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UCalgary Mindfulness

Join us for Season 2: Setting a Mindful Intention. Subscribe to UCalgary Mindfulness in your preferred podcast player to be notified of new episodes.

The practice of mindfulness is for everyone. It is a meditation practice that can reduce stress and anxiety and improve attention and creativity, supporting our daily functioning. Subscribe in your favourite podcast player to be notified of new episodes.

This podcast is brought to you by the University of Calgary’s Campus Mental Health Strategy-- a bold commitment to the importance of mental health and well-being of our university family. Find resources and information about the strategy here.

UCalgary Mindfulness is led by registered nurses and mindfulness practitioners Julia Imanoff, MN, RN, PNC (C) and Justin Burkett BN, MN, RN. Imanoff and Burkett were trained and certified as mindfulness facilitators from Mimentra Inc. in 2019, and have conducted many mindfulness sessions in conjunction with UCalgary Nursing. Explore UCalgary Nursing’s mental wellness initiatives and resources here.

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Season 2 overview

UCalgary Mindfulness podcast presents Setting a Mindful Intention. This season will progress from posture and breath, to managing complex and challenging emotions. Through eight sessions, hone skills to become more aware and purposeful, while incorporating moments of stillness into your daily lives.

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In this session, we focus on cultivating compassion, both for ourselves and for others, using both a Loving Kindness meditation and a self-compassion meditation.

This session aims to support the important biological function of sleep. We will use the meditative relaxation technique of yoga nidra to help support our ability to rest. 

In this session, we get mindful of life’s pushes and pulls by exploring how meditation helps us improve and become aware of intentional processes.

This session helps bring awareness, understanding and acceptance to emotions. In our guided meditation, we invite in joy and gratitude, and reflect on how to cultivate more of these emotions. 

In this session, we explore the mind-body connection. This episode includes a meditation that brings awareness to this connection and helps encourage more space between our thoughts and actions.

In this episode, we explore the brain and body’s response to stress, including a three-part breathing meditation to support this response. 

Join in on a foundational meditation practice, posture, or a sitting meditation. 

We're back with new mindfulness meditations, listen to what we have planned for our second season, Setting a Mindful Intention.

This session investigates how we want to arrive in our leadership and be present with others. One meditation explores self-compassion and grounding. The second borrows from Zen meditation and explores grounding in the body as well as a non-reactive form of attention.

Season 1 overview

UCalgary Mindfulness podcast presents Stepping Out of Reactivity, an eight-part mindfulness series.

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This session rotates through a series of awareness exercises. A meditative technique borrowed from yoga nidra, this practice is good for rejuvenating the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of life. This meditation can be practiced any time of day, but is particularly useful at bedtime. Facilitated by Justin Burkett BN RN, Masters Student. 

Practice two movement-based meditations that explore ways to anchor awareness in the moving body. This session incorporates a mindful movement meditation followed by a mindful walking meditation. Pair with a body scan for an even more reflective practice on how this meditation feels in the body. Facilitated by UCalgary Nursing doctoral student Julia Imanoff, MN, RN, PNC (C) 

This mindfulness meditation opens space to nurture and support connection—whether cultivating connection to selves, those around us, or the earth beneath and above us. Facilitated by Justin Burkett BN RN, Masters Student.

Explore three short focus and concentration-based practices to support situations of high stress or reactivity. These practices are centred around the idea of acceptance (or receiving what is offered or what is present). This episode starts with a mantra or affirmation statement, shifts to a breathing exercise, then ends with a three-minute breathing meditation. Facilitated by UCalgary Nursing doctoral student Julia Imanoff, MN, RN, PNC (C) 

Sometimes the wisest way of responding is to do nothing at all. The ‘do nothing’ technique discussed and practiced in this meditation develops three mindfulness skills: concentration, clarity and equanimity. Facilitated by Justin Burkett BN RN, Masters Student.

Join us for an activity-based session to help better understand the way our daily routines can affect us. Learn how to relate differently to these experiences, whether they are nourishing, neutral, or depleting, and whether practicing mindful awareness may encourage ways to reframe or balance perceptions of these activities. Facilitated by UCalgary Nursing doctoral student Julia Imanoff, MN, RN, PNC (C)

Reduce biological stress in this 15-minute meditation technique, Body Scan. An effective method in reducing biological stress. Facilitated by Justin Burkett BN RN, Masters Student.

This five-minute mindfulness meditation episode supports mindful eating and requires a handful of finger food such as raisins, dried fruit or nuts, a piece of paper and a pen. The raisin meditation can help bring our focus to the present moment. Facilitated by Julia Imanoff, MN, RN, PNC (C).

Develop a different relationship with your thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. Meditation begins at 5:15. Hosted by UCalgary Nursing doctoral student Julia Imanoff, MN, RN, PNC (C)


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