Stress Reduction Center
West Chester University
Room 211 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester , PA 19383 610-436-2267
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society believes that a fully democratic society requires a system of higher education that trains students for reflective
insight as well as critical thinking. We believe that the cultivation of mindfulness amid the busy-ness of contemporary life can open up the possibility for
developing new wisdom through introspection, to complement existing intellectual and analytic undertakings. We also believe that meditative practices can help
shape the direction of social action, contributing to an integration of the ethical and the political, the spiritual and the practical; the undergraduate
college is one place where these issues can and should be thoughtfully explored.
The Mindfulness in Higher Education site was developed by Marga Odahowski who is Director of Studies for the International Residential College (IRC) at the
University of Virginia. At the IRC she works with student leaders and other faculty to create a community where students feel welcomed, supported and able to
explore and expand their thinking. Working in collaboration creating conversation and dialogue are key to her work in assisting students learn to live
intentionally. This sites has interesting links to sources of information about mindfulness and higher education.
The Mind and Life Institute is dedicated to fostering dialogue and research at the highest possible level between modern science and the great living
contemplative traditions, especially Buddhism. It builds on a deep commitment to the power and value of both of these ways of advancing knowledge and
their potential to alleviate suffering.
This is the webpage for the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Links to research and information about MBSR can be
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and
alternative medicine (CAM). It is one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services. Their mission is to explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science;
train complementary and alternative medicine researchers; and disseminate authoritative information to the public and professionals.
Herbert Benson, MD is a pioneer in the field of mind/body medicine and the Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at
Massachusetts General Hospital.
The American Institute of Stress is a non profit organization established in 1978 at the request of Hans Selye to serve as a clearinghouse for information on all
stress related subjects. Other founding members included Linus Pauling, Alvin Toffler, Bob Hope, Michael DeBakey, Herbert Benson, Ray Rosenman and other prominent
physicians, health professionals and lay individuals interested in exploring the multitudinous and varied effects of stress on our health and quality of life
"At Empowered Yoga, we are dedicated to helping each and every student along his or her path. All of our teachers have studied the principles of yoga extensively and are registered with Yoga Alliance. Each teacher has been trained in anatomy, physiology, yoga philosophy, and our own Empowered Yoga teaching methodology. Each teacher maintains a committed daily yoga practice; we believe that we cannot give what we do not have. "(Empowered Yoga website)
To learn more about Empowered Yoga, located in Wilmington, Delaware, visit their website: