Try out our free mindfulness meditation (or practice) online for all TU Dublin students and staff. Register to join online at any or all of the following sessions:
- Monday @ 1:25pm
- Tuesday @ 1:05pm
- Wednesday @ 8:20am
- Thursday @ 5:00pm
What is Mindfulness?
Sometimes the easiest way to describe something is to say what it’s not. Mindfulness is not sitting motionless for hours on end, getting pains in your back and neck! It’s all about practicing to live more in the present moment. Sure, that’s easy, isn’t it?
Ok, here’s a simple example – can you remember the last time you were aware that you were breathing? Or when you were eating an apple – did you really taste the apple, enjoy the experience? Or were you thinking of something else or too busy to slow down to enjoy it?
Now, you’re getting more of an idea of mindfulness – being more aware of what’s happening as it happens, and that includes the thoughts in our minds too, and how we might be feeling at any moment.
How can Mindfulness help me?
Research over the past 35 years has shown MBSR (Mindfulness-based stress reduction) to be an effective intervention for:
- Anxiety and Panic
- Low mood due to chronic stress
- Sleep Problems
- Stress-related symptoms
- Chronic illness and long-term pain
- Hypertension & Heart Disease
Mindfulness can enhance physical/mental health and well-being, boost the immune system and restore a sense of balance in your life.
Practicing mindfulness on a regular basis can help us to feel more alive and happy in our lives! Who wouldn’t want that! So why not give it a go?
The Mindfulness Meditation sessions are an initiative of the TU Dublin Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy service and have been developed through a link with The Sanctuary in Stanhope Street.
The goal of mindfulness meditation is to open up our awareness. It is a practice that takes us out of our heads and back to our heart.
(Dr. Tony Bates, Irish Times January 29th, 2013)