Mindfulness

Mindfulness is simply paying attention, in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment.  Practicing mindfulness can increase our mental health, physical health, and overall well-being.  Learn more below about Mindfulness—what it is, how you can practice it, and how it can help you as a student. 

RESOURCES 

22 Mindfulness Exercises, Techniques & Activities.  From PositivePsychology.com, this page offers many different videos, recordings, and activities to practice mediation in your daily life. 

All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes.  When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. 

How to Start Meditating in 6 Simple Steps. Want to begin a meditation practice but don't know how?  Here are the must-know basics to get you started! 

Why Aren’t We Teaching Mindfulness? This TedTalk gives us insight into mindfulness and its benefits along with the intersection of trauma.   

Mindful Meditation Podcasts. Meditations from UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. Each week has a different theme, and usually includes some introductory comments, a guided meditation, some silent practice time, and closing comments. Each session also offers a new daily life practice for the week. 

Mindfulness Mondays. These sessions offered by the Office of Health Promotion take place every Monday at 12pm for GU students and employees. Join us for a guided meditation or reflection to set your intentions for the week. This 15-minute session is a great way to increase your well-being and make cura personalis a priority in your life!  For more information, see our weekly announcement in Morning Mail. 

APPS 

BreatheCalm Aura and Sleep.  Breathing consciously can be a wonderful tool to help you relax, reduce stress and anxiety, sleep better, and live a mindful life. Take a couple of minutes a day for yourself and you'll notice that life really does come in pretty colors. $0.99 on Android and iTunes. 

Buddhify is here to help you bring more calm, clarity and kindness to all parts of your life.  Whether you're looking to reduce stress and anxiety, or get a better night's sleep, Buddhify has easy-to-follow guided meditations to bring mindfulness to all parts of your life, with exercises for whatever you're doing and wherever you are. $2.99 on Android and $4.99 on iTunes. 

Headspace is meditation made simple. Guided meditations suitable for all levels from Headspace. Meditation can help improve your focus, exercise mindful awareness, relieve anxiety and reduce stress.  Free on Android and iTunes.

Liberate. Culturally sensitive meditation practices and talks to promote healing among the BIPOC community.  Curated content from 40+ BIPOC teachers with diverse backgrounds in lineage, perspective, and approach, offers resources for common experiences like internalized racism and micro-aggressions.