Mindfulness - The University Counseling Center
What is Mindfulness?
Well-known mindfulness teachers and scholars, like Jon Kabat-Zinn, often describe mindfulness as the “practice” of paying attention on purpose in the present moment. This simple (though not always easy) set of exercises has been shown to have wide application for improving quality of life even in the midst of stress and difficulties.
Research has demonstrated that this type of effort enhances sleep, helps with chronic pain,improves mood, decreases anxiety, and helps with attention issues. Mindfulness practice can also increase helpful skills including curiosity and non-judgment in participants’ daily lives. In other words, people who practice regularly often develop a greater sense of inner stability and compassion.
Mindful Lives that Matter - The Teaching and Learning Center
Contemplative Student Development in the Classroom and Beyond
Dr. Ulrike Wiethaus, Wake Forest University
“In the place of stillness, rises potential. From the place of potential, emerges possibility. Where there is possibility, there is choice. And where there is choice, there is freedom!” —Gabrielle Goddard
The motto of Pro Humanitate invites reflection about whether we truly are who we say we want to be. Can we understand humanity if we do not nurture awareness and understanding about ourselves? Can the goal of deep well-being for all of humanity and our natural environment be achieved without an appreciation for the creativity and strength that arises through a sharing of stillness, spaciousness, and silence? How can we best prepare a student body of emerging leaders for a fast-paced and often stressful and competitive global world, in which young women and men aspire to lead by personal example and model to others the power of compassion, generosity, and acceptance?
Exploring the Pro Humanitate potential of mindful living in the classroom and beyond is a transformative experiential strategy that links the strength of a liberal arts paradigm with Wake Forest University’s new emphasis on wellness and expanding neuroscientific knowledge about the positive impact of meditation and mindfulness on resiliency, creativity, and building compassionate communities.