What is mindfulness?
“Mindfulness” is a moment-to-moment practice that requires having an awareness of yourself and your environment. It’s about recognizing your surroundings and how you interact with them.
Why is this important for students? Practicing mindfulness can help you manage stress, stay calm and remain focused in classes. “Mindful Moments” classes at U of T offer students opportunities to learn about mindfulness and the practice of secular and religious meditation. Locations, times, and instructors vary, and participants are invited to drop in at any time during the school year –and beginners are always welcome.
Mindfulness professional Sarah Kinsley leads her Mindful Moments class in the Hart House Activities Room on Wednesdays at 12:30 PM. She creates a serene environment where participants are invited to kick off their shoes and relax in the space. Her class is a combination of guided meditation (suitable for beginners) and mindful movements, which are often slow and controlled body motions.
Aside from enhancing the mind and body, there are social benefits to participating in Mindful Moments. Classes foster a sense of community as well as feelings of support, and “students have the opportunity to meet new friends and expand their social support network”, says Jill Cressy, Assistant Manager of Fitness and Instruction at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education.