Mindfulness & Meditation

Mindfulness is about cultivating full awareness of the present moment so that we can better manage stress and develop states of clarity and relaxed alertness. Some common misconceptions about mindfulness meditation is that it is about making your mind blank, feeling a specific way, or running away from problems. Mindfulness is about waking up to the fullness of your life and changing your relationship to your problems, your fears, your physical or emotional pain, so that these things don’t wind up controlling you and dictating the quality of your life. Mindfulness is not an idea, it’s a practice and a lifestyle cultivated by making a commitment to it over time.

Tara Brach: Loving Kindness - August 28th, August 29th, and September 1st

Join us for a MP3 Guided Group Meditation Session on Monday at 1 pm, Wednesday at 4pm, and/or Friday at 11 am.

Call the Counseling Center Front Desk at (410) 704-2512 to secure your spot!

Due the demands of our current lifestyles, caring for ourselves by being mindful at first often feels peculiar, difficult, or even boring. Like developing any skill, the cultivation of mindfulness takes time and practice. Consider how long it took you to play an entire song smoothly on an instrument you were learning, or to begin to acquire mastery in a novel sport. It is no different with the inner art of mindfulness.

Fall 2017 Guided Meditation Schedule

MP3 Guided Group Sessions

TARA BRACH: LOVING KINDNESS

August 28th (at 1pm), August 30th (at 4pm), and September 1st (at 11am)

COMPASSIONATE BODY SCAN

September 6th and September 8th

AFFECTIONATE BREATHING

September 11th, September 13th, and September 15th

BODY SCAN

September 18th, September 20th, and September 22nd

STAHL AND GOLDSTEIN: SITTING MEDITATION

September 25th, September 27th, and September 29th

RONald SIEGEL: BODY SCAN

October 2nd, October 4th, and October 6th

DEEPAK CHOPRA: BREATHING MEDITATION AND HEART MEDITATION

October 9th, October 11th, and October 13th

SEATED MEDITATION

October 16th, October 18th, and October 20th

SELF COMPASSION

October 23rd, October 25th, and October 27th

JON KABAT ZINN: SITTING MEDITATION

October 30th, November 1st, and November 3rd

LOVING-KINDnESS MEDITATION

November 6th, November 8th, and November 10th

JON KABAT ZINN: BODY SCAN

November 13th, November 15th, and November 17th

TARA BRACH: LISTENING TO LIFE

November 20th

DEEPAK CHOPRA: EMPOWERMENT MEDITATION

November 27th, November 29th, amd December 1st

TARA BRACH: RELAXATION

December 4th, December 6th, and December 8th

UCLA: BREATH, SOUND MEDITATION

December 11th, December 13th, and December 15th

 

Helpful Hints to Meditation and Mindfulness:

When first beginning the formal practice of mindfulness, it is often helpful to do the following:

Create a quiet spot that enjoy spending time. Many people enjoy decorating this spot with special pictures, statues, or colors.

Pick a specific time everyday for the sole purpose of being mindful - And make that gift to yourself a top priority.

You don't have to always like it, Just do it. From a certain point of view, once you have your set time for mindfulness, its none of your business what happens during it. Some days you will feel relaxed, others tense, others successful, others like a failure, just sit and watch these states arise and pass.

Find a teacher or group that can be supportive. The Counseling Center offers a variety of services to assist you in the process of developing mindfulness. Each fall and spring semesters, Mindfulness Groups are offered. Contact Dr. Leigh Ann Carter () to learn more. Individual and group sessions are available in the Towson University Counseling Center's Meditation Room.

resources

Self-Help Apps
  • Mindfulness Trainer ($4.99)
    Are you searching for less stress and more balance? Do you want to experience silence and clarity in yourself? This app offers 16 guided Mindfulness Meditations (5 hours of audio) and more. It will help you to practice Mindfulness wherever you are.
  • Headspace
    Ever wanted to sleep better, feel calmer, focus more or just get some relief from that busy mind? Well it's probably time to get some headspace. Headspace is meditation made relevant to modern life. Get unique daily guided meditations, science facts and figures and progress reports, all designed to make it as easy as possible for you to get some calm and clarity.

    This app aims helps to improve users’ well-being, offering suggestions for improved self-care, sleep concerns, and guided meditations. The basic version is free.

    Check in with yourself, slow down and re-engage with this app. Enjoy a variety of guided meditations and self-assessments. The basic version is free.

MP3 Guided Meditation Sessions for Download