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Practice mindfulness

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when we pay attention to our present moment experience with openness and curiosity. We all have this ability to come home to ourselves and find peace, even in the midst of stress and difficulty.

Just as we can strengthen the body and increase our physical endurance with regular exercise, the regular practice of mindful awareness is associated with beneficial changes in the brain that increase resilience, promote physical and mental well-being, and improve focus.

There are many ways to practice mindfulness, including sitting and walking meditation, yoga, art, and spending time in nature. We can also bring mindful awareness to daily activities such as: driving, listening to music, eating, and washing the dishes.

Mindful BCIT

This free 5-week group was created by a BCIT Counsellor to help students thrive at BCIT and beyond.

Each 60-minute session is a combination of instruction, guided practice, group sharing and inquiry that will introduce the basic principles of mindfulness and help you bring mindful awareness into daily life.

Week 1: Introduction to Mindfulness
Week 2: Coming to Our Senses: Mindfulness of the Body
Week 3: Watching the River Flow: Working with Thoughts
Week 4: Emotions and Self-Compassion
Week 5: Relationships and Mindful Living

The next Mindful BCIT group will be held at the Burnaby campus on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm from February 1 – March 1, 2023.

Contact Judy Bushnell at judy_bushnell@bcit.ca by January 25, 2023 to register for this group. Space is limited.

Mindful Brain Breaks

Practice mindfulness with other students in a friendly, relaxing environment. Return to class refreshed, focused and ready to learn.

Each 30-minute session is a combination of instruction, guided practice, group sharing and inquiry.

We will be sitting on chairs (no need to bring a cushion or yoga mat), and no special clothing is required. Come as you are!

Beginners welcome! No registration required.

Burnaby

Wednesdays, September 21 – November 30, 2022

2:30 – 3:00 PM

SE14 – Room 303 (Library)

Downtown

Thursdays, September 15 – November 24, 2022

12:30 – 1:00 pm

Room 476