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.

Contents

About mindfulness Mindfulness meditation is about being aware in the present moment
Mindful Moments Learn to practice mindfulness techniques that will increase your relaxation and resiliency
Food & Mood A mindful exploration of healthy eating and how our relationship with food can affect our mood
Other Resources Additional helpful links

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.

Mindful Moments

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. 

Click here to view a full schedule of sessions.

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.

Workshops

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:  Events will resume in Fall 2017/Winter 2018, TBA September 2017.

Where: Health & Wellness, Group Room B, Koffler Student Centre, 214 College Street, 2nd Floor 

Direction (New!):

  • Follow the sign to Health & Wellness Centre, 2nd Floor and stop on the landing.
  • Enter the group room using the door on the Landing area (look for orange signs).
  • If you need elevator access, please see Elevator access to the 2nd floor Group Rooms.

Facilitators: Laurie Coleman, RSW, Health & Wellness, and Robert Smith, RD, Health & Wellness

Resources

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.

Additional information

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. 

Other resources

More on-campus opportunities  

Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation at the Multi-faith Centre

Foundations of Applied Mindfulness Meditation Program through U of T Continuing Studies

More mindfulness resources

Meditation Resources, Office of Health Professionals Student Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, U of T

Finding Peace in a Frantic World

Greater Good

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies

Mind and Sport Institute

Oxford Mindfulness Centre

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programs (MBSR)

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at CAMH