Summer Institute 2015
Workshop:The Practice of Mindfulness As We Prepare In Emergency Situations
Presented by: Diana T. Durso, LCSW-R & Marianne Buttenschon, Ed.D.
Location: IT117
Time: Thursday, August 18 10:15am
Max number of participants: 40

Mindfulness is the practice of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present time which can be developed through the practice of meditation. If we can remain in the present, life isn’t so harsh. Most of our stress comes from the thinking of the past or future. If we can remain in the present life isn’t so harsh. Most recently we have seen various terrorist attacks have shattered our quotidian lives: the anthrax threats that occurred shortly after 9/11 in the alter part of 2001, and more recently, the Boston Marathon bombing; the Paris terrorist attacks; followed close behind by the San Bernardino, CA, shootings. We now live in a world where the terrorist organizations of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab, and Boko Haram, to name a few, dominate our headlines. Our troubled world has made critical the need for us to be prepared for emergency situations. The concern is when being prepared becomes overwhelming and we are stunned by the past and what could be in the future. This results in us not being able to focus on how to adequately prepare for future emergency situations.

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