Mindfulness@PAM

Every Wednesdays our Mindfulness@PAM programming will feature virtual guided meditation, at home cooking recipes and tai chi specifically tailored towards helping you find your inner strength and peace.

Below please find the weekly archive:

Wednesday, July 22, 2020: Mindfulness@PAM: Mindful Music with the Honda Family

 

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Enjoy an upbeat performance of the fourth movement of German composer, Sigfrid Karg-Elert’s Trio for oboe, clarinet and english horn, performed by Marissa Honda (@mhon89, BM ’11, MM ’13, DMA ’17) @mhon89 and her father Larry Honda (MM ’85). While listening, one might notice that the piece is in 3 short sections that are differentiated by tempo and style. Marissa and Larry hope that it makes you bounce in your seat!


Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – Mindfulness@PAM: Mindfulness In Everyday Life

 

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July 18th, 2:30 PM
USC PAM is collaborating with @mindfulusc for a summer class series!
Join Mark Miller to learn skills that will help you manage stress and strong emotions when they are experienced. This zoom class will combine evidence-based emotion management skills with mindfulness to help you compassionately take care of yourself when emotions and stress start to feel overwhelming.

Saturday, July 18th (Session 1): Creating your own mindful emotion management habits using a few basic skills.


Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – Mindfulness@PAM: Guided Meditation

 

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Calm your body and mind by watching your breath and picturing yourself in @usc_pam garden. Educator and writer Kabir Singh @singhkabir guides you through a short breathing meditation you can do anytime anywhere.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020 – Mindfulness@PAM: Katherine Ho

 

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Music has a way of opening our hearts and helping us feel more connected to others, to ourselves, and to the world around us!

Today’s Mindful Music performance comes from the talented Katherine Ho @katho.de. Katherine is an L.A based singer and songwriter, and rising senior at @uscedu. She gained popularity when her Mandarin cover of the @coldplay song “Yellow” was featured in the @CrazyRichAsians soundtrack. Listen to her sing a Diana Ross cover she dedicated to the #blacklivesmatter movement and an original composition.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020: Mindfulness@PAM

 

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Qi Gong Master, Justin Garcia, demonstrates how to do the Crane in this first part of the 5 Animal Frolic Qi Gong Series. Watch full video in the link in bio!


Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Mindfulness@PAM: Mindful Star Jar

 

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Infusing moments of mindfulness in your everyday life is not only powerful, but it’s also quite simple! This week’s mindful activity is an origami-inspired Mindfulness Jar. This activity is aimed to help bring awareness to the everyday things we are thankful for and the little things that give us joy. Follow the steps below and tag us with your daily affirmation, or your Jar filled with stars!

Supplies Needed:
Scissors
Paper (Colored paper if you have it)
Ruler
Pen
Jar

Instructions:
1. Cut strips of paper into 8-inch long strips that are 1/2 an inch wide
2. On your strips of paper, take some time to write down what you are thankful for or an affirmation.
3. With your strip of paper color side up tuck the right end into the loop as if making a knot.
4. Continue to pull the end through the loop, also pull the bottom end to tighten the knot.
5. Keep wiggling and pulling the knot tighter, flattening it at the same time.
6. The colored end on the left should be much longer than the right side. Tuck in the excess on the right end into the pentagon. You do not need to cut it off but you can if it’s too long.
7. Fold the end on the left behind, keeping the colored side on the outside.
8. Continue wrapping the pentagon until there is only half an inch left (If your remaining strip is just a bit too long to tuck in, you may cut it off.)
9. Use your index and thumb to slowly pinch each of the sides of the pentagon in order to puff it up and give it a star-like shape.
10. You’re done! Add your first star into your Mindfulness Jar.
11. Optional: If you would like to decorate your jar, please feel free to! You can use stickers, gems, wrapping paper, or ribbons!
(These origami stars can be replaced with small folded pieces of paper or rolled scrolls)


Wednesday, May 20, 2020 – Mindful Music

 

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Take a moment to close your eyes, breathe and relax with this Mindful Music Moment.

