R808 Summer 2020 Mindfulness and Stress Reduction
Mondays, 9:40–11:05, July 13–July 27
Instructor: Neil Goodman
This course will examine various approaches that have been successful in reducing stress, which is at an increasingly high level in America and in the rest of the world. It has been reported that American corporations and businesses are spending upwards of $300 billion every year on injuries, illnesses, and absenteeism caused by stress. These high levels have been associated with military combat veterans as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but are, in some ways, not so different from the levels of stress resulting from the pressures that elderly citizens, surviving spouses, and caregivers face. We will examine the use of several powerful tools, such as mindfulness meditation, the emotional freedom technique, and the Heart Coherence procedure from the HeartMath Institute. These are some keys to reducing components of debilitating stress and will give us tools to maintain physical and mental health as we experience the challenges of the present time.
Neil Goodman is a disabled Vietnam veteran who has been a corporate trainer, massage therapist, certified meditation instructor, Reiki practitioner, and life coach. He currently volunteers with the VA Hospital in Washington, DC and at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, with military and veteran populations.