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Personal and Professional development

Mindfulness Training at the University of Cape Town

The big honest question we need to ask ourselves is:
“What is my present state of mind?”

Are we habitually worrying about the past and planning the future, instead of being connected to what is happening within and around us in the present moment? Are we continuously mentally exhausted, feeling burned out and overwhelmed? Or are we able to take care of our own wellbeing and those of others by learning to rest and take care of our minds. Are we role-models to our children, friends and colleagues based on our sense of self-sacrifice or self-care? Our own level of mindfulness, our capacity to develop a calm, steady nervous system and remain present and connected to what is happening, is something we can grow and sustain with Mindfulness training. It is what allows us to enjoy and appreciate what is already good within and around us, and it enables us to take good care of ourselves and our students.

 

Benefits
Research has shown that after an 8 week training period, we literally change the function and structure of our own brains, improving our capacity to be calm and resilient. Harvard neuroscience Prof Lazar found that enlarged areas of the pre-frontal cortex – the area of the brain linked to happiness  is activated by mindfulness training. The region of the brain most associated with emotional reactivity and fear, the amygdala, shrinks with mindfulness training.

UCT through the Law@work project offers mindfulness courses for continuing education to the public, and to all current and alumni students and staff. It is a course suitable for people from all professions.

UCT Law@work- Is a professional development unit in the Law faculty offering seminars, lectures and courses across a wide range of topics to the public at large.
UCT offers the 8 week mindfulness course with UCT attendance certification, since 2014.
Dates are for 2019: Wednesdays, from 24 April to 19 June