Need to Chill Out?

Posted on: December 9, 2020

Need to chill out? Gather together—or turn off your video—and practice virtual meditation & mindfulness with De-Stress for Success.

Mindfulness techniques may be helpful in this unique stressful year. Studies have shown that mindfulness correlates with reduced emotional exhaustion and stress and increased executive function and self-regulation.

Offered by the JMU Libraries and the JMU Initiative for Contemplative Study and Practice, these short, virtual mindfulness sessions will help you through the end of the semester:

Loving Kindness Meditation
Surround yourself and others with goodwill, kindness, and warmth during finals week, with this introduction to loving kindness meditation. Choose one:
Registration has closed for December 7, 11:15-11:30am

Mixed Media Painting: Holiday Ornaments
Studies have shown that exposure to even small amounts of art and creativity can reduce stress and anxiety. Spend a relaxing hour creating holiday ornaments using acrylic paints and regular household items. No prior art experience necessary.
Registration has closed for December 7, 3-4pm

Check-in and Visioning Meditation
Focus on imaging for health, happiness, success and well-being. Choose one:
Registration has closed for December 8, 10-11am
Registration has closed for December 10, 10-11am
Registration has closed for December 15, 10-11am

Realizing Presence: Making Space for Your Thoughts
Learn to quiet the worried mind through a cultivation of awareness for the present moment.
Registration has closed for December 8, 3-4pm

Mindful Meditation for Stress Reduction
As this difficult semester comes to a close, be kind to yourself by learning techniques that bring about a calm, focused, and compassionate mind.
Registration has closed for December 8, 8-9pm

Loving Kindness Meditation
Surround yourself and others with goodwill, kindness, and warmth during finals week, with this introduction to loving kindness meditation.
Registration has closed for December 9, 11:15-11:30am

30-Minute Breathing Meditation
Be guided through a half hour of breath focus that is sure to get you relaxed and ready for finals. Offered in partnership with the JMU School of Music.
Registration has closed for December 10, 2-2:30

Guided Meditation
Be guided through a simple meditation session. Offered in partnership with the JMU School of Music.
Registration has closed for December 11, 2-3pm

Zen Meditation for Beginners
Learn a bit about Zen and experiment with a few short practices, which are inclusive of people of diverse religions, or no religion.
Registration has closed for December 14, 4-4:45pm

Check-in and Visioning Meditation
Focus on imaging for health, happiness, success and well-being.
Registration has closed for December 16, 10-11am

Loving Kindness Meditation
Wind down from finals week with our psychology librarian Liz Chenevey. This Loving Kindness Meditation will connect you to your own warmth and happiness, and we hope these vibes will follow you through a restful and deserved winter break.
Registration has closed for December 17, 1-1:15pm

We’ll also offer some virtual pet therapy – check our social media!

All JMU students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate. Can’t make any of these? Check our De-Stress Resource Guide for resources you can use on your own!

Thank you to everyone who led and participated in these sessions!

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