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Positive Psychology and Meditation

Positive Psychology and Meditation

Practicing meditation can help reduce and manage stress, as well as improve memory and focus. It is our priority at Health & Wellness to continue providing UCSB students with content and programming to enhance your health and well-being. In this effort, we will be offering virtual and on-line programming, content and campaigns for spring quarter.


Mindfulness Meditation Practice: Meditation 101 | 2-2:30PM

Come learn the basics of mindfulness meditation. Click here to join the Zoom session.


Mindfulness Meditation Practice: Sit with Sean | 11-11:30AM

Explore a different meditation technique each week. Click here to join the Zoom session.


Mindfulness Meditation Practice: Outdoor Meditation | 2-2:30PM

Soak up the sun and relieve stress with others. Click here to join the Zoom session.


Mindfulness Meditation Practice: Guided Relaxation for Night Time | 9-9:30PM

Practice relaxation techniques designed to ease the transition from day to night. Click here to join our Facebook Live.


Mindfulness Meditation Practice: Compassion and Equanimity | 1-1:30PM

Join us in solidarity to manage stress and anxiety in the current climate of social distancing. Click here to join the Zoom session.

Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what were doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us. While mindfulness is something we naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis. Health and Wellness offers a variety meditations on campus each with different topics and themes.

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. Simply press play below for the Body Scan for Bedtime (audio guided meditation) to help clear your mind for a good night's sleep!

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Finding Centeredness in the Midst of Crisis


When everything seems out of control it is easy to get pulled into the chaos. Finding our center brings more grounded awareness and enables wiser discernment. Explore three techniques for finding your center as part of this meditation. Enjoy!

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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. Refreshments provided. Space limited to 14 participants.

Group 1

Tuesdays (starting 4/28, weeks 5-8) | 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Click here to register.


Group 2

Thursdays (starting 4/30, weeks 5-8) |9:00 AM - 10:15 PM

Click here to register.

Mindfulness Meditation Tips

Tip #1
Many meditations focus on the breath. Not because there is anything special about it, but because the physical sensation of breathing is always there and you can use it as an anchor to the present moment.
Tip #2
Throughout your meditation, you may find yourself caught up in thoughts, emotions, sounds—wherever your mind goes, simply come back again to the next breath. Even if you only come back once, that’s okay.
Tip #3
Join us each week for a free guided meditation with a with a certified facilitator. No particular experience or beliefs necessary. Mats and cushions provided. Check out our calendar for a list of meditation offerings. 

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Positive Psychology

Health & Wellness uses the science of positive psychology interventions to help students thrive. We define thriving as developing strong positive relationships, living the meaningful life full of purpose, developing skills throughout life, being a lifelong learner, accomplishing goals and increasing positive emotions.

Positive Psychology Tips

Tip #1
Practicing kindness acts on others can help one deal with unhelpful ruminations, increase feeling in control of one’s life, build skills, and see others in a more positive light.
Tip #2
Having a growth mindset—believing that we can change and learn throughout our lives—leads to optimistic ways of explaining adversity. Instead of saying, “I’m so stupid” one can say, “I made a mistake and I am learning. Learning a new skill takes time," and that leads to perseverance and seeking out new challenges that will ultimately make you even stronger.
Tip #3
People with strong social support are healthier and live longer. Reach out to others for help when you need it!

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You can also check out more COVID-19 resources by clicking on the link below:

Carol Ackerman Positive Psychology Website