Covid 19 has taken the energy out of many of us and we are in a moment of uncertainty. We have no idea how things will unfold.
With this in mind, Oxford10 invited Sophie who has been running mindfulness sessions for many years, to not only give us a talk about mindfulness but to also show us how we can use it in our everyday lives.
In today’s session we learned that mindfulness can give us stability when we feel the carpet has been pulled from under our feet. It appears that we are being distracted 47% of our time and this leads to our mind wandering around.
In two short mindfulness practice tasks of 2 and 4 minutes each, we found out that we have a direct experience and a narrative experience with our mind. Sophie told us what to focus on so that we can shift our experience with our mind in order to stop the talking in our head.
We finished the session by writing down ten things that nourish us and also a few things that deplete us and how we can shift these energy depleting things from our list. A wonderful experience that came at the right time when so many of us are experiencing fatigue and are looking for ways to calm our minds.
How has Covid19 affected us? Being mindful and caring for our resilience and wellbeing has never been more important.
In this talk, Sophie Maclaren will introduce us to mindfulness. She will discuss what we understand under the term mindfulness, how it helps our wellbeing and she will give us evidence-based mindfulness practices to do at home and at work.
Sophie specialises in workplace wellbeing, and mindful leadership. She works with emerging and established leaders as a trainer, consultant, and coach. In this capacity she has created hundreds of custom programmes, partnered with thousands of individuals and groups across the globe, and founded several organisations/ initiatives to develop the next generation of mindfulness trainers and support young leaders in 30+ countries.
As well as her academic studies in intellectual history and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, she trained intensively with Tibetan meditation masters and has been a dedicated mindfulness and yoga practitioner for over 20 years.
Sophie specialises in wellbeing for high-impact individuals in leadership roles, and brings attention and care to each individual as they craft their own mindfulness practice. She teaches special topics on resilience, agility, workplace wellbeing, mindfulness in working life/business, mindfulness for students, and the mindful organisation. Sophie is particularly excited to continue engaging change agents, allowing mindfulness to become a practical tool for enhancing human-centered professional life while increasing impact.
She is a fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School.
On Thursday 17th September, Oxford10 held a Zoom event for London-based freshers (undergraduate and postgraduate) to help them ease into their exciting journey at Oxford. Nearly 100 freshers attended the event – a definite record for this Oxford10 committee – and they got to meet friendly faces, hear from current students about how the upcoming term was shaping up amidst the pandemic, and put their wits to the test in a three-round quiz.
Current second-years Seren Ford, Rachel Howe and Orly Welch shared their experiences at Oxford to date – including a Trinity term in lockdown – and their thoughts on how freshers could make the best of their time at Oxford, even amidst a global pandemic. The participants were then grouped by colleges – with some colleges bravely represented by just one person – and asked a range of Oxford-themed questions. We’d invite you to try answering some of them as well:
Which US president studied at University College?
How many libraries are there in Oxford?
When was the Oxford Union founded?
Eventually, the team of Corpus Christi and Christ Church emerged victorious, pulling ahead of the rest of the competition with full points across all three rounds. Seems like that lot are very prepared to do Open House next year, where they will undoubtedly charm wide-eyed sixth-formers with their formidable knowledge of Oxford.
Participants thoroughly enjoyed the event, as it gave them an opportunity to meet some friendly faces and make them feel at home in Oxford (even as they were mostly attending the event in their own homes!). The Oxford10 team wishes every fresher the very best as they began their journey from Oxford; if nothing else, the event gave us cause to reminisce fondly.
On 8th September 2020, Oxford10 welcomed Jonathan Black (Director, Careers Service & Internship Office, University of Oxford, and also Chair of the Oxford Hub) for a live seminar on career prospects in the light of a pandemic-related slowdown.
In an interactive and engaging session, Jonathan shared his view on the effects the pandemic has had on the job market. These insights included quantified trends as shown by the number of job vacancies posted on the OU job vacancy board, and the outlook in different sectors under significant influence of forces such as COVID, Brexit and automation.
The talk finished with an encouragement to the alumni to use the careers service, which provides support to Oxford alumni for life. These services include the job vacancy board on CareerConnect, access to careers fairs and Skype appointments with alumni careers advisors.
We’ll be showing you how to shake that mixer, and you’ll have a chance to flex your mental muscles and make new friends in several thrilling rounds of quizzes! We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.
List of ingredients:
Singapore Sling 2 parts gin, 1 part cherry brandy, Juice of one lime, ½ part Cointreau, ½ part D.O.M. Benedictine, 1 part Angostura bitters, optional garnish of pineapple slice, maraschino cherry
Mojito 4 parts white rum, 10 fresh mint leaves, several slices of lime (optional), sugar (caster sugar is ideal, but any type is fine), Angostura bitters
Equipment If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, a large jam jar or a coffee flask (with lid screwed tight) work just as well. Optional extras: straws, drinks stirrers, flamboyantly coloured cocktail umbrellas.
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