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Mindful : August 2019
CANADA’S FIRST MINDFULNESS GRAD PROGRAM TO LAUNCH This fall, the Uni- versity of the Fra- ser Valley, with four campuses in Brit- ish Columbia, will launch a 10-month mostly online graduate program in mindfulness- based teaching and learning. It’s the first Cana- dian university to offer a graduate degree in mindful- ness; a handful of universities in the US have also added the topic to their graduate programming. The UFV program comprises four courses provid- ing personal exploration of the topic, a deep dive into theory and research in the field, and training to facilitate mind- ful instruction. The for-credit classes are also designed to be transferable toward numer- ous professional graduate study programs, includ- ing masters and doctoral programs in education. TAKE A MINDFUL SIP Pour yourself a glass of water. Notice the weight of the glass in your hand, how the cool water feels against your lips. Let the moment refresh you in body and mind. ACTS OF kindness While out for din- ner with friends in Oxford, Alabama, Jamario Howards noticed a woman eating alone and went over to speak with her. It turned out to be the day before her 60th anniversary with her late husband. He invited her to join him and his friends, and they’ve been meet- ing her regularly for dinner since. “Regardless of your industry, the MBTL gradu- ate certificate prepares you to become a profes- sional mindful- ness leader while deepening your own mindful- ness practice and knowledge,” the UFV course description reads. BOOKS BRING US TOGETHER In a celebration of community and connection, Dutch street artists Jan Is de Man and Deef Feed created a striking trompe l’oeil mural on an apartment build- ing in Utrecht, Netherlands. They asked residents about their favorite books and painted the suggestions on a massive, multicultural book- shelf, representing eight languages. In the German town of Bensheim, a chubby rat got stuck in a manhole cover, so a team of eight rescu- ers, comprised of firefighters and animal rescuers, spent about 25 minutes helping the rat escape to freedom, unharmed. “Even animals that are hated by many people deserve respect,” animal rescuer Michael Sehr told German news agency DPA. When 80-year- old elementary school janitor Haze Mabry in Zebulon, Georgia, showed up for work on his birthday, instead of finding a messy school to clean, he found nearly 800 students lined uptosinghima happy birthday, hand him buckets of cards, and give him hugs. August 2019 mindful 11 top of mind PHOTOGRAPHBYJANISDEMAN