Mindfulness at Your Library

3747796338_ae8565af88_z[1]At the Summer Reading Workshops in February, one of the ideas I suggested for an adult program was “Escape Your Stress,” a play on the “Escape the Ordinary” slogan. Potential topics included stress management, mindfulness/meditation, and yoga. While it’s great to offer these types of program to patrons, perhaps it’s you in the role of librarian who needs some stress reduction.

Minitex recently hosted a free webinar called “Insights and practical tips on practicing mindful librarianship to manage stress,” which was lead by Kristen Mastel and Genevieve Innes. There is a recording available if you were unable to attend. If you don’t have time for a webinar, Kristen and Genevieve also wrote an article by the same title, and they have developed a website to walk you through the concepts of mindfulness and share additional resources.

If you are not familiar with the concept of mindfulness, Psychology Today defines it as “a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”

If the idea of meditation seems a little hokey to you, check out the research from well-respected medical institutions:

If you are interested in mindfulness, the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center offers some free guided meditations to help you get started.

Do you practice mindfulness? How do you manage stress in the library? Share your recommendations in the comments!

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2 responses to “Mindfulness at Your Library

  1. Hi Sarah, I am pitching an idea like this for an interview at a public library. Do you have any other tips for a program like this? I am worried about filling enough time for a 1-1.5 hour program. Right now I have yoga instructors to teach restorative poses and mindfulness, and do a guided meditation. I am also including coloring books for adults as a different type of meditation/mindfulness. Thanks for any other ideas you might have!

  2. Hi Katy, If you are already covering yoga and mindfulness, I would focus on other stress relief and stress management techniques. Depending on the size of the community, you could potentially invite local health professionals for a health and wellness fair. You could also focus on reading as a form of relaxation. I think coloring books are a great idea! Best wishes for your interview!

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