Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the art of being present. 

According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of the mindfulness-based stress reduction program, being mindful is “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Through mindfulness, you are able to be aware of where you are and what you are doing and not be overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us.  All too often we get caught up in the daily stress of life, making you less productive, less successful, and ultimately less happy.   

Mindfulness Class

Health Initiatives will be offering a weekly mindfulness class for faculty, staff, and students in Spring 2018. Each class will provide a guided meditation and discussion of the benefits of continued practice. Mindfulness leads to a better understanding of oneself, greater emotional balance, and resilience.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, January 16th through April 24th
  • Time: 4pm - 5pm​
  • Location: Student Center Crescent Room
  • Cost: Free

You are welcome to drop-in to attend any class; no registration is required.

 

Mindfulness Week

Health Initiatives will be hosting a variety of events focusing on mindfulness and kindness this February. Stop by one or all of the events!

Mindful Nutrition Tabling
Join Health Initiatives and Dining Services as we kick off our mindfulness series and explore the benefits of using mindfulness to make smart nutritional choices. Healthy, nutritious snacks and information on other mindful events during the week will be offered.
  • Date: Monday, February 5, 2018
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Tech Walkway South
 
What is Mindfulness and Meditation?
Learn the benefits of mindfulness and meditation through this guided meditation. Through mindfulness, we can observe the nature of our thoughts, emotions, desires, and behaviors. This leads to a better understanding of oneself, greater emotional balance, and resilience. Join the GT Meditation Club and other students, faculty, and staff in achieving these goals. Hosted by GT Meditation Club.
  • Date: Monday, February 5, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Clough Commons 123
 
“On Presence: The Science of Mindfulness and Meditation” - Dr. Paul Verhaeghen, Professor, Psychology Department
Mindfulness and one of the roads to it, meditation, have become increasingly popular as a way to promote health and well-being. Meditation can create mindfulness in daily life, which becomes an ingrained habit if applied consistently--it can boost immune function; lower levels of stress, anxiety, or depression; lift affect; regulate emotion more easily; and make you happier. In this presentation, Georgia Tech Professor of Psychology Paul Verhaeghen will summarize this based upon his recent book on the subject, Presence: How Mindfulness and Meditation Shape Your Brain, Mind, and Life. Participants will learn the science behind mindfulness and meditation, receive an overview of what goes on inside the brain during meditation, and be able to summarize how meditation impacts health and well-being, and results in lowered levels of stress.
  • Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Student Success Center Press Room A
 
Chocolate and Meditation
Mindfulness is beneficial in helping us to make smart nutritional choices. Participants will be lead through a meditation session focused on relaxation and then be treated to a dark chocolate tasting – dark chocolate has been shown to improve heart health and cognitive function. Hosted by the YesPlus Club.
  • Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Student Center, Room 319
 
Heartfulness Meditation
Heartfulness meditation is a form of meditation on the heart that helps us to take a moment to pause our minds, relax, and connect with ourselves. This form of meditation is a simple approach that only requires you to focus inward, on your heart, to cultivate inner strength and serenity and achieve these benefits.  Regular practice of meditation has the following benefits: improved quality of life, stress relief, better quality of sleep, and greater concentration.  Join the GT Meditation Club and other students, faculty, and staff in achieving these goals. Hosted by GT Meditation Club.
  • Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: DM Smith 011
 
"Mindfulness Methods for Mental Acuity" - Dr. Monica Halka, Associate Director, Georgia Tech Honors Program
Mindfulness meditation encourages you to focus objectively on thoughts as they move through your mind so you can achieve a state of calm. There are also many ways that meditation is beneficial to mental acuity. Dr. Halka will explore the ways that mindfulness improves memory, focus, concentration, and understanding.
  • Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: West Village Dinning Commons room 277
 
Heartfulness Meditation

Heartfulness meditation is a form of meditation on the heart that helps us to take a moment to pause our minds, relax, and connect with ourselves. This form of meditation is a simple approach that only requires you to focus inward, on your heart, to cultivate inner strength and serenity and achieve these benefits. Regular practice of meditation has the following benefits: improved quality of life, stress relief, better quality of sleep, and greater concentration.  Join the GT Meditation Club and other students, faculty, and staff in achieving these goals. Hosted by GT Meditation Club.

  • Date: Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: DM Smith 011
 
5-week Meditation Course (every Sunday)
Sunday, February 4, 2018 – Sunday, March, 11, 2018
In this 5-week Meditation Course you will learn about meditation practices designed to bring about a greater sense of ease, calmness, and clarity of mind. Technology has transformed the world and our personal lives; however, many of us feel more distracted, distressed, and anxiety prone than ever before. This series will help you to learn how to calm the turbulence of your thoughts and discover the natural clarity and focus of the balanced mind. Course fee is $15.00. For details contact jtsukahara3@gatech.edu. Hosted by GT Meditation Club.