Mindfulness Club

Our Purpose:

Mindfulness Club aims to offer students, faculty, and community a space of relaxation and attention training, as well as, making friends with people who are interested in contemplative practices. We offer Mindfulness Workshops, invite Guest Speakers, sponsor different Student Club events, and collaborate with VAPA, CETL, FIG, and different on-campus Departments for interdisciplinary works. 

 

Events:


Club Advisors:

Dr. Joanne Chang - jchang@qcc.cuny.edu

Dr. Rezan Akpinar - rakpinar@qcc.cuny.edu

QCC Thrive Series Events

Combining Mindfulness, Wellness and Community for Joyful Living


Forging an Ethical Path for Secular Mindfulness

Sponsored by: Mindfulness Club and the Music Department

Date: Friday, February 19, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Watch Forging an Ethical Path for Secular Mindfulness event

Description:
Speaker: Dr. Frank Diaz, Ph.D.

What is mindfulness? While it has become a household name, not all agree on its meaning. In his talk, Psychology, Ethics, and Spirituality - Unraveling the Knots of Mindfulness, Diaz, a scholar and teacher in the field of contemplative science, will illuminate the similarities and differences between Buddhist and contemporary psychological framings of mindfulness and suggest an ethical path forward for studying and applying mindfulness in secular settings.

Dr. Frank Diaz is a Professor at the Indiana Univeristy Jacobs School of Music, affiliate faculty for the IU Cognitive Science Program, and Founder and Director of the Insititute for MIndfulness-Based Wellness and Pedagogy. He teaches meditative practices across the United States, and media outlets, such as CNN, NPR, Science Daily, and Huffpost have featured his work. Join us and unravel the nuances of modern mindfulness!


Stress and Anxiety: Beneficial or Destructive?

Sponsored by: Mindfulness Club, Health, Physical Education and Dance Department, and the Office of Student Activities

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Register for the Stress and Anxiety: Beneficial or Destructive? event

Speaker: Dr. Rezan Akpinar, Ph.D.

Description:

Featuring Dr. Rezan Akpinar of Heath, Physical Education, and Dance Department. Stress and Anxiety: Beneficial or Destructive? While stress and anxiety in moderation are sometimes necessary for our daily work routines and general survival, when levels of stress or anxiety fluctuate to extremes in either direction, they can become a constraint to our emotional progression, and inhibit our enjoyment of life. A prolonged fluctuation in a peron's level of anxiety or stress can even manifest physical ailments if gone untreated. In our Presentation, we will explore the effects of stress and anxiety on the body-mind complex, and go over self-care techniques, including acupressure and breathing to take back control of the levels of stress and anxiety we produce.

Additionally, we will explore the benefits these techniques can have on a student's academic career, ranging from a more effective test-taking mind set to the positive change these techniques can have on time management and social routines. If attending this event, wear comfortable clothing, and try to attend from a calm and quiet space.


Gratitude Journaling Event

Sponsored by: Creative Writing Club, Mindfulness Club, and the Office of Student Activities

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Register for the Gratitude Journaling Event

Speakers: Prof. Benjamin Miller and Prof. Alison Crimino

Description:

...Long as the sea. I'm more than a conqueror, bigger Than bravery, I don't march. I'm the one who leaps from "Crossing." from Jericho Brown.

...I can't help thinking no word will ever be as full of life as this world, I can't help thinking of thanks. from "Slant" by Suju Kwovk Kim.

What is gratitude practice? How do I journal and create a gratitude journal, and why might I want to? These are questions we will explore in this Gratitude Jounaling Event. Please join us as we practice different ways of creating gratitude journals and share our thoughts in a friendly space. We will explore some approaches to gratitude practice and read poems that touch our gratitude as well. Please join the Creative Writing Club as we explore this practice and share our thoughts in this community event.


Healthy Life Balance: Yoga and Meditation

Sponsored by: Mindfulness Club, Health, Physical Education and Dance Department, and the Office of Student Activities

Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Register for the Healthy Life Balance: Yoga and Meditation event

Speaker: Dr. Andrea Salis, Ph.D.

