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Mindfulness

Central Campus - Students, Faculty, and Staff

  • Students, Faculty and Staff sessions will be every Monday and Thursday from 12 -12:30pm, G243 Angell Hall. 
    Note, our last session for the fall term will be Thursday, December 20, 2018. We will resume sessions again for winter on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

Students, please sign up using the Google form

Faculty and staff, to be added to the email reminder list, please contact Erin Trame at etrame@umich.edu

North Campus - Students, Faculty, and Staff

  • Wednesdays, 12-12:30 in EECS 3433

Students, please sign up using the Google form

Faculty and staff, to be added to the email reminder list, please contact Dmitry Berenson at dmitryb@umich.edu  

Other Sessions

  • Tuesdays, 12-12:30, Being in Tune @ the Ann Arbor Public Library Main Branch (corner of 5th and William), 3rd Floor.

  • Fridays, 12-12:30 via Mixlr. Join with this link: http://mixlr.com/spacetobreathe/
 

Introduction to Mindfulness

 
These sessions are open to all and will be held in G243 Angell Hall
Thursday, November 8, from 4:00 - 4:30pm
Monday, November 12 from 10:00 - 10:30am
Are you interested in learning about Mindfulness, but have been reluctant to attend one of our noon sittings due to the fact they are 25 minutes in length? Would you like the opportunity to try some shorter meditation sittings with time for questions and answers afterwards? If so, then please come to one of our Introductory Mindfulness sessions. We will start with a short (5-10 minute) body scan, followed by some discussion time, and then follow this with a short (5-10 minute) following of your breath. You are welcome to attend as many of these sessions as you like, but the format will be essentially the same.

 

About Mindfulness@Umich

Students can sign up for Mindfulness@Umich on this form.

Take a moment to pause and “catch your breath” amid your busy and hectic schedule.  

Who can attend?

Mindfulness@Umich is a program that is available to all University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff. The sessions are 30 minutes long, flexible, and free.

Who leads the sessions?

The sessions are led by a group of students and staff who have received training to lead the 30 minute sessions. They also have personal practices.

Mindfulness@Umich Leaders

  • Dmitry Berenson, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Heather Goetsch, Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering
  • Erin Trame, Coordinator and Academic Advisor, Newnan Academic Advising

What should I expect?

I signed up a long time ago, can I begin coming now?  
No problem. The sessions are drop-in and are meant to be flexible.

I'll be a few minutes late. Will this be a problem?
Not at all. Stop by as soon as you can and stay as long as time allows. The sessions begin on time. If you have to enter late or leave a little early, we just ask that you do so quietly.

Are the sessions always in Angell Hall? 
We almost always practice in Angell Hall, but ​when the weather is nice, we might have a session in the Law Commons Courtyard or in the Arb.  

Is there anything that I need to know about the sessions? ​
The meditations are guided (which means there will be speaking throughout the meditation) and they ​last ​for 25 minutes. We typically sit in chairs, but you can choose to sit on the floor or bring a cushion to sit on. We often end the practice with a short metta or gratitude meditation. At the very end of the session, we'll spend a few minutes talking about issues that may have arisen in your meditation, recent research, or ways to practice outside of the session.  

I signed up but I can't make it every week.  
It's no problem to join in whenever your schedule allows.  There is no pressure or expectation to come to every session.

Can I be removed from the weekly reminder list?  
Absolutely. An email reminder comes from Mailchimp and you can remove yourself at any time.

Audio Resources

We understand that your schedule may not always allow you to make it to a session. Please feel free to keep up with your practice by using the recordings below that have been created by our group leaders.

Additionally, we have found the following sites to be useful with their audio recordings of guided meditations.

Here’s what students have to say about the sessions

“This weekly meditation brings so much peace to my life and I wish I could attend more frequently! It has helped me slow down when so much at this university is competitive and fast paced. It's taught me about self-love and caring for your own body in a way that maximizes your potential.”

For me, even a half hour away from some type of screen was really helpful. My main motivation to come to the sessions was to work on my test anxiety and stress related to grades. I think I made some progress with this and I hope to keep attending.

My life would not be the same if I hadn't gone to these meditation sessions. I would probably still be depressed and constantly overwhelmed if I weren't taught how to meditate by a great teacher.”

The sessions are wonderful and provide a nice relaxing and comfortable environment, without adding the stress of attending every session or attending on time. The sessions leave me rejuvenated and wanting to come back!

These sessions are a wonderful resource for students at the University, and I feel so lucky to have access to them. These sessions have really helped me.”

I have been so grateful for the mindfulness sessions on campus. My day is often so busy, that having the ability to access a quiet space–with guided meditation–feels like a constant gift on campus. The sessions always help me return to my day in a better frame of mind, and help me be more kind to myself. Even when I can't make it (which unfortunately is often), the weekly reminder emails often contain small words of wisdom or advice that help me take a moment to calm down.

I'm so grateful I began attending Denise's mindfulness sessions. Learning about meditation and contemplative practice has transformed my life in the most beautiful ways. Martha Travers' courses have also been life-changing. I am finally finding happiness in the present moment, and I feel more willpower to be present in my life than ever.