoned thought, sustained discussion, and constructive engagement without degrading, abusing, or harassing others. If you have questions about this offering, please reach out to Keri Johnson.

Winter Reflections Mindfulness Meditations

  • Fridays, February 26, March 5, 12 and 19, 11-11:30am, provided live through Zoom
  • Register here and you'll receive a link you can use to attend one or all of the sessions

Spend some time getting cozy and focused inside while it is still cold and wintery outside. Drop in to a mindfulness meditation session with Ruth every Friday beginning February 26 through March 19. All experiences welcome, especially beginners. Contact Ruth Merle-Doyle with questions.

Let's Meditate With Wellness 

  • Thursdays, 9-9:30am, running February 11-March 25 w/Kerry Howell; running April 1-May 27 w/Ruth Merle-Doyle
  • Register here for this series of weekly meditations. Once registered, you will receive the access link that will allow you to join as many of these weekly meditations as you are able to. If you have any trouble registering, please contact Ruth Merle Doyle.

Join these 30 minute weekly guided mindfulness meditation sessions facilitated by Kerry Howell and Ruth Merle-Doyle, Cornell Wellness staff, live through Zoom. Sit with your eyes closed, or gaze lowered, in a comfortable space while you are led through a meditation designed to enhance your mindfulness through focusing on the breath and bringing calmness to the distracted mind. These sessions are perfect for the beginner up to the advanced. There are many facilitators providing guided meditations through Cornell Health's Let's Meditate program. See a full listing of all of these virtual meditations on Cornell Health's Let's Meditate website

Flickering Flame Meditation

Take a moment out of your day, just for yourself, relax and watch this meditation based on a candle flame. This meditation allows your mind to stay in the present moment and lets the rest of the world slip into the background. Allow your mind and body to relax during this ten-minute session and feel rejuvenated afterwards. This meditation is provided by Wellness & Fitness Specialist, Keri Johnson.

Positivity: Reworking The Mind For A More Optimistic Thought Process

Have you always wanted to be the glass is half full kind of person?! Learn the tricks of the positive person, and how to incorporate them into your life, so you too, can look at life on the brighter side. Spend an hour with Keri Johnson, Wellness & Fitness Specialist, and put a little more positivity into your day! 

Community Wellness Chat: Thinking Through Nutrition And Mindfulness In The Winter

When winter arrives and the temperature changes, we often change our habits, some for the better and possibly some for the worse. During this pandemic winter, there are many strategies to consider when it comes to nutrition, food and mindfulness to help your body and mind be healthy and well. Join Cornell Wellness experts Erin Harner, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and Ruth Merle-Doyle, Fitness Professional, for an interactive and candid chat about strategies to consider and pro tips to keep in mind when it comes to the food we prepare and eat and how we tackle our mental wellness. All are welcome to attend, especially those who tend to dislike winter! Contact Ruth at rem64@cornell.edu if you'd like more details. 

Resilience During COVID

Blog post written by Ruth Merle-Doyle

My Mom had embraced the term “pull yourself up by your boot straps” in many aspects of her life, even when her life was most challenging and she was fighting pancreatic cancer. She forged ahead in ways that I could not understand, and it worked for her. I have discovered, however, that it does not work for me, and at times, makes me question my own resilience. As Cornell Wellness embarks on a fall semester of assisting the Cornell Community in building resilience throughout the COVID pandemic, I have taken some time to explore this topic and I wanted to share some resources and tips that stood out.

Resilience is often defined as being able to “bounce back” during challenging, stressful times. You can find resources on resilience, specifically how to build your resilience, in reputable articles from the American Psychological Association and Psychology Today, even recently in Forbes. We are all born with a vast potential for resilience. As we grow and live through life’s experiences from children to adults, we gain a sort of ability to use our resilience when life gets hard. And resilience changes with what we have going on in our lives, sometimes overflowing (like when we are rock stars at self-care) and sometimes depleted (like potentially during a global pandemic.) Most interesting is the concept of a “resilience bank,” much like a savings bank, where we can save for the moments we need our most resilient selves. To build up that resilience bank, taking care of your physical, mental and emotional self, often referred to as self-care, seems to be consistently on this list. 

