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.
Want to increase your mental resilience in challenging times? 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 help you understand basic principles of mindfulness, begin or enrich a personal meditation practice, and bring mindfulness 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 live on Zoom at 3:00 pm (1 hour) on Wednesdays from March 31 – April 28, 2021.
Contact Judy Bushnell by March 24, 2021 to register for this group. Space is limited.
Mindfulness at Home
You may find it helpful to explore mindfulness resources from the comfort of your home or while out in nature. We have collected some resources that can guide you through learning more about and practicing mindfulness on your own. You are also welcome to book an appointment with a Counsellor to ask follow-up questions and/or get support applying mindfulness in your life.
Free Weekly Virtual Meditation Schedule
Join UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Centre teachers in Weekly Virtual Meditation Drop-In Sessions. These 30-minute sessions will offer an online community of meditation support and teachings. No need to register, come as you are.
You can access guided meditations at any time on the free app UCLA Mindful
Apps and Online Resources for Mindfulness and Well-being
- Mindshift App. Free app created by Anxiety Canada that provides tools for managing anxiety and stress.
- Insight Timer. Free app with mindfulness meditations and guided visualizations to help with sleep, anxiety, stress, self-confidence, and relaxation.
- MyLife. Free app for mindfulness, meditation, breathing, yoga, guided journaling, and other supported/guided activities.
- UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center Guided Meditations. Free online guided meditations.
- Calm App Covid-19 Free Resources. Soothing meditations, sleep meditations, sleep stories, calm music, calm body, calm masterclass, calm kids, mindfulness resources, practices to find ease.
Websites with Guided Mindfulness Practices and More
- Center for Mindful Self-Compassion
- Contemplative Mind in Higher Education
- UC Berkeley Greater Good in Education
- UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
Mindful brain break (paused until further notice)
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.
Location: SE14–303 (Library)
Location: Room 381