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July 30, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

The University of Miami is committed to providing faculty, staff, students, and visitors with a healthy environment. We continue to encourage all members of the University community to advance their well-being through our Well ’Canes incentives program, health and wellness letters, free on-site preventive care screenings, and access to additional resources through the Well ’Canes website.

This month we turn our focus to communal wellness, which concerns living in harmony with our fellow human beings, seeking out positive, interdependent relationships with others, and finding ways to preserve the beauty and balance of nature and our community.

One way to improve our relationships with our environment and those around us is through mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is paying attention to what is really taking place at the present moment. The practice of mindfulness helps us focus on the task at hand and ultimately helps improve our ability to deal with stressful situations.

Try your hand at mindfulness practice with the exercises presented in the attached video featuring Scott Rogers, director of the University of Miami School of Law’s Mindfulness and Law Program and co-director of the University’s Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative.

Thank you, and have a healthy day.

Nerissa E. Morris
Vice President, Human Resources
Chair, UM Wellness Advisory Council