Improved resilience and health. Enhanced ability to manage stress and anxiety. These are things every Denisonian can benefit from. And mindfulness practices can help build these capacities in everyone.
The Mindful Denison initiative supports well-being among Denison students, staff, and faculty by bringing mindful practices to our campus via workshops, contemplative spaces, and support for people and communities of practice.
Through mindful awareness, we can avoid being on “auto-pilot,” and more often consciously choose how we live. And there is good scientific evidence that mindful practices help us to be more compassionate, toward ourselves and others.
Mindful Denison draws on evidence-based practices to support well-being. We value opportunities to take a mindful pause, re-center and carry on.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the art and practice of learning to pay attention to our present moment experience in a non-judgmental, curious and open way. It’s a state of in-the-moment awareness, or “mindful awareness” that we all have a natural capacity for — but that we don’t often purposefully practice or cultivate.
Ancient wisdom traditions have handed down tools to guide us in these practices, adapted over time, as an antidote to the stress and busyness of modern life. Practicing mindfulness provides evidence-based benefits in our daily life, including lowered stress and anxiety, and increased ease, joy, focus, self-compassion and resilience.
Mindful Denison offers accessible opportunities for Denison students, faculty and staff to learn about and practice mindfulness and experience the benefits for themselves.
- UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center
- UMass Center for Mindfulness
- Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
- American Mindfulness Research Association
- Free Guided (Evidence-Based) Mindfulness Meditation Practice
- Books: Mindfulness for Beginners (Jon Kabat-Zinn) Fully Present - The Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness (Diana Winston and Sue Smalley,) How to Train a Wild Elephant and other Adventures in Mindfulness (Jan Chozen Bays,) The Mindful Twenty-Something (Holly Rogers) Wherever You Go, There you Are (Jon Kabat-Zinn) , Real Happiness – The Power of Meditation (Sharon Salzberg,) Meditation for Beginners (Jack Kornfield)
- Mobile Apps: Headspace, Stop Breathe Think, Insight Timer, CALM
Please join Mindful Denison Coordinator and UCLA Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, Linnea Pyne, for introductory mindfulness practices to suit all levels of ability and interest. Practices will officially begin every 20 minutes but you are welcome to join at any time! A great start to your day, these basic practices allow you to access greater ease, focus, and clarity.
One of the most wonderful aspects of mindfulness practice is that you can do it anytime, anywhere! Linnea Pyne, Mindful Denison Coordinator and UCLA Certified Mindfulness Facilitator will be popping up around campus, offering instruction on short Mindfulness practices to help you create a pause in your day and learn to access your own mindful awareness. Mindfulness practice has a wide range of benefits from reducing stress to increasing focus and helping support self compassion and acceptance. Listen for the sound of the bell and join in - you might be surprised at just how accessible mindfulness is!
Mindful Study Breaks are Mindful Denison Coordinator and UCLA Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, Linnea Pyne’s, ongoing mindfulness practices developed specifically with the Denison student in mind. You will learn a basic mindfulness practice that can give you a break in your studies that week, help with your studying and focus in general, and also give you specific answers as to how mindfulness practice can support you as a student at Denison, whatever your path may be. Come have some chocolate, hang out for a few minutes and try it out!
The Mindful Denison Team
Please call 740-587-6200 and press #1 to schedule an appointment with a member of our medical or behavioral staff
*Given demand for student appointments, we ask that you cancel any appointment you are unable to attend.
Counseling “Walk-in Hour”:
No appointment necessary
Monday through Friday
11:30 am - 12:30 pm.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: