Mindfulness

What is it?

Mindfulness is awareness that comes from "paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally" - Jon Kabat-Zinn. It involves everything from eating, exercise, relationships, thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness can help with feelings of being overwhlemed, stressed or anxious. Ways to practice mindfulness are listed below. 

The Mindfulness Room

The Mindfulness Room is a space to relax and learn the contemplative skill of mindfulness. The space is open during normal CoRec hours and is free on a walk-in basis.

Free Mindful Meditations are offered in the Mindfulness Room on the following days and times:

  • Mondays | 10:30am and 4pm
  • Tuesdays | 7:30pm
  • Wednesdays | 4pm
  • Thursdays | 12pm and 6:30pm

Mindfulness Room reservations are available to groups for private sessions and are free to first time groups. Subsequent reservations come with a $10/hour rate. You can reserve the Mindfulness Room by emailing Cecelia Chapin, Wellness Graduate Intern. 

If you would like a meditation instructor, rates are $32.50 for half an hour and $65 for an hour session. To reserve an instructor, please complete a private class request form. For questions about reserving the space or an instructor, please email Will Evans.

Mindfulness Series Offerings 

Mindful Eating Series

Mindful Eating has many benefits including portion control, curving cravings and exploring new flavors in food! If you want to learn how mindful eating can help you, check out this free series.

Registration

Register for the Mindful Eating Series here. Click on Cooking Demos/Wellness and select Mindful Eating Series. You can also register in person at CoRec Member Services or by calling 765.494.3109.

Schedule

October 30 - Mindful Eating 101 | 6-7:30pm | Wellness Conference Room

We will begin with an overview of mindfulness, mindful eating, and the positive impact it can have on our lives. We will then explore our own mindfulness eating thoughts and behaviors to increase awareness when eating. 

November 1 - Core Concepts of Mindful Eating | 6-7:30pm | Wellness Conference Room

Next, we will delve deeper into the foundations of mindful eating, tactics for eating mindfully, and we will practice with different activities to increase mindfulness in our lives. 

November 6 - Application of Mindful Eating | 6-7:30pm | Wellness Conference Room/ Demonstration Kitchen

We will wrap up the series with a review of mindful eating tactics and practice mindful eating through a supported meal and discussion. 

The Mindfulness Series

The Mindfulness Series helps you rewind, focus, and tackle stress. Mindfulness is described as awareness that comes from paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment non-judgmentally. If you endlessly ruminate over stress, have a hard time focusing or simply want to be more intentional, this series can help you learn the skills you need to improve your well-being. 

Registration

You must be able to attend all four sessions in order to register. To register*, please stop by the CoRec Member Services or by calling 765.494.3109. If you have any questions, please email Will Evans, Asst. Dir. Health and Wellness Programs.

*The Mindfulness Series is open to Purdue students only.

Schedule

Feb. 12 - Mindful Eating | 5pm-6:15pm | Demonstration Kitchen

We will begin by introducing mindfulness to an everyday activity--eating! Come explore delicious recipes in the demonstration kitchen and learn to become more aware of the tastes, smells, sounds and sensations of food. 

Feb. 14 - Mindful Yoga | 5pm-6:15pm | Multipurpose Room 2

Next, we will explore mindfulness and bodily sensation. Learn how to be more aware of your own body as we go through some yoga moves.

Feb. 19 - Mindful Meditation | 5pm-6:15pm | Multipurpose Room 2

In this session we will apply mindfulness to our thoughts. Learn to sit in the midst of your thoughts and tame your mind as we practice meditation techniques. 

Feb. 21- Mindful Attention | 5pm-6:15pm | Large Conference Room

In this wrap up session we will go over the skills we learned and practice some ways to remain mindful of emotions. Learn some simple techniques for reducing stress and living in the moment. 

Practicing Mindfulness

There are many different ways to be mindful. From simple breathing to meditation, this section introduces you to practices for becoming more mindful. 

Simple things to try include:

  • Eat without watching TV or splitting your attention between your meal and another activity.
  • Walking to class without using your phone. Try to notice the enviornment -- the trees, the sounds, the smells. 
  • Driving without listening to the radio or music. Listen to the tires on the road, the wind as it blows by, the newfound silence of the car. 
  • Do some simple stretches and notice how our body reacts to that movement. 
  • Practice meditating and training your mind to accept its thoughts and feelings without judgement. 
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