Mindfulness Study Break Opportunities Begin This Week

Studies show meditation helps you relax and focus your attention. The Law Library is hosting a series of meditation study breaks this week and during finals period. The U.Va. Mindfulness Center is guiding the first study break meditation this Wednesday (April 23), at 3:45 in the Law Library’s Klaus Room (second floor). No sign-up necessary, just come on by.

The finals period meditation study breaks will be in the Library’s first floor Oasis Room (the McBeal group study room near the Caplin Reading Room). The Oasis Room will be available throughout finals period (starting this Friday) as a space for you to retreat away from your books, outlining, and papers.  It will have meditation cushions, yoga mats, and guided meditation CDs to help you take some deep breaths, relax, and re-focus.

All are welcome to the meditation study breaks, no sign-up necessary, just come on by. Here’s a schedule:

  • Mindful minute study-break: Focus your study energy. Studies show meditation improves memory and focuses attention. Start your finals period with a 10-minute guided meditation in the Oasis Room on the Library’s first floor. Fri., April 25, 3:30pm. 
  • Mindful minute study-break: Beach, rainforest, open fields . . . anywhere but here! Want to get away from the outlining, the practice exams, the research paper footnotes? Travel around the world in a 10-minute meditation on restful nature sounds. Library, first floor Oasis Room, Mon., April 28, 3:30pm. 
  • Mindful minute study-break: Exercise your right to relaxCongratulations First-Years – you’ve checked constitutional law off your list for the semester. Rejuvenate in the Library’s first floor Oasis Room with a 10-minute guided relaxation meditation. Wed., April 30, 11am.   
  • Mindful minute study-break: Stop and smell the flowers. Spies Garden is in full bloom, the perfect place to spend 15 minutes to reconnect with the smells, colors, sounds, and warm feel of Spring. Meet in the Oasis Room on the Library’s first floor and we’ll head to the courtyard for a short walking meditation. Fri., May 2, 3:30pm. 
  • Mindful minute study-break: Tea and Sympathy.  If this homestretch of finals period is feeling like Mile 22 of a marathon, show yourself some compassion and come commiserate with others in the Oasis Room. We’ll listen to a 10-minute guided meditation on being kind to yourself. Free iced tea & cookies, too! Tues., May 6, 3:30pm.  

– Kristin Glover 

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Congressman Tim Ryan on “The Quiet Revolution,” This Friday

Congressman Tim Ryan Talk: “The Quiet Revolution: How Mindfulness is Transforming Our Country”

Friday at noon, Main Grounds (Nau Hall Auditorium)

Congressman Tim Ryan has represented Ohio in Congress for more than a decade. He believes that people, our country’s leaders included, can use mindfulness and meditation to improve our lives and communities. He will speak on Main Grounds as part of the UVA Contemplative Science Center’s speaker series.

Check out Congressman Ryan’s 2012 book A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit in the Law Library’s Klaus Room mindfulness collection. 

– Kristin Glover  

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(Stress) Free Lunch! Tuesday in WB152

SBA Wellness Week’s Mindfulness Lunch Hour, Tuesday, 12:15-1:15 (WB152)

What better way to transition back after Spring Break than a free lunch and tips on how to stay relaxed?! As part of SBA’s Wellness Week, a U.Va. Mindfulness Center expert will present time-tested tools for staying calm, balanced, and on top of your game no matter what classes, work, and life send your way. Everyone is welcome, no pre-registration required. 

– Kristin Glover 

 

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Party with Books! Virginia Festival of the Book, March 19-23

Love to read? Love to read things other than cases and codes every once in a while?! Check out Charlottesville’s Festival of the Book events on campus and around town starting this Wednesday, March 19. For twenty years the Festival has been bringing great authors from around the world to our doorstep to tell us stories – ones they’ve written and ones about what they’ve written. Most of the events are free, no pre-registration required. 

Getting caught up on your Crim Pro casebook reading? Supplement it with the Festival event with authors of historical thriller books. Take a Saturday afternoon stroll to the downtown mall to hear about “Hell on Heels: Bad Girls, Feminism, and Rebellion in Romance Fiction”. If you’re looking for a study break & breath of fresh air, check out the many Festival events just down the hill at the Barnes & Noble at Barracks Road, including a panel on protest movement memoirs and one on writing about climate change.  

– Kristin Glover 

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The Mindful Revolution and the Practice of Law (Feb. 6)

Time magazine says “The Mindful Revolution” has begun! * 

What does this mean for lawyers and the practice of law? Rhonda Magee will explore this question in depth in her upcoming presentation, “Wise Warrior, Peacemaker, Healer of Broken Systems: Contemplative Approaches to Law, Lawyering, and Social Justice,” Thursday, February 6 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Purcell Reading Room (a.k.a., “The Fishbowl”).

U.Va. Law graduate Rhonda Magee ’93, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, is a leader in scholarly and hands-on work to humanize legal education and the practice of law. Professor Magee will talk about mindfulness and meditation as powerful tools for exploring our intentions to learn the law, advocate for clients, and improve our justice system as law students and attorneys. All are welcome to attend. You can register ahead of time on the U.Va. Contemplative Sciences Center’s website, or feel free to just come on by. If you are interested in chatting with Professor Magee in a small group about her path from U.Va. Law to law practice and her current work, email Kristin in the Library.

