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Reflections on Resilience and Interconnection in 2020

We end 2020 with a reflection on a year of hardship and hope. Anthony DeMauro, associate director of Dalai Lama Fellows at the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia, shares his thoughts on the collective care vital to our resilience and interconnection during this holiday season–and far beyond it. Lifetime Learning wishes you […]

Health: A Mindful Approach

Melanie Brede, MS, RD, CEDRD, works as a registered dietitian in the Office of Health Promotion with the University of Virginia‘s Department of Student Health. She has adopted the Health At Every Size® (HAES®) philosophy into her work as a dietitian. Beyond assisting with general health and wellness, Brede specializes in other health related topics […]

Reading and Meditation

Written by John Lyons, Commonwealth Professor of French, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Each fall, thousands of excited, confused, worried, rushed first-year students arrive at the University, usually happy, but haunted by a distracting urgency.  It seems that everything has to be done at once and that a whole host of opportunities […]

5 Essential Reasons Why Mindfulness is a Leading Tool for Social Innovation

Written by Gretchen Ki Steidle. Steidle, founder and President of Global Grassroots, teaches an experiential course each J-Term on “Conscious Social Change”. Students learn mindfulness-based leadership practices for self-awareness and design a conscious social enterprise as a team. Steidle is the author of the new book Leading from Within: Conscious Social Change & Mindfulness for Social […]

A Different Kind of Thanksgiving Ritual

by Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN Tussi and John Kluge Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care Director, UVA Compassionate Care Initiative University of Virginia School of Nursing Adjunct Faculty, University of Virginia, Department of Religious Studies Author, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully With Serious & Life-Limiting Illness Through Mindfulness, Compassion, & Connectedness (New Harbinger, 2011) The […]