Mindfulness & Meditation

The UBC community offers a number of opportunities to learn mindfulness and practice meditation:

Benefits of mindfulness

Mindfulness has been shown to help manage our attention and focus our minds with intention. Mindfulness allows us to be present and productive in the here and now. It can also enable us to be more aware of our emotions and to approach people, situations and life in a non-judgmental way. Some of the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness include:

  • Improved overall health and wellbeing
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced chronic pain
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increased sense of joy and and contentment
  • Reduced and lessened symptoms of depression
  • Reduced substance abuse
  • Reduced stress and anxiety

Learning to be mindful has many benefits at work, including decreases in stress levels and improvements in:

  • Job performance
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution
  • Job satisfaction
  • Work-life integration
  • Focus and concentration
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Creativity, innovation and collaboration

Benefits of meditation

Meditation can be both spiritual and secular and typically involves dedicating time to being still and quiet. It can take many different forms and might involve breathing exercises, music, a chant or mantra.

Meditation involves a number of the same elements as mindfulness; however, whereas mindfulness can be practiced anywhere and anytime, meditation includes setting aside a specific time and place to focus attention and concentration inwards.

Meditation impacts the body in a way that is opposite to stress, restoring a state of calm and helping the body repair from the damage of stress.

Practicing meditation can result in increases in:

  • Self-management skills
  • Positive personal relationships
  • Positive state of mind
  • Perceived work environment atmosphere

and decreases in:

  • Psychological stress
  • Blood pressure
  • Physiological response
  • Stress response

Meditation groups at UBC

The broader UBC community offers a number of opportunities to practice meditation.

Meditation on Twin Hearts

Take part in this weekly facilitated drop-in meditation practice, held every Wednesday in Buchanan Tower, room 104A. Sessions run September 2018-April 2019 from 3-4pm. For more information please email Iris Escuer Riera.

Drop-in  Lunchtime Group Meditation in Buchanan

Drop in this app-guided meditation group at any point during the  semester. Meditations will happen on Mondays and Thursdays at 12:30pm in Buchanan B123 (first floor of Buchanan B, where B and A intersect). Arrive at 12:30pm, settle in, and sit through a 10 to 20-minute guided meditation. Participants will collectively choose a guided meditation using their cell phone app of choice. Meditation will begin at 12:35pm and RSVP is not required.  This meditation group begins  meeting January 3, 2019 until May 2, 2019. For more information, contact Letitia Henville at letitia.henville@ubc.ca.

The UBC meditation community

This independent AMS group meets weekly and runs from September until May. An annual membership for staff, faculty and community members is $5. Learn more about the UBC meditation community and when it meets.

UBC Zen Sitting Group

This group, coordinated by UBC Zen, meets in the Tea Room at the Asian Centre. The group is led by E’cho Sirotnik, an ordained monk and UBC’s Zen Buddhist Chaplain. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Meditation at The UBC Yoga Club

The UBC Yoga Club seeks to provide yoga and meditation to the UBC community looking for a way to wind down, relax, and take a break from the stresses of life.

Meditation at The Old Barn Community Centre

Located at 6308 Thunderbird Boulevard The Old Barn Community Centre offers a variety of programming including yoga, mindfulness and meditation classes. A 10% discount is also available for UBC staff and faculty. View their current program guide.

Downloadable Meditative Recordings

Instructional meditative audio recordings help you gain important, foundational knowledge to make your meditation practice successful. Too often, novice meditators have not learned these special skills, so frustration or misinformation causes the practice to be dropped. Having the right meditation attitude will make a world of difference to your enjoyment and sustainment of this important life practice. To assist you in maintaining proper meditative practices UBCs Learn to Meditate and Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator training instructor Wendy Quan provides free and at-cost meditative recordings in either male or female voices, for download.

Meditative Spaces at UBC

School of Theology Labyrinth – The Vancouver School of Theology (on the UBC Point Grey campus) has an outdoor Maltese labyrinth. It is outside, open to anyone and an inspiring space to just follow a path in calming meditation. View directions.

The Nitobe Memorial Gardens – Located within the UBC Point Grey campus the Nitobe Memorial Gardens are considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America. Admission to the gardens is free for UBC staff, faculty and students.

The Rose Garden – Located on the northwesterly tip of UBC’s Point Grey campus the Rose Garden with its elevated design overlooks the North Shore offering an opportunity to explore dozens of rose species in a variety of colours and an altogether peaceful meditative experience. View directions.

Do you have a favourite meditation spot on campus that you would like to share with the UBC community? Contact melissa.lafrance@ubc.ca.

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