Tue, Oct 18, 2022 1:00 PM –

Thu, Oct 20, 2022 2:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Mindfulness Matters Week returns to CWRU from October 18-20. This week, faculty, staff, and students will have opportunities to learn about and practice mindfulness with three presentations by mindfulness experts from across the United States.


Past Events

Thu, Oct 20, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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How Mindfulness Can Support Authenticity and Connection in Daily Life with Suzanne Rusnak, MEd, MSSA, LSW

This presentation will focus on how mindfulness can help us live lives of more authenticity and connection. There will be time for meditation as well as participant questions.

Wed, Oct 19, 2022
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
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The Basics of Mindfulness for Self-care and Stress Management with Marvin Belzer, PhD

Mindfulness is the art of openly and actively paying attention to experience in the present moment. This workshop will include (a) an overview of what mindfulness is and how we practice mindfulness in meditation, (b) a brief guided meditation, (c) discussion of how mindfulness can be used to deal with difficult physical and mental states, and (d) how I teach this material in an undergraduate course.

Tue, Oct 18, 2022
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Online Event
Meditation and the Brain with Sara Lazar, PhD

In this talk Dr. Lazar will present data about how the structure and function of the brain changes as the result of mindfulness meditation practice. These brain changes in turn lead to reduced stress and improved emotion regulation and cognition. In the first half of the talk she will discuss how mindfulness practice helps with stress, pain, and fear. In the second half she will present data on memory, attention, and executive functioning, including data from a 2-year follow-up study.


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Sara Lazar, PhD

Associate Professor

Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Sara W. Lazar, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals. She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation since 1994. Her research has been covered by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and WebMD. More information can be found at https://scholar.harvard.edu/sara_lazar.

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Marvin Belzer, PhD

Associate Director

UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center

Marvin G. Belzer, PhD, has taught mindfulness meditation for twenty-five years. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. For many years he taught a semester-long meditation course in the Department of Philosophy at Bowling Green St. University, where he was an Associate Professor of Philosophy. He teaches courses at UCLA including Psychiatry 175: Mindfulness Practice and Theory, and teaches mindfulness in many venues.

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Suzanne Rusnak, MEd, MSSA, LSW

Independent Mindfulness Teacher and Coach

Suzanne Cushwa Rusnak MEd, MSSA, LSW, is an independent mindfulness teacher, speaker, and coach working in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a licensed social worker, and holds Master’s degrees in education, and in social work. She is trained in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, as well as in teaching mindfulness to children K-12, and is a certified mindfulness teacher with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She has been teaching mindfulness since 2011. Suzanne has experience teaching classes for the public, organizations, universities, corporations and hospital employees. She gives wellness talks, creates mindfulness curricula, coaches individuals, and takes part in planning and implementing research studies in the field of mindfulness.

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