Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.

—Jon Kabat-Zinn

Our education system is rooted in the traditions of rational thinking and outward observation. Mindfulness offers us a different perspective on what it means to be focused and engaged.

As our culture becomes increasingly interconnected and digitalized, it can be difficult to keep up due to constant interruptions, multiple demands, and the stressors of daily life. Learning mindfulness skills can empower students by increasing their capacity to become more present and aware of thoughts and emotions.

Mission of the IUP Mindfulness Living Learning Community

To provide IUP students opportunities to:

  • Develop a personal mindfulness practice
  • Deepen the capacity for insight and reflection
  • Learn ways to reduce stress and increase confidence
  • Cultivate a more compassionate attitude toward themselves and others

Although much of the mindfulness literature draws from the Buddhist tradition, its main values are secular in nature, and can be used within any faith or contemplative path

The benefits of practicing mindfulness include

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Improved concentration
  • Greater awareness of body sensations, thoughts, and emotions
  • Increased compassion for oneself and for others
  • Greater sense of meaning and purpose day-to-day
  • Improved emotional regulation
  • Increased capacity for reflecting and gaining insight
  • Boosted tolerance of uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Greater sense of connection to all beings
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Check out some videos about mindfulness and what it can do for you!

Dan Harris is a television journalist and the author of 10% Happier. Formerly a meditation skeptic, he shares the invaluable effects of practicing mindfulness.