Mindfulness Meditation

Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus on a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, promote relaxation, and enhance person and spiritual growth.

Research shows meditation may actually change the structure and function of the brain. A consistent mediation practice corresponds to an increase in the amount of grey matter in the brain, a thicker cerebral cortex, reduced reactivity of the amygdala, and increased activity in areas of the prefrontal cortex.

These neurological changes are associated with:

  • Reduced stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Increased focus and learning concentration
  • Improved memory and attention span
  • ​Stronger immune system and greater physical/psychological resilience
  • Better sleep

Daily Live Meditation via Zoom

Due to social distancing requirements, Well-Being and Health Promotion will be offering daily live meditations for CUIMC students through Zoom. To receive communications about mindfulness meditation throughout the semester, take a moment to join our Mindfulness Meditation mailing list

We ask that participants make sure their audio is muted upon entering the meeting room and remains muted for the duration of the practice. Stay with us after the mediation to ask questions about meditation or connect about other Well-Being and Health Promotion related topics.

Community Resources

  • Heights Meditation
  • Meet-up Group
  • Kadampa Meditation Center
  • Milstein Hospital Meditation: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays | 12:30-1:00pm | 5th Floor Chapel
  • Psychiatric Institute Meditation: Tuesdays | 12:30-1:00pm | 1st Floor Room 1200 NYSPI
  • Soundbath Meditation: Tuesdays | 12:45pm–1:15pm | MSCH/Pauline A. Hartford Memorial Chapel, Presbyterian Hospital First Floor

Additional Resources

Mobile Apps for Meditating

Books About Meditation

  • Mindfulness for Beginners (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
  • Meditation for Beginners (Jack Kornfield)
  • Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind (Shunryu Suzuki)
  • Real Happiness – The Power of Meditation (Sharon Salzberg)
  • Zen Meditation in Plain English (John Daishin Buksbazen)

Podcasts and Scripts for Meditating