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Minutes- OLA- Mindfulness into Action_2103-10-10

OLA Meeting

October 10th, 2013

4 to 6 pm


  • Anna Healy
  • Courtney Furlong
  • David Weksler
  • Elisabeth Negrete
  • Fatima Farhat Mansoob
  • Maria Cecilia Salcedo
  • Mariana Vergara
  • Pierre Faller
  • Sandra Lesibu

4 – 4:30 pm   Reflections First Person Action Inquiry

4:30 – 5 pm   Reflections Second Person Action Inquiry

5 pm               Reception: The Inaugural Edmund Gordon Lecture,

6 pm               Educating Harlem Lecture Series Milbank Chapel


First person Action Inquiry – Collaborative Inquiry

  • It is about your own behavior
  • What did you find?


  • Mirror reflection
  • Lighting a candle honoring my family

[Sandra] Reflecting:

  • Realization: What am I doing with my goals to contribute to world peace?
  • 9 major sororities and Fraternities
    • What are their initiatives and the impact?
    • Academic achievement in college, in professional career and community?

[Maria Cecilia] Recognizing the third head

  • Being aware of what you are doing?
    • Missing the third head
    • Realization: prioritizes of family.
      • Journey within finding the master within
      • Trauma from past – going back inside and reflect in order to heal

[Pierre] AGIS program building block

  • Embrace vs. frustration
  • Human experience
    • Being present about emotion
    • Not resist what is happening
    • Surrendering to your emotions – enjoy the moment
    • Duality surrendering vs. resistance
      • Culture opposing resistance
        • Ego – thinking of self
        • Surrender to situations – letting go

[Fatima] Noticing self after 1 hour

  • Realization: wasting time in my life
  • Recognizing: from bottom of my heart benefits in this esthetics of exercises
    • Work, thought
    • Changing within one hour

[Elisabeth] Realization:  Be mindful of assumptions

1. Volunteering with 3rd graders– mindful enjoy children over adults

  • Trying not to have assumptions
    • Assumption of other volunteers

2. Group project

  • Aware shouldn’t complain about small things

[Anna] Helping mother after fall at bedside

  • Mindful of always being at the right place at the right time
  • Listening and sharing Mashur guided meditation

[Mariana] Juggling Kendrick and dissertation


Second Person Action Inquiry – Collaborative Inquiry

  • Epigenetics-Lipton 95% of our behavior is ruled by subconscious. In order to overcome our subconscious behavior:
  1. Habits
  2. Hypnotisms

1. Habits by implementing the reflection exercise daily

2. Hypnotism by listening to guided meditations we apply self-hypnotism

Mashur’s Guided Meditation (self-hypnotism)

Link to guided meditation: Life Harmonized

Pilots at high schools:

Lincoln HS

  • Columbia Reflection group
  • Promise a visit to Teachers College
  • October 17th, 2013 2:30pm-3: 15 pm bi-weekly advising

Dover HS

  • Students doing reflections
  • First person Action Inquiry
  • Next meeting Monday October 14, 2013 – 10:53 am weekly

Connecting both schools for alignment

  • Share how feel about pilot


‘Master Within’

  • Jon work with Roger Dennis – develop resources for elementary, middle and high school students.


  • MIV- send Anna Healy info of Alvaro Hernandez for Pilot emergence
  • MIV-Send Fatima gentlemen’s (Dan Booth Cohen) dissertation on peace making
  • MIV-Forward Information of Transformational Learning Conference

OLA next meeting Monday October 14th, 2013 from 1500-1700 203 Russell Hall

OLA- Mindfulness into Action_2013-9-19

OLA- Mindfulness into Action 2013-9-19

RH 306 1600 – 1800


  • Anna Healy
  • David Weksler
  • Farah
  • Maria Cecilia Salcedo
  • Mariana Vergara
  • Pierre Faller
  • Roger Dennis
  • Sandra Lesibu

David – Met with engineers that have created a software for students to use a career search resource

Sandra – Becoming more aware of personal environment, clearing out house and clutter.  Cultivating a greater awareness of synchronicity and manifesting goals

Farah: Lying in bed, wasting time and decided that she should do something.

Organizing before starting work and passion.  Time management and freed schedule

Keeping journals to track progression during daily exercises.  We are our own research as we connect with the field.

Mariana – children from Africa are going to participate in the reflections exercises.

Mindfulness into Action website to do this process and go within.

Sandra – Washington at a national conference with the major 9 sororities and fraternities about education and how to stop school-to-prison, change curriculum

Pierre – Brings back to a few years ago and where he sees an opportunity to apply this to situations to make systematic.  Making this process part of daily regimen

2. Life has changed a lot in the last 2-3 months, left his job to focus on dissertation, interesting place to be a master of his own domain without any external structures.

3. Mother is visiting and interesting dynamic between parents/children, act on mindfulness when entering tough/tense situations.  Feels better aware of what is happening and how to act/react on what is going on

Maria Cecilia – challenging to create a new habit, learning there are multiple ways to change subconscious and creating new habits to meet goal.  Clear on goal and it is now looking very close to obtaining goal.   Enjoying journey to apply

Roger Dennis – Epigenetics

Pulling demographic data on public schools and noticing

Action Items:

Sandra to introduce Reflection Exercise to associates from the Washington conference.

Pierre: Idea that club should establish clear objectives and agenda:

1. To introduce projects/and or update status on progress

2. Two dimensions: relfection and process of mindfulness

Contribution of club: through projects and potential initiatives as it relates to TC, Columbia and community