Mindfulness Stress Reduction

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training. Read more about mindfulness. In other words, it is concentrating on purpose. This technique serves to reduce stress, regulate emotions and has been clinically proven to increase grey matter in the brain , leading to lasting change and increased resiliency.

Mindfulness includes and is not limited to:

  • Mindfully and purposefully engaging in action with awareness. Tasks could include: mindful eating, taking sips of tea, concentrating on driving without letting the mind drift.
  • Engaging in purposeful time for mindfulness meditation or meditation. This type of mindfulness is commonly thought of sitting in a quiet room with legs crossed, and concentrating on the breath, or watching thought float by without connecting to it.
  • Activities such as painting, colouring, walking the dog, playing with children etc. where the awareness is only on the task at hand.

Quiet Your Mind

Drop-in every second Wednesday to practice mindfulness meditation with Bhante Nada.

Dates: Jan 15, Jan 29, Feb 12, Feb 26, Mar 11, Mar 25, Apr 8, Apr 22
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: CAT 406 - Reflection Room

Guidelines for joining the group meditation:

  • Please be silent in the room. Open any bags outside the room.
  • Take your shoes off.
  • Help yourself to a cushion located in the left side of the cabinet on the left side of the room, or sit on a chair.
  • Sit in stillness and join the practice at your own pace.
  • Feel free to ask questions during the practice.

Try it Now – Meditation and Mindfulness

Sandra Durban, a NAIT staff member, has generously offered the following resources to help enrich your sense of calm. Sandra will also be offering a Meditation Practice course.

How to wash your hands 
As with meditation practice, always begin with something easy, like how to wash your hands mindfully.

Listen to the guided meditation (5 minutes)

Meditation helpers

It is best to listen to these recordings while lying on your back on the floor, a firm bed or a firm couch. Place your hands by your sides and allow your feet to flop to the side. You might want to cover yourself with a blanket to keep warm. This recording is designed to help you relax deeply, so please do not listen while operating machinery or doing any other task that requires your full attention to be safe. If you fall asleep during this relaxation, that’s okay. It just means your body needed to sleep.

Try these guided meditation