To learn more about the mindfulness and meditation tools Professor Magee will talk about, sign up to participate in the Introduction to Mindfulness workshop that the U.Va. Mindfulness Center is offering at the Law School this Spring. The workshop begins February 5, and will meet Wednesdays 3:45-4:45 until April. Email Kristin in the Library now to enroll for free.

– Kristin Glover   

*The Feb. 3 issue is available in the “mindfulness” collection in the Klaus Room.

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How to Have Real Happiness at Work: Friday, January 24, Noon

If summer and post-graduation jobs are on your mind, here is a chance to learn mindful meditation tools that can boost your job satisfaction. The U.Va. Contemplative Sciences Center is hosting a talk and guided meditation with nationally renowned mindful meditation scholar, best-selling author, and meditation instructor Sharon Salzberg. You can check out her New York Times best-selling book Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation (a 28-day program) in the Law Library’s mindfulness collection in the Klaus Room on the second floor.  

– Kristin Glover    

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Introduction to Mindfulness for Law Students: Real Tools for Balancing School/Work/Life, Communicating, & Focusing

Date: Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45, February 5-April 2 (no meeting during Spring Break)

Where: Law School

Mindful lawyering is catching on in law schools and law practices across the country. Students and attorneys report that mindful meditation helps them focus, manage stress, communicate with colleagues and clients, and makes them happier overall. The University of Virginia’s Mindfulness Center has developed a workshop especially to introduce U.Va. law students to mindfulness & meditation tools. In each one-hour session of the 8-week workshop, Mindfulness Center instructors will give step-by-step introductions to tools like stress-reducing meditation, mindful listening, and mindful eating. This is an introductory workshop – students without any prior experience or knowledge of mindfulness and meditation are encouraged to participate (as are students with prior experience)! Sessions include instruction, practice, & group discussion. The workshop is designed to give you mindfulness and meditation tools you can immediately apply to your everyday life, and continue to use and develop after the workshop ends. The series will meet on Wednesday afternoons, 3:45-4:45, beginning February 5 until the first week of April (no meeting during Spring Break). Enrollment is open to 30 students. Participation boosts your benefits from the workshop, so participants should commit to attending all eight sessions. The Library is offering the workshop free of charge to students. To enroll, email Kristin Glover in the Law Library at klg3n@virginia.edu beginning Friday, January 17. Also email Kristin with any questions you have. For a preview of the workshop, check out the materials from last Fall’s workshop on display in the Library’s Klaus Room mindfulness collection. 

– Kristin Glover 

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Oh, D.E.A.R.! (Drop Everything And Relax): Step Into the Law Library Oasis Room!

Finals and seminar papers are stressful. The Law Library invites you to Drop Everything And Relax in our Oasis Room, specially designed for taking a peaceful breather from finals studying.  Do you want…

  • A few minutes to curl up on a cushion & take some deep breathes? Head to the Oasis! It has cushions, blankets, & soothing lamp-lighting.
  • A few minutes to reduce stress by meditating?  Head to the Oasis!  It has guided meditations on CD. 
  • Don’t know what meditation is but curious to find out a bit about it? The Oasis has resources explaining mindful meditation & how to use it as a simple tool to reduce stress.
  • A few minutes to stretch? Head to the Oasis! It has yoga mats.

Make your way to the Oasis through the Caplin Reading Room on the Library’s first floor; it’s the second door on the left (the McBeal study room).

– Kristin Glover 

 

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Oh, D.E.A.R.! (Drop Everything And Relax): Law Library Finals Study Break Meditations

Finals and seminar papers are stressful. The Law Library invites you to take a few minutes to Drop Everything And Relax. Revitalize by dropping in on one (or all!) of these short, study break guided meditations. No need to pre-register, just come on in. They’re guaranteed to revitalize you, make you more productive, & to bring about world peace (well, maybe two out of three):

  • Friday, December 6, 2-2:45pm Klaus Room
  • Tuesday, December 10, 11:30am-noon Klaus Room
  • Friday, December 13, 2-2:45pm Klaus Room
  • Tuesday, December 17, 11:30am-noon Klaus Room

– Kristin Glover 

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Too Much Stress? Just Say, “Oh, D.E.A.R.!”

With all of its looming deadlines for legal research and writing memos, seminar papers, and outlining for finals, November can feel pretty tight. If end-of-semester pressure has you stressed, the Law Library invites you to simply stop and say, “Oh, D.E.A.R.!” (“Drop Everything And Relax!”). Our first “Oh, D.E.A.R.” session is this Thursday, November 14 at noon. There’s no need to register in advance. Just rise from your study table and walk a few steps to the Library’s Klaus Room. There you’ll enjoy a relaxing and revitalizing 45-minute guided meditation. The Law Library will offer additional “Oh, D.E.A.R.” sessions throughout the reading and exam period.Find out how you can be happier, more productive, and bring about world peace (or at least two out of three) just by saying, “Oh, D.E.A.R.!”

– Kristin Glover 

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