Mindfulness Programs

Snow-covered treeOur programs invite people to be active participants in caring for themselves, using their internal resources to cultivate health, happiness, and well-being in all kinds of circumstances. Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening as it’s happening in an open, non-judgmental, accepting, and compassionate way. This awareness supports us in not letting life pass us by while lost in anticipation of the possible future or memories of the past. Developing habits of responding wisely and skillfully to what is actually occurring is relevant when faced with healing from chronic stress and/or chronic health issues such as pain, physical illness, depression or anxiety, and also in the joys, responsibilities, and challenges of daily living.

Mindfulness Midweek Meditation

Fourth Wednesday of each month (except December)
12:10 to 12:50 p.m.
UI Stead Family Children's Hospital Meditation Room (Level 12)
Open to the public

Mindfulness meditation, an ancient practice for modern times, is the core of the programs. Being mindful is an ability we already have but often lose touch with. Meditation is the practice that supports us in integrating it into daily living in an accessible, sustainable way. Taught in a secular, non-religious manner, it speaks to the universal experience of being human. Programs are offered throughout the world in medical institutions, educational settings, businesses, the military, and correctional systems. Scientific research supports the benefits of mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness Programs

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction—for stress, chronic pain/illness, anxiety, low moods, sleep disturbance, promoting self-care, wellness, and quality of life.
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy—for preventing depression relapse and/or relating skillfully to anxiety.
  • Mindfulness for Undergraduate Students—learning life skills including: navigating transitions, attending with clarity and focus, interrupting unhealthy habits, making more skillful choices, and cultivating self-compassion. Students have the opportunity to examine the research on mindfulness and consider its personal/professional relevance.
  • Mindfulness Follow-Up Groups—offered to those who have completed any of the above programs, to support the deepening of mindfulness practice in everyday living.

Our programs, since 1996, are modeled after the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

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