What is Mind the Moment?
Mind the Moment at MIT is designed to provide MIT staff and faculty with tools to better manage stress and increase personal resilience through mindfulness, a concentrated state of awareness that helps people see and respond to situations with clarity. The program introduces the basic principles and practices of mindfulness, which include sitting meditation, mindful listening, walking meditation, and mindful movement. Participants will also learn about the physiological benefits of mindfulness and ways to integrate mindful practices into daily life.
How can I bring "Mind the Moment at MIT" to my office, lab, or residence?
Departments and labs may request specially designed four-, six-, or eight-week mindfulness programs to be held on site for staff. For more information about designing a custom offering for your team or department, including pricing, please email Caitlyn McCourt.
Where can I find evidence-based research on mindfulness?
For a brief introduction to the brain science behind mindfulness meditation, see a 2012 TEDx Cambridge talk in which Dr. Sara Lazar of Harvard Medical School describes her research on meditation and increased cortical thickness. In addition, research studies have documented significant physical benefits of mindfulness practices, including improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, immune function, respiration, and pain level.