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Meditation for mental health

Art by: Kevin Corrales
By Life@TheU

Art by: Kevin Corrales

Meditation for mental health

By Life@TheU
As the final piece of this month’s five-part series on mental health benefits, tips, and resources, Lunthita Duthely, assistant research professor for UM’s Miller School of Medicine, shared how meditation can contribute to well-being at work and home.

After taking her first free meditation class as an undergraduate student at the University of Miami in the early 1980’s, Lunthita Duthely knew her life was changed for the better. Nearly a decade after taking her first class she began practicing regularly, became a meditation instructor in 1994, and started teaching classes at UM in 1997.

Now, as an assistant research professor for UM’s Miller School of Medicine in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, she shared the benefits of meditation with faculty, staff, and students by teaching free classes at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center on the medical campus and the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center on the Coral Gables campus.

By taking a heart-centered approach to meditation, Duthely shared that anyone, at any level, can join her classes and experience positive effects. “Meditation is food for the inner self,” said Duthely. “We all need a way to disconnect and recharge our inner battery and my enthusiasm for meditation continues as I consistently experience this and more,” she added.  

Classes with Duthely are available throughout the summer on both the Coral Gables and medical campuses. Check the schedule frequently, as classes are often added throughout the year.


For those who are unsure about getting started, Duthely shared personal tips for anyone looking to enhance or begin their meditation practice:

  • Begin with a method or technique.
  • Be regular and even punctual with your practice. It’s best to practice daily.
  • Remain with one method at a time. It can be confusing to mix and match.
  • Try a new method if you feel you are no longer benefiting from your chosen practice.

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