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.
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 Health Promotion and Wellness’s Mindfulness Meditation Course and Retreat, there are a variety of ways you can practice mindfulness meditation at UChicago.
Mindfulness Practice: Returning to Center
Gather in Rockefeller Chapel to be part of a group cultivating mindful living and exploring the relationship of mindfulness to spirituality. Each session includes mindfulness meditation practice, brief instruction on practices rooted in the psychology research on resilience, and opportunity for questions and discussion. Participants should expect to arrive in silence. Register here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Twenty Minutes Still
Twenty Minutes Still is a drop-in meditation session with qualified instructors every weekday morning at 8 a.m. during the academic year in Bond Chapel. Email email@example.com for more information.
Wake Up UChicago
Wake Up UChicago is a student-run weekly meditation practice on Sundays from 1–2 p.m. in Ida Noyes Hall. It includes brief guided seated meditation, walking meditation, and discussion. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the email group.
Spiritual Life and Ancient Dragon Zen Gate provide meditation instruction for those who are new to the practice, followed by 35 minutes of meditation, Wednesdays at 5 p.m. during the academic year in Rockefeller chapel. Email email@example.com for more information.