Mindfulness Series Part II - Gratitude: Developing a Mind of Appreciation

Mindfulness Series Part II - Gratitude: Developing a Mind of Appreciation

Sponsored by the SAIS Women's Alumnae Network NY and the Women of Hopkins NY

Join the SAIS Women's Alumnae Network (SWAN) NY for a three-part workshop to learn about different kinds of meditation and how they can positively impact your personal and professional life. These powerful tools can be incorporated into your daily routine, leading not only to greater personal well-being and satisfaction, but to a more connected, compassionate and thoughtful approach to the challenges we face in our world. 

SWAN NY is pleased to welcome instructor Abigail Somma (SAIS '02), who will lead us through a virtual meditation practice each week and share methods to apply these concepts to your daily work and life. Participants will have the chance to connect with other Hopkins alumni, both before and after the meditations, in breakout groups. 

This event will be presented on Zoom. A link will be shared with registrants in advance of the event.

Please, join us for Part I - The Body Scan: Tuning into the Body and Its Signals on February 4th and for Part III - Resilience: Cultivating Equanimity in the Face of Challenge on February 18th. You will need to register for each part of the series individually. Thank you! 

One simple definition of mindfulness is "being present" with whatever arises with a sense of kindness and curiosity. It sounds simple, but learning to settle and focus the mind can be extremely powerful. During the unprecedented challenges we face as a global community, many people are turning to mindfulness and other types of meditation as constructive tools for enhanced well-being and focus.

Multiple studies have shown that mindfulness and meditation support increased self-awareness, better ability to manage emotions and greater attention control. Long-term practitioners also report better decision-making and creativity, while employers claim that mindfulness programs lead to a more engaged and satisfied workforce. In recent years, mindfulness programs have become a staple in many companies. As of 2016, 22% of companies (including Google, Aetna, General Mills, LinkedIn, etc) had active programs and interest continues to rise. Mindfulness in the workplace has also made it into public institutions like the British Parliament, the US Congress and the Bhutanese Civil Service. 

Abigail (Abbie) Somma (SAIS '02)

Abigail Somma (Abbie) offers coaching and training in mindfulness and emotional intelligence. She works with individuals and organizations, optimizing results by creating more connected, engaged and creative workplaces. Ms. Somma has facilitated for groups in Vienna, New York, London and Bratislava, and has teacher-training certificates from the Nalanda Institute of Contemplative Science (NYC) and Search Inside Yourself (San Francisco). While she believes institutions have a role in promoting peace, she has come to believe that peace comes to the world one person at a time. Please find more information at www.themindfulgoods.com

 Event Date
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Start Time: 8:00am
End Time: 9:00am

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