What is Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention and focusing your mind for relaxation and increased awareness. Mindfulness can have beneficial health effects by decreasing the negative impact of chronic stress on the body and mind. Mindfulness can also support physical and emotional well-being by reducing muscle tension and quieting the mind, reducing anxiety and stress.”UW Health Mindfulness program

What is Meditation?

“Found in cultures, spiritual traditions, and healing systems throughout the world, meditation is a mind–body practice with many methods and variations. Most are grounded in the great spiritual traditions of the world, but they all emphasize the silence and stillness of compassionate, present-moment awareness.”

Integrative Medicine, 5th Edition, “Recommending Meditation”

See the Osher Center for Integrative Health at UW-Madison “Meditation for Health and Happiness” module.


“When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing – just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park?”

-Robert Marsdon