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What is mindfulness?

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Mindfulness encourages paying attention to what is happening during each moment of your life.  With mindfulness, we develop the ability to let go of worries and fears about the future, let go of concerns about the past, and experience the present moment with a sense of calm and curiosity. In a basic way, mindfulness gives us the ability to wake up to our life and stop the automatic way of living, which disconnects us from our body, mind, and relationships.  


Why is mindfulness helpful?

When we stop during our day to practice mindful awareness, we often realize our mind and body are in completely different places. This mind/body disconnection is present during a lot of mundane tasks, including brushing our teeth, driving the car, and eating. In fact, if you pay attention to what your mind is doing right now you might notice a fair bit of wandering off and disconnection occurring. Indeed, observing the mind often results in recognizing that our mind is often somewhere else - worrying, making plans, remembering a past problem, or passing judgment. In this way, we live life more from a place of mindlessness than mindfulness. Living mindlessly robs us of the present moment and prevents us from enjoying some of the most enjoyable things about being alive. Learning to wake up to our life and pay attention with mindfulness represents a starting point for reducing stress and connecting our mind and body.  

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Mindful Mondays

Drop-in for a FREE 30-minute Meditation Session 

Mondays @ 12:30 PM

Open to all students, faculty, and staff of the U. NO registration required, just drop by room 344 in the Student Services Building. Participants can attend as many times as they like so long as they are a student, faculty, or staff of the university.

Drop-in Meditation Sessions are led by a rotating group of facilitators who are clinicians of the UCC. Sessions are not conducted during semester breaks (unless otherwise posted).

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Mindful Finals: A Workshop for Stress & Test Anxiety Management

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  • Thursday, 4/26, at 11 AM – 12PM. 

Feeling stressed about finals projects, papers, and assignments? Feeling anxious about final exams? Then come to this workshop to learn how mindfulness may benefit you! Participants will learn mindfulness skills to assist them in managing finals stressors and test anxiety. This workshop is free and is open to graduate and undergraduate students of the U, and students to not need to be UCC clients to attend. All participants must register online to attend.

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Feel Better Now: Learning how to Cope with Anxiety and Depression (FREE)

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This 4 week workshop is currently being held in room 344 of the Student Services Building .

Spring 2018 Workshops:

  • Series 5: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM: runs 3/27-4/17.
  • Series 4: Thursdays, 11AM-12PM: runs 3/29-4/19.

The workshop series includes a set of 4 modules that are covered over the course of 4 weeks. It is highly recommended that participants start attending the workshop at module 1, but the modules may be attended in any order, and may be repeated. Participants will learn a variety of effective and practical skills they can use to manage anxiety, decrease sadness, and increase focus. See this overview for more information about the content covered and the dates/times of each workshop. Feel Better Now is open to students of the U (including those not taking course credits over summer sessions), and students do not need to be UCC clients to attend. All participants must register online to attend


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Last Updated: 3/12/18