Description:

Featuring Dr. Andrea Salis, from the Health, Physical Education, and Dance Department. This session will provide a personal exploration and introduction to creating a healthy life balance. Basic yoga and meditative practices will be demonstrated. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing.


Art & Mind

Sponsored by: Mindfulness Club, Art and Design Department, and the Office of Student Activities

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Register for the Art & Mind event

Speaker: Prof. Susan Gonzalez

Description:

Featuring Professor Susan Gonzalez from the Art and Design Department, for this session we will define mindfulness and see how it can be used with art as a tool to alleviate stress. We will practice different exercises combining mindfulness and art. These exercises are simple and easy and can be used anywhere. You will need five pieces of paper and a pen or pencil or marker.


Peacebuilding Through Awareness and Improvisation - Part 1

Sponsored by: Mindfulness Club, Transformative Learning in the Humanities at the City University of New York (CUNY), the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC), the Office of Student Activities "Thrive Series", and the QCC Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VAPA)

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021 - 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST

Register for Peacebuilding Through Awareness and Improvisation - Part 1

Speakers: Facilitators include members of the QCC's Student and Alumni Practice Group, including Jessica Kreisler and Yineng Ye, Global Citizenship Alumni; Arawana Hayashi, Creator of Social Presencing Theatre; Manish Srivastava, a Global Facilitator whose Projects include Partnering with U.N. Agencies and N.G.O. Sectors; and CUNY Faculty members: Heather Huggins, Advanced Practioner of STP and Assistant Professor of Theatre; Aviva Geismar, Associate Professor of Dance.

Description:

Social Presencing Theatre (SPT) decolonizes learning by reclaiming the body as an equitable way of knowing and being. SPT centers first-person experience via a improvisational and cyclical process, inviting participants to perceive a larger present. Because SPT is practiced in community, it positions our relational spaces and the distinct cultures that emerge from them, as worthy reflection and development. The "theatre" in SPT refers to a shared place where something of significance is made visible.

The first Virtual Event is a Webinar, Co-Presented with Queensborough Community College's Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC). Facilitators will guide awareness and listening practices that may be enacted in a chair with limited space. Attendees will learn about a Workshop on "Empathy to Action," which CUNY students developed in Partnership with the KHC last year. Facilitators will also share about their experiences integrating SPT in local and global context, reflecting on the potential of SPT to transform intransigent problems. or

The second Event invites attendees to immerse in the Practices of Social Presencing Theatre. Click here to Register Part 2, scheduled on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST.

Register for Peacebuilding Through Awareness and Improvisation - Part 2


The Brain Dance: Integrating Mind and Body to Facilitate Focus

Sponsored by: Mindfulness Club, Health, Physical Education and Dance Department, and the Office of Student Activities

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Register for The Brain Dance: Integrating Mind and Body to Facilitate Focus

Speaker: Prof. Nicole Y. McClum, MFA, CMA

Description:

Featuring Nicole Y. McClum (MFA, CMA) of the Health, Phycial Educaiton and Dance Department. The brain dance is a sequence composed of fundamental movement patterns and is adaptable for many types of movers. When performed in their prescribed order, it is a centering-tool to prepare the brain and body for mental activity and a recuperation or refocusing tool after sitting for long periods of time. Because when we look at screens, we go into ocular lock staring with no movement in our oxygenate our brains. Staring at screens for long periods of time can lead to difficulty and physical discomfort. In addition to leading participants through the Brain Dance, Nicole will explain the parts of the sequence and give participants the tools to create their own brain dance.


Music Without Borders: A Pianist Journey with Mindfulness

Sponsored by: Mindfulness Club, Tzu Chi Center, Music Department, and the Office of Student Activities

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Watch Music Without Borders: A Pianist Journey with Mindfulness

Speaker: Dr. Joanne Chang, Ph.D.

Description:

Music arranged for piano solo from French Impressionism and 19th Century German classic songs based on two sets of poems, and Argentinian Tango by a New Yorker and Ragtime by a black female composer from the 20th Century will be performed. Mindful listening, appreciation, and connection with poetry, racial/gender issues, as well as, compassion will be shared.

