Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to our present moment experience with an attitude of compassionate curiosity. Rather than worrying about the future or rehashing the past, you hold your attention on the moment at hand.
Everybody inherently possess the ability to be mindful. However, with all the distractions and busy pace of life baked in to modern society, it takes practice to notice when our mind has wandered and effort to concentrate on the present.
Each quarter, we offer weekly drop-in meditations, campus collaboration events, and multi week workshops including Koru - An Introduction to Mindfulness Practices and Mindfulness for Social Justice with the Multicultural Center. While honoring the traditional roots of meditation practices, our programs are shaped by the rich history as well as the research based findings of mindfulness as a stress reduction tool. This includes improvements in focus, attention, self-compassion and even sleep! Facilitated by a trained instructor, all offerings are beginner friendly with no experience or particular beliefs needed. Come join us! *Currently all offerings will be over Zoom
Body Scan for Bedtime
It can be hard to control the noises surrounding us before we go to bed, especially in college. To help ease you into sleep, check out our short 10-minute bedtime meditation. Download below if your browser does not support HTML5 audio.
Koru Mindfulness & Meditation Series
The ability to calm the chatter in our minds is a crucial skill for the modern student. Learn evidence-based skills in meditation, stress-management and mindfulness techniques developed specifically for college-age students. This workshop series will include an interactive mobile app and complementary coursebook, The Mindful Twenty-Something, by Holly B. Rogers, MD. Students MUST commit to all 4 sessions in order to enroll. Space limited to 14 participants.
Mindfulness for Social Justice
By acknowledging how capitalist society places value on production over humanity, joy, and rest, this course aims to explore how self and community care may bring us closer to our authentic and full selves, which is necessary for doing social justice work. Using mindful practices as a way to learn more about oneself and create a community beyond the restrictions and expectations of our oppressive society, we hope to provide a tool kit for students to prevent burnout and promote self-preservation. In order to sustain ourselves and our work for the long-term, we must engage with restful practices that are truly restorative to our minds, bodies, and spirits. To that end, we will learn and practice methods to self-soothe, participate in community care, and understand rest as a truly revolutionary act. Our time together will also serve as a discussion space touching upon the topics of grief, rest, spirituality, and capitalism while prioritizing self-discovery, community care, and joy.
Take a listen to these guided meditations!
This one is for my fellow UCSB students! This short meditation includes references to your favorite study spaces and supplies. Whether you are grinding for a midterm, putting the finishing touches on a project or collaborating with your peers use this meditation to hit the cognitive reset button. Enjoy!
With the demands and responsibilities of daily life it is easy to get thrown off center. Being off balance warps the way we perceive the unfolding of our lives. This meditation uses targeted breathing and imagery to help reestablish our center bringing a sense of groundedness and balance.
Cooking is an age old practice. Across the gamut of human civilizations cooking plays an integral role in culture and family. Oftentimes cooking is accompanied by a feeling of being rushed and we miss out on the joy of the experience. This meditation helps us settle into the beautiful process of cooking while engaging all the senses. bon appétit.
Breathing happens all on its own, we don’t have to do anything. That being said, the process of breathing is often overlooked and goes unnoticed. This meditation breaks down the breath bringing nuance and understanding to the process of breathing. In just 5 short minutes you can experience for yourself the relaxing power of tuning into the most common of mindful anchors!
Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious is valid. Factors such as school, work, politics, and quarantine can lead to heightened stress. Take this as an opportunity to give yourself five minutes. Relax any tense muscles, breathe, and show yourself compassion.
Short Breath Meditation