#BeWellCCESC Newsletter

January 2020

A Focus on Mindfulness

The CCESC Wellness Committee has been meeting periodically to develop a program for all employees to utilize. Based on a staff survey completed in October 2019, employees indicated that mindfulness was among the top three interest areas related to wellness. This newsletter focuses on connecting you to resources about mindfulness. We hope that you'll read through for your personal benefit and for those around you - students, colleagues, friends and family. #BeWellCCESC

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Keepin' it Real

For some, mindfulness is a new concept to be explored. It doesn't have to be a daily practice or expensive. You can simply practice mindfulness on a walk while enjoying nature. You can also practice mindful eating while you savor the food you eat at any meal. Just open your mind to the possibilities.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.


Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.


Though it has its roots in Buddhist meditation, a secular practice of mindfulness has entered the American mainstream in recent years, in part through the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, which he launched at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since that time, thousands of studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in general and MBSR in particular, inspiring countless programs to adapt the MBSR model for schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans centers, and beyond.


Source: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition

Mindfulness Quiz

How mindful are you? Learn more by taking this quick quiz offered by Greater Good Magazine.


Source: Cardaciotto, L., Herbert, J. D., Forman, E. M., Moitra, E., & Farrow, V. (2008). “The Assessment of Present-Moment Awareness and Acceptance: The Philadelphia Mindfulness Scale.” Assessment, 15 (2), 204-223.

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This e-newsletter is joyfully prepared by the CCESC Wellness Committee for our colleagues.


#BeWellCCESC Committee

Kris Farnoly, Marc Mucci, Lori Perlow, Elizabeth Racobaldo, Kathleen Richter, Patricia Russo ​