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21-Day Mindfulness Challenge

Our Mindfulness Team at Serenity Place invites you to continue this 21-Day Mindfulness Challenge throughout the year, because we have seen how a simple practice like this every day can change our worldview and the way that we treat ourselves and others. We invite you to cultivate a little dose of mindfulness into your daily life. Studies have shown that practicing something for 21 days can help create a new habit -- a mindful habit.

Thank you to our supportive community thus far!!! Also, big shout-out to Dr. Newfield & Dr. Glenn for your encouragement(s) and great collaboration.

"A mindful campus is a happy campus." - Serenity Place

  • Some effects of mindfulness
    • Increases ability to relax

    • Improves academic success
    • Better concentration

    • Improves productivity

    • Increases creativity

    • Reduces work-related stress and psychological distress
    • Improves general health
    • Facilitates recovery from illness
    • Effective relapse prevention and recovery from addictions

    • Positively impact your relationships

    • Mindfulness also shows a negative link with alcohol consumption in college students.
  • The need:
    • A way of living that helps students develop awareness of both their internal and external worlds, and thrive along with the stress in their academic and personal lives

    • Mindfulness is both accessible and relevant to practice in our daily lives

  • The goal:
    • Introduce the benefits of mindful living to students who regularly attend WVU Collegiate Recovery activities/events, as well as for those who work here

    • Aim to initiate daily mindfulness practices after the challenge

Select Day:

'Beginner's Mind'

We find the ‘beginner's mind’ to be an exceptional way for us to encourage creativity and critical thinking! It is also a healthier response to stress, particularly before those pesky tests universities love. ‘Beginner’s mind’ also helps us to not make any assumptions and to start living with a positive attitude and a curious mind.

Have a wonderful experience in developing your mindful practice, one exercise at a time.

Today's Challenge

Take 1 minute to follow your breath. Be curious of your in-breath and out-breath. Stay with it from the beginning of your in-breath to the end of your out-breath. When a thought comes to visit, be aware of it and let it go, and then come back to your breath.

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. 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 rejecting it.”  - Sylvia Boorstein

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