SMART Resilience and Healing Program can help heal the body and mind

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

WVU Medicine employees are invited to participate in the new mindfulness program, which kicks off Monday, May 3. Participants in the SMART Resilience and Healing Program will learn empowering practices to create more balance, increase emotional intelligence, and tap into inner resources to heal the body and mind.

This free eight-week virtual program will be held on Mondays from noon-12:30 p.m. The first 10 minutes of each session will serve as “lunch and learn,” followed by experiential mindfulness exercises. All sessions will be recorded and available to those unable to attend at noon.

Here's the schedule:

Weeks 1-2: Equanimity – Mindfulness, yoga, and breathing tools will create a firm foundation of calm stability, as well as an awareness of the self-care needs of one’s body and mind.

Weeks 3-4: Loving-kindness – Tools to generate openness and the wish for one’s own and other’s happiness will be shared. Loving-kindness creates a state that activates pro-social brain regions, which not only feels good but can be an antidote to depression/
anxiety.

Weeks 5-6: Compassion – Caring for others is rewarding but can cause burnout. Here we will learn tools for safely extending compassion and care to others who are suffering from a position of awareness and stability.

Weeks 7-8: Joy – Techniques to enrich one’s happiness and joy, and then integrating and balancing with the practices of the previous weeks, will be the focus. Tapping into joy can be a powerful aid in healing and recovery from physical illness and stress.

Contact wellness specialist Anthony Danko at Anthony.Danko@hsc.wvu.edu to register or receive the weekly mindfulness recordings.