Mindfulness & Meditation


What are the benefits of mindfulness?

Mindfulness has been shown to have many positive effects on both physical and mental processes. Greater awareness of the ways in which the mind and body work together can reveal how unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine emotional, physical, and spiritual health.
Mindfulness has been recommended as a treatment for anxiety, depression, panic attacks, chronic pain, eating disorders, sleep disturbances, and health concerns such as high blood pressure.

Student Health Services is enthusiastic and excited to increase access to meditation and mindfulness, to cultivate a culture of awareness.

All are welcome for meditation, prayer, and reflection in this space.

A lot of us have training programs for our bodies, but what about for our brains?
The offerings of the C.A.L.M. Oasis, located in the Center for Health and Well-Being rm 215, can help develop, enhance, and solidify your mindfulness practices.

Open Practice - patrons can practice in the space silently or use ear buds to listen to guided meditations.

Open Learning - structured mindfulness and meditation offerings coordinated by trained facilitators.

What is mindfulness?

    Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go There You Are, classifies mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”.

    Mindfulness allows individuals to be more in tune with their feelings, thoughts, sensations, and surroundings.

    By being aware of physical processes, people can accept their feelings of the present moment or identify areas for change.

    Mindfulness explained by Jon Kabat-Zinn: 


C.A.L.M. Oasis Guidelines

    • Users of the C.A.L.M. Oasis must swipe their Carolina Card upon entry.
    • Remove shoes while within the room and place them in the marked storage space.
    • Any bags or backpacks must be placed in the storage bins in the room.
    • Refrain from eating or drinking in the room, except water. Please enjoy these elsewhere.
    • Respect others’ privacy and space needs given that this is a shared public space.
    • Silence and mutual respect are expected at all times; music and guided meditations are to be listened to through earphones (e.g., cell phones, iPads, laptops, etc.)
    • The C.A.L.M. Oasis is not intended to serve as a lounge or study room; please do not use the space to sleep or study.
    • Please leave the space better than you found it.
    • Show respect for the space and furnishings; no equipment is to be removed from this room. Please return everything to its original configuration before leaving. Thank you.
    • Help keep the room environmentally friendly by refraining from using scented products (perfumes, lotions or other scented personal care products).
    • Candles, burning oils, incense or any other flammable items are not permitted.
    • No posters, signs, or other displays are to be placed inside or outside the meditation rooms at any time, unless first approved by the Healthy Campus Initiatives team.
    • Immediately notify staff if anything in the room needs attention by calling 803-777-8283 or 803-576-9392.


Additional mindfulness & meditation resources

    Guided meditation: https://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cw/stressfree/
    Sustainable Carolina provides free weekly Yoga Classes: http://www.sc.edu/greenquad/
    Upstream: A Center for Mindfulness Practice & Holistic Mental Health: