In a world filled with smart phones, social media, on-demand video, and a seemingly never-ending stream of notifications, it is easy for one to feel overwhelmed and anxious due to overstimulation. In the face of this technological deluge, it is necessary to learn to connect deeply with others on an interpersonal level and not only establish, but also maintain and sustain meaningful relationships. To do so requires us to learn how to resist distraction. The four modules of this course—self-awareness, resilience, savoring, and connection—all focus on how to cultivate mindful presence and use mindfulness as a means of addressing many of the most pressing interpersonal issues brought about by life within the age of distraction. Using experiential learning, students will engage in weekly activities designed to heighten self-awareness, sharpen observational skills, hone listening ability, and learn to fully appreciate life’s moments with others as they occur.
Field WorkCountry: Croatia
Date: October 6, 2019
This field class takes advantage of one of the most picturesque port cities in Southern Europe to guide students through several activities, each of which develops the individual facets of mindful presence. Students will walk the city walls as they confront their sense of urgency, explore a cathedral to focus on discovery of the details of the moment, savor a meal at a café, and sharpen the five senses by the sea.
• Explore the intricacies of each of the four facets of mindful presence: awareness, present-centering, discovery of novelty, and suspension of judgment
• Develop an understanding of individual strengths and opportunities for improvement as well as what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to developing, nurturing, and sustaining mindful presence.
• Increase awareness of the barriers to mindful presence