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Mindful Walk Across Campus

Frederick Law Olmsted wrote in 1865 that nature "employs the mind without fatigue and yet exercises it; tranquilizes it and yet enlivens it; and thus, through the influence of the mind over the body, gives the effect of refreshing rest and reinvigoration to the whole system." Inspired by Florence Williams' book, The Nature Fix, we encourage you to get outside and take a walk around our beautiful campus, making time to listen attentively to your body, while breathing in happiness, health, and creativity from all around you. Even when you are far away from campus, these practices offer a virtual experience for you to connect to the people and places that make Fredonia such an important part of who you are. When practicing mindfulness, one is encouraged to cherish the "free ranging, day-dreaming, goal-setting, mind-wandering with noise...the very stuff that poetry and human nature is made of."

Student Reading

Many of the mindfulness practices on this page are presented with the permission of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.   They are the work of Chris Germer & Kristin Neff, Co-Developers of the Mindful Self-Compassion Program.  It is with gratitude for them, that we share these practices with you. 

Let's get started with Compassionate Walking (Chris Germer).


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Soothing Touch (pdf)

Soles of the Feet (pdf)

Compassionate Letter to Myself (pdf)

Greater Good in Action

Research is clear: Happiness, resilience, connection, and kindness are skills that can be taught and developed over time—with practice.

That’s why UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, in collaboration with HopeLab, launched Greater Good in Action. Synthesizing hundreds of scientific studies, Greater Good in Action collects the best research-based methods for a happier, more meaningful life—and puts them at your fingertips in a format that's easy to navigate and digest.

Mindful Self-Compassion Practices

Audio Files

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