Center consolidates mindfulness activities

From the University Times online…

The ancient practice of mindfulness, which emphasizes observing and focusing on the present moment, increasingly is being recognized for its value in promoting physical and mental health and as an aid to attention and learning. It’s been present in many forms on campus, but only recently became the basis for a University-wide center.

After a year of planning, with funding from the Office of the Provost and broad-based support, the Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies (CMCS) has opened with a mission to “promote scholarship, creativity and well-being through mindfulness research, education, collective practice, and clinical and community service.”

CMCS aims to foster research collaborations, support the use of mindfulness in educational curriculums and promote mindfulness practice as a tool for wellness through “cores” in research, education and service.

Housed in the Graduate School of Public Health, where center director Anthony Silvestre is a faculty member, the University-wide center is funded by the Office of the Provost with additional support from the School of Medicine, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the School of Education, Falk School and the departments of English and religious studies in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

Read the full article on the University Times.

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