Mindful Monday Walks
Come join the UNI Counseling Center on a mindful walk in nature. There is no sign-up necessary and no committment. You can feel free to come to as many or as few as you would like. if you would like to participate, please meet outside the Student Health Clinic at 8:30 a.m. starting on Monday, September 21st, 2020. These sessions will be held outdoors and physical distancing practices are required.
What is "Mindfulness"?
According to mindful.org, mindfulness "...is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us. The art of mindfulness largely arose from early Buddhism and Hindu teachings, and was not popularized in the United States until around the 1970's (Selva, 2020). In the United States, Jon Kabat-Zin is widely regarded as the popularizer of mindfulness practices as he studied mindfulness under several influential Buddhist instructors, such as Thich Nhat Hanh (Selva, 2020). Kabat-Zin later went on to to use his understanding of mindfulness to create the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program (Selva, 2020). Today, mindfulness can be found in many places from popular phone apps such as Headspace to key components of psychological therapy (e.g., Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance & Committment Therapy; headspace, Selva, 2020)
How can I practice mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a relaxation technique that is always available to us, whether in the form of full body scans, meditations or simple daily mindful moment practices (Mindful.org). Mindful.org has a fantastic guide for people interested in learning more about mindfulness or wanting to engage in mindful activities (START HERE). There are tons of other resources and activities available to learn more about mindfulness and mindfulness exercises.