FEAP works in conjunction with UVA Mindfulness Center, the UVA Compassionate Care Initiative, and the UVA Contemplative Sciences Center in order to provide mindfulness programs and resources accessible online as well as in person.
What is Mindfulness?
The word "meditation" is like the word sports in that there are many different forms. Mindfulness is an awareness practice and is about paying attention, on purpose, to the moment you are in without judgment (Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.). It’s been described by many as very simple but not easy. As with most skills you would like to hone, mindfulness takes practice and can reap great rewards.
What are the Benefits?
The specific benefits of Mindfulness are well documented by science. Mindfulness is associated with:
- Enhanced ability to focus
- Greater ability to manage emotional impulses
- Greater resilience and more rapid recovery from adversity
- Less impact from stress
- Less anxiety, dysphoria, and depression
- Improved sleep
- Improved self-control