» 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.

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

Read more on Stress Relief through Mindfulness Meditation here.

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

Stacked Rocks

+ - Upcoming Sessions

Fall 2018

Mindfulness Certificate

Location: Wilkinson Founders Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center
When: Mondays 12-1 p.m. 6 weeks, Sept 10-Oct 15

Would you like to practice being more present and mindful, minimizing stress and drama in your life? Join us for these sessions each week. We begin with a brief introduction and join in practicing mindfulness meditation together, then receive a new weekly instruction in mindfulness practice. These instructions will include how to: deal with run-away thoughts, various emotions, physical pain, problem-solve, and simply be more present and centered. Whether you have no experience or are wanting a refresher, join us for the hour! Led by Gail Stearns, Dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel.
For questions email stearns@chapman.edu.

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: 7:30 p.m.


  • Mon. Sept. 10 - Sound Healing with Mindfulness Meditation – Gail Stearns and Jody Theissen, Sound Alchemist
  • Mon. Oct. 15 - Sound Healing with Labyrinth Walk – Nancy Brink and Jody Theissen
  • Mon. Nov. 12 - Sound Healing with Mindfulness Meditation – Gail Stearns and Jody Theissen
  • Mon. Dec. 3 - Sound Healing with Labyrinth Walk – Nancy Brink and Jody Theissen