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Mindfulness is moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness, cultivated by paying attention. Mindfulness arises naturally out of living and can be strengthened through practice, sometimes called meditation. Learn more about this powerful way of reducing stress by learning how to better manage your mind and by staying in touch with what is bountiful in your life. 

Benefits of Mindfulness

Research has shown that incorporating mindfulness meditation practice in your daily life can help:

  • Decrease stress and anxiety
  • Improve concentration and attention
  • Promote greater awareness of body sensations, emotions, and thoughts
  • Build compassion for self and others
  • Foster meaning and purpose
  • Develop connections
  • Regulate emotions
  • Increase capacity for reflection and insight
  • Boost tolerance of uncertainty and ambiguity

Practicing Mindfulness at UChicago

In addition to UChicago Student Wellness's Mindfulness Meditation Course and Weekly Mindfulness Meditation Sessions, there are a variety of ways you can practice mindfulness meditation at UChicago.

Twenty Minutes Still

Twenty Minutes Still is a drop-in meditation session with qualified instructors every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. during Summer 2021. Join these sessions in UChicago Spiritual Life's Virtual Living Room. Email spirit@uchicago.edu for more information.

Hyde Park Zen Meditation

Spiritual Life and Ancient Dragon Zen Gate provide zazen meditation, dharma talks about their practice, and community discussion on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 7:30pm. Email hydeparkzen@googlegroups.com or visit this webpage for more information.

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