Mindfulness has been practiced for thousands of years and has roots in both religious and non-religious traditions. Ancient roots of mindfulness can be traced back to Hindu yoga practices in India. It is also embedded in the Buddha's teachings. In the 2000s, there was a rapid increase in scientific research and institutional adaptation of mindfulness practices which helped increase its popularity. Many of those who learn modern practices of mindfulness are learning practices that have origins in Buddhist and Hindu tradition though it should be noted that mindfulness practices have roots in many other traditions and religions.
The benefits of mindfulness include:
Relieving/managing stress and anxiety
Improving general mood and sleep disturbances
Studies have shown some evidence of helping to reduce blood pressure and managing symptoms of other diseases
Increasing creativity and imagination
Mindful practices include:
How am I feeling today? What is making me feel this way?
What will I do if I feel anxious/stressed/worried today?
Name three things that you learned today.
Name three things that challenged you today.
I am aware of my interests and passions, which provide me with stimulation and inspire me. I feel grateful for…
It may be difficult to begin integrating mindfulness practices into your daily routine. However, you can begin by:
Prioritizing and setting time apart to indulge in the mindful practice you choose
Having mindful mornings by setting goals for the day when you wake up
Taking time to rid yourself of distraction and focusing on your emotions
Using guided meditation to help find what is best for you
The Office of Health and Wellness Promotion is located in the Shapiro Campus Center, room 247.