Attend weekly or monthly drop in Mindfulness programs, book a class at the Living Well studio, sign up for our workshop series, Mindful Living, or deepen your practice through our faciliator training program.

The UVM Mindfulness Program guides you in cultivating resiliency, self-awareness, compassion, and well-being. Through participating in mindfulness-based meditation and movement classes, trainings, and retreats, you will develop foundational skills for caring for yourself, building healthy relationships, responding to challenges, and engaging in skillful action. Find us at Living Well!

We offer:

  • Mindfulness-based series and drop-in classes.
  • A Mindfulness Facilitator Training Program and leadership track for UVM students
  •  Full and half day meditation retreats
  •  Mindfulness activities hosted across campus
  •  Presentations and workshops upon request
  •   One-on-one mindfulness support session

For more information contact livingwell@uvm.edu.

What is Mindfulness?

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There are many definitions out there, especially since mindfulness has become a buzzword in popular culture. Mindfulness is best known for being a stress management tool. And although mindfulness does help with stress management, it is so much more...

One way to talk about mindfulness is that it is a way of getting to know ourselves, others, and the world around us so that wisdom, compassion and open-heartedness can naturally arise.

“Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away and become someone better. It's about befriending who we already are.”
-Pema Chodron

There are two attentional skills involved in cultivating mindful awareness:

Relaxation is the ability to allow sensory experience (sight, sound, body sensations, thoughts, and emotions) to come and go without pushing away or holding on. Synonyms: equanimity, allowing, acceptance, non-judgement.

Concentration is the ability to direct your attention to what you choose and get to know your sensory experience with clarity. Synonyms: focus, presence, paying attention.

Why Practice Mindfulness?

  • Some people are interested in mindfulness to:
  • improve focus and performance
  • build resiliency
  • change unhealthy behaviors
  • develop greater self-compassion
  • be of greater service to others and the world
  • improve relationships
  • deepen spiritual life
  • decrease suffering
  • increase fulfillment and overall well-being

...and for numerous of other reasons.

Whatever our reason is for being curious about mindfulness, we don't really know what we will find until we give it a try. Let yourself be surprised!

 

"If you are awake you cannot do otherwise than act compassionately to help relieve the suffering you see around you.” - Thich Nhat Hanh