Intro to Mindfulness 6 Week Course
by Gil Fronsdal
This is a series of six talks that an experienced Zen monk gave a few years ago, each one aimed towards beginners interested in learning the mechanics and theory behind meditation. There are six talks total, designed to be listened to one per week, and each is paired with a series of exercises and homework assignments for those who want to start a daily practice. I really like Gil’s style because he breaks down the vague language that surrounds meditation into clear, concrete steps. He makes everything approachable.
Google Talks on Mindfulness
By Jon Kabat-Zinn
By Matthieu Ricard
By Richie Davidson
These are unrelated talks given by three research giants in mindfulness at Google’s headquarters. They lend a lot of scientific weight to the practice, and would probably connect with people who want to some hard, clinical evidence. Each talk is long, but incredibly interesting; Jon Kabbat-Zin highlights the feel and importance of the practice like a poet … incredible. Mattiew Ricard is molecular geneticist and Tibetan monk who details research on the most accomplished practitioners, which is pretty mindblowing. Richie Davidson is a psychologist who studies the neuroscience of compassion-practice in lay people. Each researcher is a PhD in a different field and have robust daily practices themselves.
I’ve never used it, but I’ve heard this is a great app for people who wanted to get started with a little extra help; tons of guided meditations and the ability to set daily reminders if need be.
Class of 2019 Wellness Representative
For the students that stay on campus late, I highly recommend that you call the MCV Safety Escort to give you a ride back. I know there has been some confusion with the Escort connected to the undergrad campus, so to clarify there is a separate service available for us that's connected to the hospital.
Hours: 5:00 pm to 8:00 am
FREE WEEKLY YOGA SESSIONS
held by the M2s (Michelle2 and Anita). They alternate between 7am and 5pm session, held in MMEC 3-101. Updates are usually posted on the Facebook Class of 2019 group.
WEEKLY MEDITATION SESSIONS
headed by the Mindfulness in Medicine groups. They will be meeting in MMEC 7-101 every Wednesday from 12 PM-1 PM.
WEEKEND RUNNING RAMS
headed by our very own historian, Allan!
If you like to run or would like to try it out every once in a while, this is the group for you! We're just some med students from VCU who meet up on Sunday mornings to blow off energy where from a few miles to over 6 miles. We come in all speeds and distances (plus dogs), so come join! Check out our Facebook page here!
are free for students both at Larrick and the Cary Street Gym. You can sign up for a class 2 hours in advance here!