Mindfulness at Imperial
The Chaplaincy runs regular meditation and mindfulness sessions, which many students find useful when dealing with stress. You can also contact the Chaplains if you would like a one-to-one conversation about your experiences of meditation or Mindfulness, or if you have any questions.
What is Mindfulness?
The origins of mindfulness come from Buddhism; it is described by Dr Matthew Drage from the University of London as “a kind of mental training, based on the practice of deliberately bringing your attention to bear on physical sensations, emotions and thoughts.”
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.
Developing your self-awareness through mindfulness can help you notice signs of common difficulties like stress or anxiety and deal with them better. The NHS Moodzone has a really useful guide to mindfulness and how it can help improve your mental wellbeing.