Starting October 19, CSC and our partners will host virtual drop-in meditations every Monday beginning at 7:50am ET. These five-minute sessions will be open to the UVA community and anyone else who is interested in pausing, particularly at this very stressful and often lonely time, to cultivate mindfulness, compassion, resilience, and a sense of belonging with others so inclined.
Each week a different instructor, practitioner, or UVA community leader will guide the meditation or moment of reflection. We were honored that Dean Ian H. Solomon
of UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy led our first session. A schedule of facilitators through November 9 is provided below
. Stay tuned for further updates.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on the well-being of all members of our community, it is even more crucial that we continue to find regular moments of peace, reflection, and contemplative connection with each other.
This series is a continuation of the student-inspired Virtual Meditation on the Lawn
held this spring, an event that in turn was inspired by the 2013 in-person meditation on the lawn
featuring Deepak Chopra and Arianna Huffington. CSC plans to explore additional extensions of this virtual meditation program over time, including making it daily (Monday through Friday), offering some longer meditation sessions, and offering sessions focused on specific topics and private groups.
Please contact us
if you have any questions about this or any of our events or if you would like CSC’s assistance in organizing private guided meditations for a specific community or organization.
Event partners include Compassionate Care Initiative, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), FEAP, Hoos Well, Student Affairs
, and UVA Clubs
SCHEDULE (in progress)
Oct 19 - Ian H. Solomon, Dean, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
Oct 26 - Lili Powell, Associate Professor, Darden School of Business, Kluge Endowed Chair, School of Nursing
Nov 2 - David Germano, Executive Director, Contemplative Sciences Center
Nov 9 - Nicole Ruzek, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
TIPS FOR BEGINNER MEDITATORS can be found HERE.
You'll find general tips for practicing meditation. Additions or adjustments to these guidelines may apply to specific meditation practices and may be provided by individual contemplative instructors leading a particular practice.