Faculty/Staff Employee Assistance
Oftentimes our lives become extremely busy and overwhelming which causes us to overlook each moment we experience. One approach to increasing and maintaining your emotional well-being especially during stressful times is to explore practices and concepts that can relax the mind and body simultaneously. This is known as mindfulness and can increase feelings of happiness and contentment within by simply "paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment." In addition, practicing mindfulness can improve memory, attentiveness, and decision-making.
Mindfulness-based practices include relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, yoga, tai chi, and meditation.
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness meditation is a particular type of meditation that is practiced to increase awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment. You focus your awareness on what you are experiencing in the moment, such as the flow of your breath. A meditation protocol using mindfulness, called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed and extensively researched by a scientist named Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts. His research has been able to show that MBSR positively impacts stress, anxiety, pain, illness, and markers of immunity. In addition, it can improve memory, attentiveness and decision-making.
Employee Assistance offers a series of workshops on topics such as mindfulness meditation and its many benefits to your overall well-being and productivity throughout the year. See what beneficial workshops are on offer now.
Faculty and Staff Midweek Meditation Group
UC Berkeley employees are invited to join the Midweek Meditation Group in Room 3110 at the Tang Center every Tuesday at 12:15pm for a short reading followed by 30 minutes of silent mediation. Beginners welcome.
Articles and Books
- Greater Good Science Center: Jon Kabat-Zinn on Mindfulness
- NPR: "Meditation a Hit for Pain Management" (includes guided body scan)