Three Minute Breathing Space

Ask yourself:

  • What am I thinking right now?
  • What emotions are happening for me now?
  • What physical sensations do I have?

Focus on a few breaths – in and out
Focus on the physical sensations of breaking as you feel it in your abdomen – keep awareness here a little while.

Naturally your mind will wander, but simply notice these thoughts, let them be and return to watching your breath.

Expand awareness out from the abdomen to hold your whole body centre stage.

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mindfulness

Mindfulness Meditation will continue during the summer months.

Mindfulness can help you to stay calm, focused and better manage the pressures of life.

Everyone can benefit and enjoy Mindfulness, but you might like to try it especially if you are:

  • feeling stressed or overwhelmed
  • struggling to concentrate
  • feeling like a failure

"The present is the only time that any of us have to be alive – to know anything – to perceive – to learn – to change – to heal. Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally, to the unfolding of experience, moment by moment."

Jon Kabat Zinn

Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of 'Full Catastrophe Living'

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness teaches you to pay attention to the present moment through simple breathing and meditation practices.

It can help you manage your thoughts and feelings: through Mindfulness, you practise the ability to accept thoughts and feelings, and to disengage from worry and detrimental negative thinking.

 You can practise Mindfulness anywhere – on your own, through group sessions or one-to-one.

The Chaplaincy provides regular sessions on meditation and Mindfulness, which many students find useful in dealing with stress.  You can also contact the Chaplains if you like a one-to-one conversation about your experiences of meditation or Mindfulness, or to ask questions.

Tuesdays 13:05-13:50 at the Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre, 10 Prince's Gardens, London SW7 1NA.

Led by Hogetsu Baerndal, Chaplain and Mindfulness teacher and Andrew Willson, College Chaplain. You can subscribe using the form on the right, or contact us at chaplaincy@imperial.ac.uk for more information.

There is also a drop-in class for those with an existing practice on Wednesdays in term time 18:00-19:00. Mindfulness is also available on Thursdays 13:00-13:45 at Hammersmith. Please contact Gareth Lovell at g.lovell@imperial.ac.uk for more details.