Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the
It isn't more complicated than that.
It is opening to or receiving the present
moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or
If the world is to change for the better it must start with a change in human consciousness, in the very humanness of modern man.Vaclev Havel
The Mindfulness-Based Campus-Community Health Program is an
initiative that aims to promote health on the UALR campus and
community by teaching the practice of mindfulness meditation to
those interested in learning it.
Mindfulness meditation, which is also referred to as Vipassana or
insight meditation, is a secular contemplative practice that facilitates
awareness of the present moment and all that arises within each moment:
thoughts, physical sensations, emotions, external events, etc. By
learning to appreciate the present, rather than constantly focusing on the
past, the future, or frustrating fantasies of how things "should" be, one can
begin to experience a greater sense of peace with one's current circumstances,
even when those circumstances are less than optimal. In addition,
the very practice of mindfulness meditation, while not necessarily always
"relaxing", does often result in a calming of the autonomic nervous
system. It is these two gradual changes, a change in perspective and a
change in physiological reactivity, that many people find to be so helpful.
A growing body of empirical
research supports the potential contribution of mindfulness meditation to
health promotion and quality of life (i.e. Kabat-Zinn, Lipworth, & Sellers,
1987; Kabat-Zinn & Chapman-Waldrop, 1988; Langer, 1989; Napoli,
Krech, & Holley, 2005; Speca et
al., 2000; Shapiro, 2001).
There is also a growing movement in educational settings to integrate
contemplative learning into the curriculum for the promotion of reflection,
insight, and scholarship (Rockefeller, 1996; Buell, 1999; Napoli, et al, 2005;
Holland, 2005). The purpose of the Mindfulness-Based Campus-Community
Health Program at UALR is to unite these two developments and integrate
mindfulness meditation into the university curriculum for the purpose of
promoting health and quality of life. The Mindfulness-Based Campus-Community
Health Program will provide opportunities for the UALR and
communities to learn the distinctive practice of mindfulness
meditation in an accessible and supportive learning environment.
Mindfulness-Based Campus-Community Health Program consists of three core
In addition to these three core
components, the Mindfulness-Based Campus-Community Health Program also has
partnerships with other initiatives on the UALR campus and in the
community that promote mindful living and health
Holland, Ph.D., M.P.H.
is the director of the Mindfulness-Based Campus-Community Health Program.
UALR students, staff, and faculty who would like to become involved in any of
the activities of the program or want to enroll in the Mindfulness
Meditation and Health course should contact Dan Holland at