Mindfulness is gaining successful momentum on college campuses, including the Illinois State community where mindfulness classes consistently take place. Jon Kabat-Zinn is a recognizable name in mindfulness, founding the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where Kabat-Zinn focuses on using mindfulness for stress reduction.
Simply put, mindfulness teaches us to live in the present more than the past or future where regrets or anxieties may reside. It works by helping us become aware of the present experience without judgment. Mindfulness is intended to be practiced and cultivated over the course of time reaping several benefits.
What can mindfulness do for you?
Studies have suggested mindfulness has many positive effects on emotional and physical well being. Mindfulness has been helpful with:
- Reducing stress, depression, and anxiety
- Improving memory and focus
- Supporting emotional regulation and relational health
- Enhancing empathy and compassion
- Improving sleep and healthful eating
- Reducing blood pressure
Take advantage of what mindfulness has to offer as a student or employee and sign up for the upcoming mindfulness classes on campus!
- Koru Basic Mindfulness for Students: Meets Tuesdays on October 2, 9, 16, and 23, 3:30–4:45 p.m. in 260 McCormick Hall
- Koru 2.0 Mindfulness Class for Employees: Meets Wednesday, October 3, 10, 17, and 24, 12–1 p.m. in 186 McCormick Hall
- Koru 2.0 Mindfulness Class for Students and Employees: Meets Tuesdays November 6, 13, 27, and December 4, 3:30–4:45 p.m. in 183 McCormick Hall.