“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” ~ St. Augustine
Villanova University understands the demands faced by many of us on a daily basis. Work commitments and busy personal schedules can distract us from enjoying the day to day moments of our lives. Thinking about the past, or wondering what the future holds comes naturally. Focusing on the present, however, can be challenging.
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of focusing on the present moment and developing an increased awareness of experiences as they happen. Research shows that participating in mindfulness techniques can improve life-quality, with positive outcomes reported for work performance, mental health, and physical well-being. Reduced stress, reduced blood pressure, and improved sleep patterns are just some of the health benefits reported by those practicing mindfulness on a regular basis.
As a member of the Villanova community, we invite you to join us for Mindful Mondays. Meditation takes place every Monday at 12:45PM in St. Rita Hall Community Room.
The series is sponsored by Health Promotion, Campus Ministry, and Human Resources.
Simple Mindfulness Exercise
For those seeking a space for quiet and contemplative prayer, Centering Prayer takes place at the following times and locations:
Each session begins with a short reading and the ringing of a prayer bowl, followed by 25 minutes of shared silence. Beginners to Centering Prayer are welcome.
Centering Prayer is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:45PM in St. Rita Hall's Community Room.