Mindfulness is the ancient practice of bringing an open, gentle, non-judgmental awareness to one’s experience of the present moment. It is the practice of seeing reality as it is.
Mindfulness can be trained through disciplines such as meditation, yoga, and other techniques.
Some of the proven benefits of developing a mindfulness meditation practice include:
- Reduced stress
- Reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Reduced physician burnout
- Improved mood
- Better sleep
- Enhanced immune system functioning
- Improved cognitive performance, learning, and memory
- Increased gray matter density in brain regions associated with learning, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, interoception, and compassion
- Increased compassion toward self and others
The Mindfulness and Meditation in Medicine Club at UBC (MMM@UBC) is a UBC Faculty of Medicine student organization.
With the aim of fostering mental and physical well-being, MMM@UBC offers opportunities for students, hospital staff, patients, and community members to come together to learn, practice, and discuss meditation and mindfulness techniques.