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Becoming Yourself Series 3.0

Whole-hearted Living
When Jan 10, 2018 12:30 PM to
Feb 08, 2018 04:20 PM
Where Location TBD
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Five week series free from cost, stress, and exams

Time To Be Determined, weeks of Jan 9 - Feb 8

Start off your term living wholeheartedly while accepting your gifts, imperfections, and areas of growth as clues to your authentic self. A chance to share ideas for authentic living with others who are asking similar questions. The course includes weekly 50 minute workshops with interactive group exercises, self-awareness and mindfulness practices to try at home, and a meeting with a staff coach. You will be guided in practicing daily mindfulness exercises in your own time and submit a short weekly reflection about your experiences of these exercises.

A completion certificate will be granted for participating in the full 5 weeks and staff coaching session.

Register by Monday, December 4 to have your schedule included in setting the time for weekly sessions during weeks of Jan. 9 – Feb. 8

More Info and to Register

Open to all students at no cost. You do not need to have completed other Parts of Becoming Yourself to benefit from this offering.

The Becoming Yourself series is funded by Student Open Circles

CVC Volunteer Openings

When Jan 14, 2018 09:00 AM to
Mar 20, 2018 05:00 PM
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Volunteers are needed to serve at risk youth and adults in Hamilton. Volunteer with other McMaster students, reflect together on your experiences for 15 min. after each volunteer session, and learn how your service relates to larger societal issues.

Groups that particularly need volunteers are:

  • LAF (Learning and Fun) - Thursdays, 2:50-5:15, Tutor and mentor at-risk kids from Grades 1-8 in small groups and one-on-one using fun and creative tools to teach academics.
  • YOUth Create (HARRRP) – Thursdays, 3-5:30pm – Help facilitate an afterschool program for youth in grades 6-8, with activities such as crafts, sports, cooking, and local trips. Act as a positive role model, friend and mentor to the youth.

Other groups and times available. Consider signing up or let your friends know!

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Reflection Circles this Week

Reflection Circles are a safe space for connecting with your self and others in an atmosphere of respect and awakening to your authentic life through mindfulness practice, creative expression, and discussion. You are welcome to attend any week – no need to signup!
When Jan 15, 2018 01:30 PM to
Jan 19, 2018 02:20 PM
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Meditation CircleMonday, January 15
3:30-4:20, in SWELL, Wood meeting room (MUSC B118) 

Join us for an introduction to breath awareness meditation – a simple, refreshing, and easy to learn practice that you can do any time you need a boost in your day.

Body, Mind, Spirit Circle Wednesday, January 17
1:30-2:20, in Museum of Art, basement Educational Library

Perfectionism: Does it ever feel like ‘If I could just do things perfectly or faster or so that others approve, life would be so much better?’ Discuss and journal to find strategies to manage perfectionism, exploring what perfectionsim is and isn’t. Perfectionism is not the same as striving for excellence, growth or healthy achievement.  “Perfectionism is a 20-pound shield that we lug around, thinking it will protect us, when in fact it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from being seen.” – Brene Brown. Join us to discuss what it could look like to put down the shield.

Creativity Circle -  Friday, January 19
1:30-2:20, in Museum of Art, 4th floor Coin Room

Small Steps to Your Goals: Try writing exercises to get in touch with your dreams and find small steps to take towards your goals. “Begin where you are, with who you are…Rather than focus on large jumps – which may strike us as terrifying and unjumpable – we do better to focus on the first small step, and then the next small step after that,” says Julia Cameron. Join us to make small commitments towards your creative dreams.

So, you want to be a doctor?

A reflective journey to explore careers in health care
When Jan 18, 2018
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where HSC 1A4
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Are you considering a career in health care? What does this mean for your life NOW? and in the future? What kind of person do you need to develop as to be a health professional? How do you stay true to yourself? Whether you are currently applying to a health care profession or considering this option, we invite you to join us for a panel discussion and small group discussions. Reflect on these questions and hear from the personal journeys of others. Light refreshments will be provided. Facilitated by Dr. Karen Trollope-Kumar, MD, PhD, CCFP.

Featuring several panelists including:

  • Dr. Karen Trollope-Kumar, MD, PhD, CCFP

  • Andrea Frolic, Ph.D. Director of Clinical & Organizational Ethics, Hamilton Health Sciences; Asst. Clinical Professor, Mac MD Program

  • Dr. Sonika Kainth, Open Circle/CVC alumni, graduate of McMaster Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario medical school and University of Calgary Family Medicine Program

  • Elise Desjardins, Open Circle/CVC alumni, graduate of McMaster Life Sciences, currently enrolled in U of T Masters of Public Health Program

Sponsored by Open Circle, Community Volunteer Action, McMaster Medicine and Health Society

Personal Discovery Course – part 1

A course on values, goals, and living fully engaged
When Jan 23, 2018 02:30 PM to
Feb 13, 2018 03:20 PM
Where Location To Be Determined
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Tuesdays, 10:30-11:20,  Jan. 23 – Feb. 13

Four week self-development series free from cost, stress, and exams. Explore personal values: Who am I? What gives my life meaning? Where do I want to go? What do I want to get out of my life, look back and be glad that I did it? How can I make a difference? Create your own life mission statement.

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Note: if you are a graduate student, we are offering a special version of the Personal Discovery Course course for you. More Info

The Personal Discovery course is funded by Student Open Circles and is open to post-secondary students at no cost.

What's Soul Got To Do With It?

A Panel Event - hear stories of others, reflect on your own path
When Jan 30, 2018
from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where MUSC 318
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Hear stories of others

Reflect on your own path

Join us to hear panelists from a diversity of faith and spiritual perspectives share their personal journey and how spirituality plays out in their lives. A chance to hear others' stories, ask questions, and sculpt your own approach to Spirituality/Religion.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Gary Warner, Acting Director of the Arts and Science Program
Upcoming Events
Becoming Yourself Series 3.0 Jan 10, 2018 - Feb 08, 2018 — Location TBD
CVC Volunteer Openings Jan 14, 2018 - Mar 20, 2018
Reflection Circles this Week Jan 15, 2018 - Jan 19, 2018
So, you want to be a doctor? Jan 18, 2018 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM — HSC 1A4
Personal Discovery Course – part 1 Jan 23, 2018 - Feb 13, 2018 — Location To Be Determined
Upcoming events…