If you are wanting to build up that resilience bank, here are some things to keep in mind....To read about things to keep in mind and the full blog posts, visit Wellness' Blog page.

Let's Meditate With Wellness 

  • Thursdays, 9-9:30am, running September 17-October 15 w/Kerry Howell running October 22-November 19 w/Ruth Merle-Doyle
  • Provided live through Zoom 
  • Register here for these Thursday sessions

Join these 30 minute weekly guided mindfulness meditation sessions facilitated by Kerry Howell, Cornell Wellness staff, live through Zoom. Sit with your eyes closed in a comfortable space while you are led through a meditation designed to enhance your mindfulness through focusing on the breath and bringing calmness to the distracted mind. These sessions are perfect for the beginner up to the advanced. There are many facilitators providing guided meditations through Cornell Health's Let's Meditate program. See a full listing of all of these virtual meditations on Cornell Health's Let's Meditate website

Golden Orb Meditation

  • Tuesday, September 29 from 12:00-12:30pm
  • Provided live through Zoom
  • Register here

Take a break from your day and dive a little deeper into the visual world of meditation. Allow your mind to slow and explore, while the body finds relaxation and comfort.

Join Keri Johnson, Cornell Wellness staff, for a moment of Zen. 

Kick-Start To Mindfulness Practice

  • Virtual, zoom workshop meetings
  • 30-minute workshops build on each other every Tuesday at 1:00pm, October 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Register here for this workshop

This kick-start workshop is good fit for anyone who is interested in mindfulness or meditation but maybe too scared, too busy or perhaps too skeptical to try. Ruth from Wellness will lead you through exploring different methods of mindfulness like breath work, guided relaxation, listening mediation and more. During this pandemic, if you are looking for tools to bring a little sliver of peace to any moment of your day, then this is the workshop for you. Workshop size is 20 people. Contact Ruth at rem64@cornell.edu if you'd like more details.

Meditation: Removing Obstacles

  • Thursday, October 15 from 1:00-2:00pm
  • Provided live through Zoom
  • Register here

Are there things standing in your way? Are there forces you can't control that are holding you back? Is there too much pressure on you during this time in your life?

Join Keri Johnson, Cornell Wellness staff, to help you navigate removing the unnecessary pressures from your life. Learn to cope with what you can't control, and move forward from the things that you can, through meditation.

Meditation: Learning To Slow The Mind

  • Tuesday, October 20 from 3:00-3:45pm
  • Provided live through Zoom
  • Register here

This is an introductory session to learn the basics of mindfulness meditation, and try a few practice sessions, so that you feel more comfortable bringing mindfulness meditation into your life. This session is brought to you by Keri Johnson, Cornell Wellness staff.

Positivity: Reworking The Mind For A More Optimistic Thought Process

  • Thursday, October 29 from 12:00-1:00pm
  • Provided live through Zoom
  • Register here

Have you always wanted to be the glass is half full kind of person?! Learn the tricks of the positive person, and how to incorporate them into your life, so you too, can look at life on the brighter side. Spend an hour with Keri Johnson, Wellness & Fitness Specialist, and put a little more positivity into your day!

Take A Breath Drop-In Sessions

  • Mondays at 1:00pm, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14
  • Register here for these sessions.

Take a moment in your day to breathe, let the mind still and enjoy some physical relaxation. Join Ruth from Wellness for drop-in mindfulness meditation sessions. Contact Ruth at rem64@cornell.edu for more details. 

Coping With Intensity

  • Thursday, November 26 from 12:00-1:00pm
  • Provided live through Zoom
  • Register here

Life gets hard, how do you handle it? We'll go over the best practices of how to manage when life isn't ideal. Especially in the heat of it all. Hosted by Wellness & Fitness Specialist, Keri Johnson.

Mental Wellness Challenge

Spend the next eleven days focusing on bringing more mental wellness into your day. Each day, you'll be given and activity or experience to try, that will help you be more positive, healthy and resilient. Complete all eleven days to explore the meaning of mental wellness.

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