F804 Spring 2019 Mindfulness and Stress Reduction
Tuesdays, 2:15–3:40, Apr. 9–Apr. 16
Instructor: Neil Goodman
This two-session class will examine various approaches that have been successfully utilized to reduce stress which appears to be at an alarmingly high and increasing level. It has been reported that American corporations and businesses are spending upwards of 300 billion dollars every year on injuries, illnesses and absenteeism due to stress. High levels of stress, which have been associated with military combat veterans as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are in some ways not so different from the levels of stress resulting from the pressures that elderly citizens, surviving spouses, and caregivers face from daily exposure to something we call “Life.” In addition, the technological complexity, financial pressures of retirement, multitasking, and medical conditions of aging all are simply present in today’s environment. In class we will examine the use of several powerful tools, such as mindfulness, meditation, and the emotional freedom technique (EFT). These are the keys to reducing components of debilitating stress. They will lead us through a greater balance of health and wellness as we experience challenges associated with living in these times.
Neil Goodman is a disabled Vietnam veteran who has been a corporate trainer, massage therapist, certified meditation instructor, Reiki practitioner, and life coach. He has developed several curricula for stress reduction and conducted mindfulness meditation workshops for over 26 years in northern Virginia and the DC metropolitan area. He currently volunteers with the DC Veterans Administration Hospital at Fort Belvoir with military and veteran populations and with their mental health clinicians. He also volunteers at local Sunrise senior centers.