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Mindfulness at Dartmouth

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Mindfulness and Meditation at Dartmouth

With a growing body of research documenting the physical and psychological health benefits of practicing mindfulness, there is an increased interest in exploring mindfulness at Dartmouth.

What is Mindfulness?

Jon Kabat-Zinn, founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, writes in his groundbreaking book Full Catastrophe Living:

"Simply put, mindfulness is moment-to-moment awareness. It is cultivated by purposefully paying attention to things we ordinarily never give a moment's thought to. It is a systematic approach to developing new kinds of control and wisdom in our lives."

In 2011, Kabat-Zinn gave two public presentations at Dartmouth to introduce mindfulness meditation and how it is being incorporated into a wide range of clinical programs in medicine and psychology as well as in personal lives. The presentations, hosted and sponsored by the Tucker Foundation and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, included a lecture titled "The Healing Power of Mindfulness: Living as if Your Moments Really Mattered" and an all-day retreat in Rollins Chapel entitled, "A Day of Mindfulness Practice and Dialogue."

I got involved in mindfulness because my level of general anxiety was interfering with my wellbeing and performance in school. As a result, I've discovered a discipline that has helped me in my day to day life. I stay involved because I think this is truly a vital practice for everyone, regardless of religion or belief. I also want to spread awareness to others so they can reap the benefits. ('14)

Last Updated: 11/8/16