Do you ever feel like your thoughts are racing 100 miles a minute? Or that there’s just too much going on and you can’t find time to breathe? Feeling anxious and overwhelmed may even be affecting your schoolwork and grades. If this sounds familiar, mindfulness-based practices may be for you.
Mindfulness meditation originates from Buddhism and is the practice of being present and deliberately aware of our inner thoughts and surroundings. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce stress, improve sleep, and improve cognitive functioning.
Variations of mindfulness meditation include Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an adaptation of the practice of mindfulness meditation to health contexts in order to alleviate stress, to foster awareness and relaxation, and to improve quality of life. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy classes are offered to address depression and anxiety. These classes combine traditional cognitive therapy techniques and mindfulness practices.
U-M and the greater Ann Arbor community provide mindfulness resources, including traditional mindfulness meditation, MBSR, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, for free or for a fee.
Wellness Coaching is a free 1:1 service for undergrads and graduate students. Learn more about how to incorporate mindful strategies into your life!
Only have a minute? Incorporate mindfulness into your everyday routine using these One-Minute Stress Strategies.
Awaken Ann Arbor is "an inclusive community dedicated to non-dogmatic spiritual growth through a unique approach of practicing meditation, discovering one’s purpose and engaging in meaningful action."
Newnan Advising Center offers free, drop-in mindfulness groups, no experience necessary:
- For students, the Mindfulness Meditation for Academic Success group is open to all students, not just those in LSA.
- For faculty and staff, sessions are offered on Fridays 12:30-1pm, in G255 Conference Room J of Angell Hall. All are welcome. Please email Denise Kozikowski to inquire or to be added to the group list.
- For students, faculty and staff on North Campus, sessions are offered on Wednesdays from noon - 12:30pm in EECS 3433. All are welcome.
Also on North Campus, weekly drop-in meditation and gentle yoga is offered by Paola Savvidou (all are welcome):
- Tuesdays, 10-10:30am in 2038 Earl V. Moore
- Thursdays, 12:30-1pm in 2032 Earl V. Moore
At Ross School of Business, free, drop-in guided mindfulness sessions are offered on Wednesdays, noon-12:30 PM. Jennifer Evans, M.Ed. offers sessions; please contact her for location because room number varies. All are welcome to attend.
UMove Fitness offers meditation classes for staff and students for a fee.
Ann Arbor Resources
Ann Arbor Open Meditation offers drop-in mindfulness meditation sessions, open to all. Sessions are appropriate for both beginning and experienced meditators.
Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness offers classes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for a fee.
Transcendental Meditation offers a discount for full-time students to learn.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes are offered by the following practitioners:
Libby Robinson, PhD, MSW, (734) 476-3070, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paulette Grotrian, MA, (734) 276-7707, email@example.com
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Search the Community Providers Database using "mindfulness" as a search term.
The following Buddhist groups have classes and/or drop-in meditation sessions:
Still Mountain Meditation: This new sangha offers weekly Sunday meditation sitting at U-M Turner Senior Resource Center (2401 Plymouth Rd. Suite C) at 10 am, open to everyone. It is walking distance from North Campus, so if any students who live there are looking for a place to sit on a regular basis, this is rather convenient.They also have Buddhist meditation classes for free, with donation.
Michigan Buddhist provides locations of mindfulness sessions in Ann Arbor as well as resources on Buddhism.
Insight Meditation Ann Arbor offers meditation classes for all levels, donation recommended.
Deep Springs offers introductory meditation classes for a fee.
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