Mindfulness is the basic human ability to pay attention to the moment-to-moment experiences with acceptance and non-judgment. Practicing mindfulness enables us to fully accept experiences as they are, leading to more compassionate, balanced and clear responses to life stressors. Mindfulness can be used in many ways, including meditation, journaling and yoga, and through daily activities like eating or exercising. Benefits include reduced symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, and improved mood, memory and coping.

Mindfulness Offerings

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program for Graduate Students

Are you a graduate student who sometimes feels overwhelmed by all of the time demands in your life? MBSR teaches the art of paying attention on purpose to the present moment with open and nonjudgmental awareness. By paying attention in this way, you can learn to respond to situations with choice rather than reacting automatically. Just as an athlete can train the body to be more agile and strong, you can train the mind to be less reactive and more balanced. Mindfulness practice through meditation, yoga and other mind-body techniques teaches individuals how to access inner resources that improve their ability to cope effectively with the stresses of school, work and personal life.

If you experience any of the following and want to manage them differently to be more balanced and fulfilled, then MBSR is the program for you!

  • Worry about the future?
  • Have difficulty falling asleep due to all of the thoughts in your head?
  • Dwell on the past?
  • Go through your lengthy task list while trying to do your tasks?
  • Spend too much energy on things outside of your control?

Spring 2024 Virtual Interest Session

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, noon-1 p.m.

If you are interested in learning more, attend the virtual orientation/interest session. Your registration information will be shared with the instructors for the course. If there is more interest in the program than there are spots, selection will be based in part on timing of completion of the registration form and attendance of the orientation/interest session. The program will only be able to accommodate approximately 25-30 graduate students this semester. The program will be hosted virtually via Zoom on Thursdays from noon-1:30 p.m. from Feb. 15-April 11. There will be a hiatus Thursday, March 14, for Spring Break. For questions or to request accommodations, please email mbsr@syr.edu or call 315.443.8000.

Spring 2024 MBSR Registration