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Mindful CNM Community

A “Mindful CNM Community” is a faculty-led effort to improve the overall quality of campus life by making mindfulness an integral part of learning and teaching at Central New Mexico Community College.

Mindfulness & Brain Health Events

Open to students, faculty, staff and the community.

Fall Term Practice Hours
Day: Tuesdays (through 12/4)
Time: 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Where: Main Campus, Richard Barr Room (SRC 204) 

Spring Term Practice Hours
TBA

How Mindfulness Can Help

The term “mindfulness” refers to the practice of focusing attention on the present moment without judgment. Recently, neuroscientists and others in the scientific community have discovered that a consistent mindfulness practice impacts the entire nervous system.

Get Involved!

If you're interested in finding out more about a Mindful CNM Community, contact:

Beth Giebus-Chavez
bgiebus@cnm.edu

Melissa Franklin
mfranklin9@cnm.edu

There is rigorous, peer-reviewed research (Schoeberlein & Sheth) showing that a consistent practice can:

  • Alleviate stress
  • Boost immunity
  • Improve working memory and age-related cognitive decline
  • Lessen anxiety
  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Increase ability to concentrate
  • Prevent insomnia
  • Improve creativity

Research on applications of mindfulness to education shows that mindfulness can also create a cooperative, more engaged learning community—benefiting students and educators alike.  As Deborah V. Collins points out in “Mindfulness: A Case for Community Colleges” in the November 24, 2014 issue of Community College Week:

"Community colleges have long been noted as innovators and leaders. A serious foray into mindfulness and what it can do to help support our students, our employees, each other, and our community is a cost effective venture that could provide enormous returns."

Join us in envisioning a “Mindful CNM Community” by attending upcoming workshops, weekly classes, and online events!

Mindfulness and Brain Health

Brain Health & Mindfulness reflects exploration of a very human dilemma, practicing self-awareness, or mindfulness, in opposition to our default brain and body physiology, including life history patterns from a broad sense. No religious or formal spirituality, instead a distillation of practices across any and all approaches.

The Brain Health & Mindfulness Practice Hour

The mindfulness sessions involve practice with standing and slow movement that draws attention into the state of the body, stretching and quieting muscles – which ultimately is the ‘back door’ to quieting mind chatter. Sessions will also provide outside experts, via Internet access, to inspire us. We will explore a different method each week in bite-sized form geared to the CNM environment and hopefully useful beyond it.