Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally. - Jon Kabat-Zinn
Learn how to relax and focus in the midst of daily stress. Experience the health benefits of mindfulness through one of our workshops or drop-in sessions on campus.
About mindfulness meditation
Mindfulness meditation is about being aware in the present moment. We spend a lot of time focusing on what happened in the past and worrying about the future, and this distracts us from what we want to do in the moment. It also creates a lot of stress! But with mindfulness we can learn to slow down and appreciate the present.
In practice, mindfulness is about maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Would you like to be more calm, confident and connected? Learn to practice mindfulness techniques that will increase your relaxation and resiliency.
You can find a variety of mindful moments around the St. George Campus! Sessions run from Sept 21, through until the end of March. All are welcome to drop-in any time. No experience necessary.
Food and Mood
Join us for a mindful exploration of healthy eating and how our relationship with food can affect our mood. This is an interactive program that combines relaxation and mindfulness meditation exercises with practical nutrition knowledge. With the help of a Registered Dietitian we will learn how to translate Canada's Food Guide into a useful nutrition tool, learning ways to pace and plan meals and integrate healthy snacks, and about the importance of regular exercise for optimal health and academic performance.
Registration: To register, call the Health & Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030. This workshop is open to all students, but limited to 25 participants, so register early! If you are unable to attend, please provide 48 hours’ notice of your cancellation.
When: October 5, November 2, December 7, February 1 and March 1
Time: 5:10 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Health & Wellness, Room B, Koffler Student Centre, 214 College Street, 2nd Floor (enter through Housing Services)
Facilitators: Laurie Coleman, RSW, Health & Wellness, and Robert Smith, RD, Health & Wellness
Books for reference
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink Ph.D. available on Amazon.
Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food by Jan Chozen Bays available on Amazon.
Mindless eating explores the decisions we make about food and how we can take action to make more effective choices.
The Center for Mindful Eating explores our relationship to food to help you have a more balanced life.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for anxiety
MBCT is a group-based program that combines mindfulness training and principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It was originally developed for prevention of depression and here it has been adapted for management of anxiety. You will learn new skills to handle your thoughts and feelings in a class of about 12 to 15 people.
In eight 2-hour sessions, the class will meet to learn new ways of dealing with what goes on in our minds and to share and review experiences with other class members. After the eight weekly sessions are over, the class will meet again four times over the following few months for reunions and to see how things are progressing.
This program is open to graduate students, undergrad students, and full-time students.
Where: Health & Wellness Group Room B, Mezzanine Level (enter through Housing Services), Koffler Student Centre, 214 College Street
More mindfulness resources
Meditation Resources, Office of Health Professionals Student Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, U of T
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programs (MBSR)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at CAMH