Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. It also involves acceptance, meaning that you pay attention to your thoughts and feelings without judging them — without believing, for instance, that there’s a right or wrong way to think or feel in a given moment.
When you practice mindfulness, your thoughts tune into what they’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
In this free six-week student-oriented program, participants learn how to build a regular mindfulness meditation practice, which helps build a different outlook toward subjects such as stress, procrastination, compassion and digital well-being. Course materials will help participants understand the science behind all these topics and how regular mindfulness meditation practice works in the brain.
The theoretical aspect of these sessions focuses on a topic and explains how mindfulness may help resolve issues related to the topic. The practical aspect then teaches one way to practice mindfulness. In all, participants will learn a total of six different ways. Sessions also include opportunities for group discussions and for you to give feedback to the instructor.
Signing up includes at-home practice. Participants must practice the meditation technique the instructor taught a certain amount of time per day. This time will increase a bit each week. The goal is to have meditated every day for the duration of the program.
For more information, send a private message on Facebook or by email. Program offerings are available once per semester, both on the Loyola and Sir George Williams campuses.