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Calm the Body, Quiet the Mind, and Cultivate Awareness

Dear IUP Students,

As we begin the new school year, I would like remind you about IUP’s Mindfulness Living Learning Community. I am pleased to say that we have continued to grow, and currently have 13 faculty from a variety of colleges, three administrative staff, and six graduate students who serve as mentors for our community. The practice of mindfulness and meditation is now one of the most-studied fields in neuropsychology. Scientific evidence suggests that meditation can significantly impact the ability to focus attention, manage stress, increase of positive feelings, and feel more compassion for self and others. Brain scan studies have shown that there is actual cellular growth in areas of the brain associated with memory, emotional processing, and well being.* 

In March 2013, Dan Barbezat, director of Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, spoke at IUP. He was very positive about our program, and he believes that our vision to support contemplative learning in both the classroom and the residence halls “is a wonderful example of how we can work together to create integrated learning environments [and establish] a rich opportunity for students to grow and learn.”†

Calming the body and quieting the mind is a practice which cultivates the ability to be present, to reflect on oneself, and to build empathy and compassion for self and others.

It promotes ethical and relational awareness and helps shape character. It can serve as a powerful counterbalance to the fast-paced, distracting, and sometimes overwhelming world we live in.

IUP’s Mindfulness Living Learning Community invites faculty and staff as well as students to participate in events and activities.

Watch for information/brochure regarding Mindfulness Days at IUP with Katie Hammond Holtz, which will be sent out next week!

Save the Dates

  • October 18, November, 15, January 31, March 7

Please visit the Mindfulness Living Learning Community website for more information about who we are, where we are, and what we do.

IF you are interested in joining the MLLC, please contact Kim Weiner, associate professor and licensed psychologist, at

*see Salzberg, S. Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation (2011). Workman publishing.
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

Kim Weiner, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Licensed Psychologist
The Counseling Center
Center for Health and Well-Being