Mindful Elon

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COR 370 — Interdisciplinary Zen Capstone Seminar
How is Zen related to art and science, such seemingly disparate areas of the liberal arts? You will be able to answer that question by the time you complete this core interdisciplinary seminar. We will study the ritual and philosophy of Zen and explore the connections scholars have noted between Zen and physics and Zen and Japanese arts (i.e. painting, haiku, calligraphy, and martial arts). To ground our academic study we will practice sitting meditation for five to ten minutes each class time. Faculty: Barbara Gordon, Spring 2016.

GBL 208-US — Mindful America, Mindful Elon
This course is designed to help students explore the history and development of mindfulness in America and consider the influence of mindfulness practices on trends in higher education. Travel is centered in Boston, Massachusetts—an important location for mindfulness research and training. Students will also participate in a mindfulness retreat at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Western Massachusetts. Guided by their own experiences and research, students will return to Elon to consider how persuasion and advocacy efforts could be used to create a more “mindful” campus. Final projects will include creative communications campaigns designed to inform and influence the Elon community. Faculty: Julie Lellis, Winter 2017.

HED 115 — Mindfulness: Stress and Well-Being
This course examines different stressors, the stress response, and a holistic approach to managing stress as a more effective approach to optimal lifelong health and well-being.  Students will examine research related to the stress response and its impact on overall health.   This course includes demonstration of a  cadre of mindful based practices.  Students will practice techniques linked to a  greater understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection and stress.  This course meets half semester. Faculty: Resa Walch, Spring 2016.

HNR 240 — The Reincarnation of Yoga in America
Now a multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S., the spiritual and physical practice of yoga was recognized and celebrated in India more than 5,000 years ago. Americans can find yoga everywhere—from pristine yoga studios to public schools, corporate offices, fitness centers, hospitals and even rehabilitation centers. Celebrities, medical doctors, and psychologists praise the practice. Businesses that offer an array of commercial products to enhance the yoga experience are booming. When, how, and why did the U.S. commercialize an ancient tradition so much so that the word “yoga” has meaning to the more than 20 million people who practice it? And what is the role of media in shaping the perception of yoga? Faculty: Julie Lellis.

PHL 110 — What Can We Know?
This course introduces students to the amazing diversity of knowledge, and ways to think philosophically about different forms of knowledge. Martin Fowler’s section includes Contemplative Pedagogy. Faculty: Martin Fowler.

PHL 352 — Zen in Theory and Practice
This course explores the nature of the self and the soul, and the process of liberation, through study and practice in the Zen tradition. Classes will be a combination of reading, discussion, and meditation practice. Class sessions begin and end with periods of quiet sitting and walking. There is also four days in an intensive silent off-campus retreat. Instructors: Sandy Gentei Stewart from the North Carolina Zen Center and Anthony Weston, Winter 2016.