Featuring Dr. Joanne Chang, the New York-based classical pianist has performed extensively worldwide on five continents as a recitalist, solo with orchestras, and in various chamber music ensembles. In 1995, she gave her recital debut in Australia, and subsequently performed at Die Stiftung Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, as well as, at major Concert Halls in the United Kingdom, Taiwan, China, Switzerland, South Africa, United States, and at the prestigious Carnegie Zankel & Weill Halls in New York City.

Dr. Chang has also established herself as an interdisciplinary researcher (music and psychology). She has a few publicaitons in scientific peer-reviewed journals, such as, Psychology of Music, Medical Problems for Performing Artists, and Journal of Performance and Mindfulness.

Currently, Dr. Joanne Chang is a Professor at Queensboroug Community College of the City University of New York.


Mindfulness and Discipline - Balancing our Activities of Daily Life

Sponsored by: Mindfulness Club, Psychology Club, and Office of Student Activities

Date: Friday, April 9, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Register for Mindfulness and Discipline - Balancing our Activities of Daily Life

Speaker: David Listen

Description:

"Mindfulness" is often associated with sitting meditation, focus, calming, concentration, or a passive awareness of feelings and thoughts. Mindfulness in a deeper sense is awareness of the causes and effects our behavior of our body, speech, and mind amid our daily life activities. With awareness of our human condition comes an ability to skillfully arrange our activities in a manner of which, we wisely and compassionately engage with our environment and other people. David will share his experience of how to use mindfulness to understand our mind and thus balance our daily life activities.

For the past 15 years, David Listen has trained in the Chan/Zen tradition of meditation and mindful way of life. For 11 of those years he was a monk, living a life of discipline and service and mentoring people along their path of self-exploration. David Listen traveled around the world and studied closely with Zen masters, leading and engaging in numerous meditation retreats, group coaching, and one-on-one mentoring.


Mindfulness Oriented Psychotherapy

Sponsored by: Mindfulness Club, Psychology Club, and the Office of Student Activities

Date: Friday, April 16, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Register to attend Mindfulness Oriented Psychotherapy

Speaker: Dr. Peter Lin, Ph.D.

Description:

In the past several decades, mindfulness training has been increasingly integrated into Western psychotherapy practice. The number of articles published on mindfulness-based intervention has increased enormously in recent years. This Presentation will explore different aspects of mindfulness training, especially its clinical purpose.

Event featuring Dr. Peter Lin, Associate Chair, and Professor at St. Joseph's College. Dr. Peter Lin is a licensed Psychologist who specialized in mindful-oriented psychotherapy. He received an M.S. in Biostatistics from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) from Yeshiva University (Ferkauf Graduate School & Einstein School of Medicine). Workshop will explore the role of mindfulness in psychotherapy.


Peacebuilding Through Awareness and Improvisation - Part 2

Sponsored by: Mindfulness Club, Transformative Learning in the Humanities in the City University of New York (CUNY), the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC), the Office of Student Activities "Thrive Series", QCC Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VAPA)

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST

Register for Peacebuilding Through Awareness and Improvisation - Part 2

Speakers: Facilitators include Members of the QCC's Students of the Alumni and Practice Group, including Jessica Keisler and Yineng Ye, Global Citizenship Alliance Alumni; Arawana Hayashi, Creator of Social Presencing Theatre; Manish Srivastava, a Global Facilitator whose Projects include U.N. Agencies and N.G.O. Sectors; and CUNY Faculty members: Heather Huggins, Advanced Practioner of STP and Assistant Professor of Theatre; Aviva Geismar, Associate Professor of Dance.

Description:

Social Presencing Theatre (SPT) decolonizes learning by reclaiming the body as an equitable way of knowing and being. SPT centers first-person experience via an improvisational and cyclical process, inviting participants to perceive a large present. Because SPT is practiced in community, it positions our relational spaces, and the distinct cultures that emerge from them, as worth reflection and development. The "theatre" in SPT refers to a shared place where something of significance is made visible.

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