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Friday, October 13, 2017


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From:  Dr. Ryan J. Androsiglio, Baruch College Counseling Center

The Office of Health & Wellness and the Baruch College Counseling Center (as part of COPES; Community Outreach Psychological Education Series) are hosting a series of workshops on Mindfulness Meditation. These will be held every two weeks on Tuesdays during the fall, in NVC 3-240, from 1pm-2pm, beginning next Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I can personally attest to the importance of having a daily mindfulness practice and point to the growing body of research that demonstrates the immense mental and physical health benefits, but I think Jon Kabat-Zinn (professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and author) puts it well:  

"So meditation is both nothing at all – because there is no place to go and nothing to do – and simultaneously the hardest work in the world, because our mindlessness habit is so strongly developed and resistant to being seen and dismantled through our awareness. And it does require method and technique and effort to develop and refine our capacity for awareness so that it can tame the unruly qualities of the mind.

Everybody I have ever met who has gotten into the practice of mindfulness has expressed the feeling to me, usually when things are at their absolute worst, that they couldn't imagine what they would have done without the practice. It is that simple really. And that deep. Once you practice, you know what they mean. If you don't practice, there is no way to know."

Psychology, neuroscience, and medical research are all uncovering the vast benefits of mindfulness meditation practice that have been articulated in ancient traditions for thousands of years. Specific to depression, for example, researchers found that participation in a mindfulness program prevented the recurrence of depressive episodes to the same degree that continuing on anti-depressant medication did. Another study showed significant differences in left- and right-prefrontal cortex activity among trained meditators when compared to untrained controls.

Mindfulness, although it sounds as simple as having a habit of paying attention to the present moment, is actually the hardest thing to do because of how deeply ingrained our habits of mindLESSness are. Having a mindfulness practice can help anyone shift their relationship with their thoughts/feelings, such that the problematic ones have less power and we become less likely to get caught up in them. It’s only when we make a habit of paying attention to the present, that we realize how little time we spend there, and how much time we spend running toward or away from the future or the past, which is where anxiety and depression reside.

Join us and take just one hour out of your week to meditate in a community of learners. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome! If you’ve never meditated before, now is a great time to start, and with us is a great place to do it.

Please share this information with students and colleagues, this offering is open to all Baruch community members and appropriate for those with any level of experience with meditation.


Thank you!

Ryan J. Androsiglio, PhD

Licensed Psychologist & Outreach Associate

Baruch College Counseling Center

137 East 25th Street, 9th Floor