Here's the challenge: Try meditating for five minutes every day for one week.
"Meditation is the practice of focusing your attention," explained Matthew Grason, WELL for Life media and community specialist. “During meditation everyone gets distracted, even the experts. So don’t get discouraged — focus on returning back to the practice.”
The WELL team, along with other Stanford contributors, hosts a series of mini experiments, or challenges, that dig into various areas of well-being such as social connectedness, creativity and exploration, physical activity, diet and more. The challenges also help researchers who are working to understand the concept of well-being, a holistic and inclusive view of an individual's overall health that is larger than just the absence of disease.
"Well-being is complex. We created these challenges as a fun way to open the door into different activities that have the potential to improve a person’s well-being," Grason said.
Registration for this month's challenge is open until March 31.
After registering, participants can fill out short pre-and-post surveys that aim to evaluate how the experience affected their overall well-being. They can also connect with other participants and tap additional resources to help them complete the challenge.
The Mind-Body-Spirit Challenge drew on practices from the "P.E.A.C.E." model, explained Tia Rich, a Well team member who directs the Contemplation by Design program. "When peoples' daily lives include behaviors of 'P.E.A.C.E.' — Pause, Exhale, Attend mindfully, Compassionately connect with themselves and others — they are more able to express P.E.A.C.E. — Pro-sociality, Ethics, Altruism, Compassion and Equanimity," she said.
Next up, WELL will be exploring purpose and meaning — so stay tuned for the challenge.
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