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Hokie Health: Mindfulness can improve your well-being

From: Hokie Wellness

Mindfulness is the act of being in the present moment – paying attention to your present-moment experience using compassionate curiosity. Instead of worrying about the future or reliving the past, it is the ability to hold your attention on the moment at hand.

Scientific evidence has shown that mindfulness can have a positive effect on life. It can improve the ability to focus, help manage emotions in difficult situations, reduce stress, and increase the capacity to experience emotions such as compassion, gratitude, contentment, and awe.

Mindfulness is not a religion, and it is not a cure-all for problems and suffering in life but it can lessen how disruptive those are.

Living a mindful life is a skill – not an inborn talent. Meditation is the tool used to achieve mindfulness – it is exercise for the brain.

The Koru Mindfulness program provides the knowledge and meditation tools needed to live a mindful life. The four-week program offers a variety of meditations that will help focus and calm the mind, train your attention, and enrich your life. More will be gained from the program if you can commit to attending all four sessions.

Hokie Wellness is offering virtual Koru Basic on Thursdays from 8-9 a.m. beginning Sept. 9 through Sept. 30. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Hokie Wellness serves Virginia Tech to foster a healthier community by providing prevention services, education, outreach, and resources to employees and students. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the team at, or join the Hokie Wellness Google group by emailing  to stay current with monthly updates.

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