C. Sara L. Minard, D'Amore-McKim School of Business executive professor, has been practicing mindfulness with students in her “Impact Investing and Social Finance” class, an experience she feels is necessary to begin their time together as one. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment.

Mindfulness, “changes the whole energy of the room,” Minard explained. “It's absolutely essential to start our time together. It's like taking a deep breath before you start something important.”

According to the New York Times, this type of meditation isn't necessarily about wandering thoughts, but is based more on the idea of being in the moment, whether in actual thought, emotions or even sensation.

Minard believes beginning class with a few minutes of mindfulness exercise has a definite positive impact on both the energy and receptiveness of students.

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