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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness a practice that teaches us to fully present and engaged in each moment of our lives. We all have moments in our day where we all fully absorbed and present in what we are doing, e.g. fully engaged in a project at work, reading a book and getting lost in its story, or watching a good film.

It is one thing to be in the moment when we are doing something that we enjoy and something else to be present when we faced with a stressful and difficult situation. In these moments our mind can become flooded with thoughts.  This can result in worry, negative self-criticism, judgements and unhelpful reactions. In those moments mindfulness can be a helpful practice.  We notice that our mind has wandered off from the present moment. Then we gently and patiently direct our attention back to the present moment.

This practice also over time helps us notice when our mind has wandered off and in turn cultivates an attitude in which we pay attention to the present moment, as our life unfolds . Although we are often unaware of our train of thoughts, it has a profound effect on how we live our lives, as well on our mental and emotional health. With mindfulness we become better at paying attention, being more focused, more self-aware and less reactive. 

The Mindful Way at NUI Galway

In October 2015, NUI Galway stated its intention to become a Mindful University through supporting an initiative known as Mindful Way @ NUI Galway. A blueprint for creating a Mindful University does not currently exist, just the conviction and passion of those who believe this is a worthy endeavour. In 2016 a group of people came together to work towards achieving this worthy intention.  The group represents the NUI Galway community including administrators, students, academic teaching staff, academic researchers and the community. This group believes a Mindful University starts with the actual practice of Mindfulness, so encouraging the practice of Mindfulness among staff, students and members of the local community has become a priority.  Many attend weekly Mindful Shared Practice sessions on the main NUI Galway campus, as well as across many of our satellite campuses in Letterkenny, Sligo, Shannon as well as the University Hospital Galway.  This along with the annual Mindful Journeys Symposium, frequent guest speakers and other events, means  NUI Galway is at the heart of the practice of Mindfulness in Ireland and internationally. Arising from this is a growing interest in research in this field across all disciplines, along with a growing desire across disciplines to bring Mindfulness into classrooms and lecture halls.

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Shared Practice of Mindfulness - Staff & Students

Now during the pandemic of COVID, we live in a difficult time where our normal living, social and working environments have changed. This is a time where we can find ourselves taken by our thoughts and may have feelings of difficult emotions such as stress, worry, loneliness and uncertainty. In order to take care of ourselves during this time, mindfulness is a practice that help alleviate stress and difficult emotions. A Shared Practice of Mindfulness is now available to staff and students.

For staff and students this is available as a live audio on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8.15am.

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About Dr. Eva Flynn

Dr. Eva Flynn works as a lecturer in the Discipline of General Practice in the College of Medicine, Nursing and Life Sciences at NUI Galway since 2012. She also works clinically as a general practitioner. She lectures in undergraduate and postgraduate education. Her area of interest in medical education is student wellbeing and the role this has on personal and professional development of a trainee doctor. Since 2017, Eva has facilitated the delivery of an 8 weeks module in Mindfulness to fourth year medical students, the Mindfulness Special Study Module with Thubten Gelong. Eva is also a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and was trained with the Institute of Mindfulness Based Approaches in Germany. She delivers the 8 weeks programme of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to medical students within the School of Medicine. Most recently Eva co-developed the module Medicine and Compassion with Dr. David Shlim. Eva is a member of the Mindful Way@NUI Galway initiative and delivers regular mindfulness shared practice on campus.

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Mental Health Disclosure

This resource is not designed to be therapeutic for significant health problems so if you have any concerns in this regard then it is recommended that you speak to a suitably qualified health practitioner.