Last July @USC_PAM hosted world-class guqin player, Jiazhen Zhao 趙家珍 of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and her students
for an evening concert featuring the Guqin. The Guqin is a seven-string zither with a history that spans over 3,00 years. Its strings represent the five elements if nature and seven days of the week.
We hope you enjoy and unwind to this wonderful performance by Master Jiazhen Zhao and her student ensemble.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 – Tai Chi Part 3

Join Master Justin Garcia as he leads you through Tai Chi, a centuries-old Chinese practice of body movement, and breathing.
By understanding and applying tai chi, we can alleviate stress, develop peace of mind, encourage emotional well-being, and increase our energy, as well as enhance bodily strength, balance, and efficiency.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 – Guided Meditation 2

Mindfulness@PAM – Take time to look slowly, clear your head, and get inspiration for the day and rest of the week. Join museum educator Kabir Singh, as he leads you through a guided meditation using the @USC_PAM permanent collection as inspiration.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020: Tai-Chi Part 2


Master Justin Garcia as he leads you through Tai Chi, a centuries-old Chinese practice of body movement, and breathing.
By understanding and applying tai chi, we can alleviate stress, develop peace of mind, encourage emotional well-being, and increase our energy, as well as enhance bodily strength, balance, and efficiency.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020: Guided Meditation

USC PAM is on a mission to create a more #mindful world, and it begins at home. Learn more about #MindfulPractices every Wednesday @USC_PAM.

Quiet your mind and body by looking at art in a guided meditation led by museum educator Kabir Singh.
Watch the full video on our YouTube channel, link in bio!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020: Mindful Cooking

What is mindful cooking? It’s the act of slowing down and staying attuned to the moment-by-moment experience of making a meal. Cooking doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, it can be self-care! Join Chef Cecilia Leung as prepares steamed savory custard in this mindful cooking lesson.

Steamed Savory Custard

 

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MINDFULNESS@PAM What is mindful cooking? It’s the act of slowing down and staying attuned to the moment-by-moment experience of making a meal. Cooking doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, it can be self-care! Join Chef Cecilia Leung as prepares steamed savory custard in this mindful cooking lesson. Steamed Savory Custard Yields 2 servings Eggs, room temp- 2ea Water or stock, 115F- 1 cup Salt-pinch Scallions, chopped- 2 T Light soy sauce-2 t Sesame oil -1 t Mushrooms, sliced-½ cup Broccolini, chopped- 3 stalks Whisk 2 eggs in a bowl. Stream in 1-cup warm water (preferably vegetable stock for more flavor) and continue to whisk. Season with salt. Use a sieve to strain custard mixture. Pour into a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and pierce plastic wrap in 3-5 different spots, this will allow steam to escape to yield a smooth silky surface. Prepare steamer. Water should be boiling hot. FOR A MAKESHIFT STEAMER, use a pot that is wide enough to place the bowl into. Place the bowl into steamer or pot, and lid the steamer or pot. Steam for 10 minutes(SET A TIMER!) over a gentle simmer for a silky texture. A rolling boil will create large bubbles. While savory custard is steaming, heat large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 T of oil. Place mushrooms in the pan to sear until golden brown for about 3-5 minutes. Season. Flip mushrooms and move to one side of the pan. Add broccolini to pan for a quick saute, about 3-5 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the pot from heat. Remove the lid to allow the bowl to cool a bit before removing from pot. Drizzle with soy sauce and sesame oil. Garnish with scallions and vegetables. Spoon over rice or on top, or eat by itself. Enjoy the jiggle!

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Yields 2 servings
Eggs, room temp- 2ea
Water or stock, 115F- 1 cup
Salt-pinch
Scallions, chopped- 2 T
Light soy sauce-2 t
Sesame oil -1 t
Mushrooms, sliced-½ cup
Broccolini, chopped- 3 stalks

Whisk 2 eggs in a bowl.
Stream in 1-cup warm water (preferably vegetable stock for more flavor) and continue to whisk. Season with salt.
Use a sieve to strain custard mixture.
Pour into a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and pierce plastic wrap in 3-5 different spots, this will allow steam to escape to yield a smooth silky surface.
Prepare steamer. Water should be boiling hot. FOR A MAKESHIFT STEAMER, use a pot that is wide enough to place the bowl into.
Place the bowl into steamer or pot, and lid the steamer or pot. Steam for 10 minutes(SET A TIMER!) over a gentle simmer for a silky texture. A rolling boil will create large bubbles.
While savory custard is steaming, heat large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 T of oil. Place mushrooms in the pan to sear until golden brown for about 3-5 minutes.
Season. Flip mushrooms and move to one side of the pan. Add broccolini to pan for a quick saute, about 3-5 minutes.
After 10 minutes, remove the pot from heat. Remove the lid to allow the bowl to cool a bit before removing from pot.
Drizzle with soy sauce and sesame oil. Garnish with scallions and vegetables.
Spoon over rice or on top, or eat by itself. Enjoy the jiggle!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020: Tai Chi with Justin Garcia

If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi. Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. Join Master Justin Garcia today as he leads a virtual Tai Chi lesson @USC_PAM.