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Mindfulness meditation entails setting aside some time to nurture yourself, reduce stress, and foster strength and resilience through being with your conscious experience in a particular way. Please join us in person on Mondays for 20-30 minute sessions. Alternatively, you can find some audio recordings to trial at your convenience at the bottom of the page. Please reach out via email out to the hosts identified below with any questions, comments, requests, etc. If you are unable to attend a live session, please take the opportunity to enjoy some Mindfulness and/or Compassion guided audio recordings by Karen Bluth, PhD and/or Jonny Gerkin, MD found below.

Mindful Friday

MindFul Friday occurs virtually from 12:15 to 12:45 each Friday, hosted by Dr. Jonny Gerkin, MD. Anyone interested in being added to the weekly Zoom sessions can email

Jonny Gerkin

About Jonny and MindFul Friday: Jonny Gerkin is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (which primarily entails working with medical patients). He enjoys incorporating brief psychotherapeutic interventions at the bedside that are based on mindfulness practices and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He has been hosting weekly guided meditations at UNC for nearly 10 years and has developed and implemented multiple mindfulness-based curricular projects with medical staff, providers, and trainees that target stress management, burnout, and effective clinical practice. The sessions are open to all UNC-affiliated staff, students, researchers, clinical trainees, and faculty. Please drop in to experience some basic, guided mindfulness practices that incorporate insight-oriented, gratitude, and loving-kindness/compassion meditations, among others.


Transcripts with audio links:
Three Minute Breathing Space and Link
Anchoring Practice and link
Body Scan Meditation adapted from Mindfulness Based CBT
LKM for Sleep Onset and link
Autogenic Training Script and link
Brief Breathing Space and Compassion


Karen BluthAbout Karen: Dr. Karen Bluth, PhD is faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry, and the director of the Frank Porter Graham Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Program for Families ( which offers specialized self-compassion training to teens, pre-teens, children, parents and all adults who traverse the lives of youth, with the ultimate goal of creating a community imbued with greater compassion for ourselves and others. Dr. Bluth is the author of 3 books for teens on self-compassion.

Program on Mindfulness & Self Compassion for Families:

Audio recordings for Making Friends with Yourself


If you are interested in learning more about Mindful Self-Compassion, including upcoming program offerings through the Frank Porter Graham Program on Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Families, you can access information through the program website below.