» Mindfulness Meditation

Dean Stearns teaches Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation. This is a practice that has ancient roots in many religious practices, and is compatible with most religious traditions. It is a way of centering in the present, open to possibility and the bounteous life we are gifted with.

Mindfulness practice helps us cultivate the capacity within for:

  • appreciating our surroundings at any given moment
  • reducing anxiety through awareness of stories we tell ourselves that often cause anxiety
  • self-awareness
  • being more grounded in our bodies
  • compassion for ourselves
  • compassion for others

Scientific evidence is growing to support the effectiveness of mindfulness in cultivating these qualities. Science is discovering what many religious practitioners have known for centuries. We learn from many sources that it is good to love our neighbors as ourselves, yet often we do not have compassion for the self. Mindfulness enables us to approach our own life with curiosity, acceptance and grace, as we develop a greater capacity for compassion for others.

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Read more on Mindfulness Meditation in an article featured in the school newspaper.

Read more on Stress Relief through Mindfulness Meditation (.PDF).

Check out iTunesU Mindfulness Meditation With Sound Healing by Chapman University. This course is a guided meditation that introduces the practice of mindfulness, created at Chapman University by Dr. Gail Stearns and Jody Theissen

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Upcoming Sessions

Spring 2020

Open Labyrinth Walks

9am-3pm Mondays in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel
*Except during Spring Break

Prayer/Meditation Room

Open 8am-9pm Monday-Friday during the semester
*Except during Spring Break

Sound Healing

Bring a yoga mat or blanket

Location: Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center

Who: Open to Students, Staff, Faculty and Friends of Fish

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Dates: TBD

Mindfulness for Students

New to Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a quality and practice. Simply, mindfulness is paying attention to your present moment experiences with curiosity (instead of judgment), an openness and a willingness to be ok with your present moment experience. This quality of attention and awareness can be developed and help college students become more reflective and resilient. We can practice and be more mindfully aware of how we interpret stressful situations and choose to respond skillfully. Other positive results include:

  • Better memory and learning
  • Better study habits
  • Better sleep
  • Better well-being

Here are some helpful tips to practice being mindful:

  • Mindful Eating: Take the time to eat slowly and enjoy your food without interruptions for at least the first 3 bites.
  • Mindful Tech Use: When you study, put your phone out of sight for 1 hour and come back to it only once the hour is up.
  • Take a walk and really focus, pay attention to the physical sensations of walking and your surroundings.
  • Listen to sounds around you by really being curious about the qualities and characteristics of the sounds you hear.
  • In a seated position, pay attention to the physical sensations of your feet, your hands, and your body seated in the space. Take this grounded, restful break.

Here are several short mindful instructional videos to help get you started:

STOP exercise:

Mindful Grounding exercise:

Mindful Breathing exercise (5 minutes):