While honoring the traditional roots of meditation practices, our programs are shaped by this rich history as well as the research backed findings of mindfulness as a tool to alleviate suffering in our modern day lives. As our minds engage in reverberating thoughts of the past or future, we can often over stimulate our fight or flight response. By retraining the mind to build new neural pathways through the practice of being present minded, we can reduce stress and increase equanimity. Facilitated by a trained instructor, all offerings are beginner friendly with no experience or particular beliefs needed. Come join us! 

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Body Scan for Bedtime

It can be hard to control the noises surrounding us before we go to bed, especially in college. To help ease you into sleep, check out our short 10-minute bedtime meditation. Download below if your browser does not support HTML5 audio.

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Body Scan Meditation

Mindfulness & Meditation Series

The ability to calm the chatter in our minds is a crucial skill for the modern student. Learn evidence-based skills in meditation, stress-management and mindfulness techniques developed specifically for college-age students. This workshop series will include free meditation app and complementary course book, The Mindful Twenty-Something, by Holly B. Rogers, MD. Students MUST commit to all 4 sessions in order to enroll.

Register here! 

 

Koru Class Series

Free Guided Any-Time Meditations

 

This one is for my fellow UCSB students! This short meditation includes references to your favorite study spaces and supplies. Whether you are grinding for a midterm, putting the finishing touches on a project or collaborating with your peers use this meditation to hit the cognitive reset button. Enjoy!

 

With the demands and responsibilities of daily life it is easy to get thrown off center. Being off balance warps the way we perceive the unfolding of our lives. This meditation uses targeted breathing and imagery to help reestablish our center bringing a sense of groundedness and balance.

 

Cooking is an age old practice. Across the gamut of human civilizations cooking plays an integral role in culture and family. Oftentimes cooking is accompanied by a feeling of being rushed and we miss out on the joy of the experience. This meditation helps us settle into the beautiful process of cooking while engaging all the senses. bon appétit.

 

Breathing happens all on its own, we don’t have to do anything. That being said, the process of breathing is often overlooked and goes unnoticed. This meditation breaks down the breath bringing nuance and understanding to the process of breathing. In just 5 short minutes you can experience for yourself the relaxing power of tuning into the most common of mindful anchors!

Heightened Stress Meditation
 

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious is valid. Factors such as school, work, politics, and quarantine can lead to heightened stress. Take this as an opportunity to give yourself five minutes. Relax any tense muscles, breathe, and show yourself compassion. 

Short Breath Meditation

呼吸是自主发生的,我们无需做任何事情。话虽这么说,呼吸的过程往往被忽视,并且没有引起我们的注意。这个冥想视频给呼吸的过程带来细微的差别和理解。在短短的5分钟内,你便可以感受呼吸带来的放松和能量!

Study Break

这个冥想视频包括学习空间和环境的参考与建议。无论你是在复习准备考试,还是在完成作业,或是与你的同学合作,都可以使用此冥想来放松心情,缓解压力!希望你喜欢这个视频。

UC Santa Barbara's Self Guided Labyrinth Tour

Open to students, staff faculty, and the public. Specially designed to be ADA compliant & wheelchair accessible. The UCSB campus labyrinth is a place of calm that encourages meditation, reflection, and rejuvenation. The beautiful location of the labyrinth - on the bluff above the Pacific Ocean - invites an appreciation of nature in a very special way. There are sights, sounds, and scents of nature with tremendous restorative power.

Hours: It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Location: Located on the lagoon island via a path southeast of Manzanita Village, located on the southwest portion of the campus (see directions below with map).

History: Labyrinths are ancient symbols that have been used by various cultures and religions around the world for more than 4,000 years. Many of their patterns are based on spirals and circles mirrored in nature. Some people come to contemplate questions or to simply relax, while other come during time of grief or loss, seeking solace. Unlike a maze, it has a single path in full view that lead to the center and back out the same way. There are no tricks or trap. This powerful process of moving toward the center and back out can provide an opportunity for the traveler to move mindfully, focus intentionally, open the heart, and find their center. Today, labyrinths are being used worldwide as a way to gain self-awareness and insight by encouraging meditation, self-reflection, and stress reduction. The practice of labyrinth walking integrates the body with the mind. They are open to all people as a non-denominational, cross-cultural blueprint for well-being.

Instructions:

  • Reflect: Before entering the labyrinth, think about what you are grateful for and any questions or problems you wish to receive guidance on.

  • Release: As you slowly walk the path to the center, let go of any unwanted thoughts, feelings, attitudes, etc. that no longer serve you. Notice where your mind wanders and be mindful of bringing it back to the present moment.

  • Receive: Once in the center, meditate/pray/be silent as you receive what is there for you.

  • Return: When ready, follow the path out of the labyrinth. You may feel a sense of renewal.

  • Remember: Once out of the labyrinth, take a full, deep breath and a moment to reflect on your experience. All of the walks benefits may not unfold to you immediately. Continue to be mindful as your answers may come with time.

There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth; honor your own pace and process. Please respect the experience of others as they walk the labyrinth.

Directions from Off-Campus:

  • Take the Los Carneros exit from the 101 and head towards the ocean side.

  • When Los Carneros ends in a "T" at El Colegio - turn left.

  • Once you are on campus, turn right on Ocean Road (by the event center)

  • There is public parking in Lot 23 (you will need to pay a fee).

  • Continue walking down Ocean Road after parking until you get to the walking path along the bluffs - turn left.

  • Follow the path and enjoy the walk. You will be going down some stairs and back up a small hill before getting to the labyrinth, which will be on your right.

Library Guide for Wellbeing

For FREE additional readings and resources on meditation, check out our UC Santa Barbara Library Well-being LibGuide. Here you can find curated books and more on this health topic that you can download and read on your computer or mobile device... FREE!

Here are some of just the many meditation books offered at our LibGuide!

 

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