Ten minutes for your mind

@2:50 meets daily online 

Anyone can join any day. (Buttons join live webinars.)

Why mindfulness? Because

  • chronic uncertainty may cause anxiety, stress, or health effects;
  • a mindfulness practice fosters equanimity in the face of change;
  • your plate of ‘to-dos’ can likely wait ten minutes.

Why 2:50 PM?

By holding @2:50 in the middle of the day, we acknowledge the vital role practice can play in our lives. Is mindfulness as essential as clean water, nourishing food, and trips to the bathroom? A growing body of evidence seems to suggest that it is.

Celebrating @2:50 EST’s 1000th consecutive day

Join us in person to celebrate at the MIT non-denominational chapel. This classic 1955 Eero Saarinen structure is the perfect spot for a few minutes of mindfulness. 

Tues 6 Dec 2:30 PM

MIT Chapel, 48 Mass Ave, Cambridge

How do I participate?

Here are some ways you might join or do whatever feels most comfortable to you. A short introduction is offered at 2:48 each day. Or listen to guided previews here.

  • Sit relaxed and close your eyes, or observe the screen or;
  • observe your breathing and let it go in and out by itself or;
  • notice sensations in your body with your mind’s eye or;
  • visualize a relaxing scene or something you are grateful for.

What if I can’t join @2:50 pm?

You’re welcome to join @250 as often or as infrequently as your schedule allows. @250’s global mission is to encourage ten minutes of mindfulness in whatever form or time works best for you.

An open invitation

We’d love to have you start an @250 in your time zone. Learn more.

@2:50 Milestones

  • Tue 6 Dec2022 marks 1000 consecutive days of EST@2:50
  • Fri 11 Mar 2022 marks the second anniversary of EST@2:50
  • Fri 11 Feb 2022 marks the first anniversary of EET@2:50
  • Fri 31 Dec 2021 marks 974 total meetings with more than 198,960 person/minutes shared in quiet reflection.

Photo credit: Claudia, @2:50 participant



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About @2:50

@2:50 is a daily mindfulness reflection period offered free to the world. This is an open webinar that anyone can join on any day. Created at MIT (Cambridge, MA), the event intends to help people reflect and recharge. Participants from around the world join it. @2:50 does not promote any creed, sect, organization, or ideology. We meet every day for ten minutes of quiet. Everyone is invited.

Joining on camera

Anyone anywhere can join any day using the links at the top of the page. Everyone is also welcome to join the on-screen panel. To register for the daily zoom meeting, leave your first name and email here.

Arthur hosts EST@2:50. Professionally, he serves in marketing and communications with MIT CTL. Personally, he enjoys cycling and art-making. As an @2:50 host, he draws on experiences from yoga and meditation practices. https://arthurgrau.com

Partha hosts EET@2:50 from Finland. Professionally, he is a Supply Chain practitioner focused on S&OP / IBP. Personally, he enjoys walking in the forest. As an @2:50 host and life in general, he draws inspiration from non-dual (Advaita, Sanskrit) philosophies from the East and the West.

VK sub-hosts EET&EST@2:50. Professionally, she is an academic research scientist in fluids & structures. Personally, she likes poetry, opera, and Scottish dancing. As an @2:50 host, she is into short mindfulness practices, easily incorporated into the day.

Mindful Practice Resources

The Nose Knows

Breath attention for focusing is one of several techniques we practice daily @2:50 pm. Focusing on sensations and feelings related directly to breathing can serve as an anchor for the rest of the day. We find attention to how the breath works to be a core of practice....

Boxed Breathing

Boxed breathing is a supplemental @2:50 practice shared by one of our regular participants. It's a simple effective technique that quickly brings the mind into focus. It can be used anywhere and anytime. You can modify the length of the count to suit your needs....

Breathing with Nature

For the @2:50 second anniversary, Natalie Hill from MIT ORSEL joined us to share this breathing with nature practice. Each practice introduces a sentence for the in-breath, a sentence for the out-breath, and a short-hand version that captures the essence in a single...

Using the breath guided audio

Attending to the breath is one of several techniques we practice daily @2:50 pm. Breath attention is one of the simplest most effective practices available to anyone anywhere. For this reason, we return to it again as foundational to the rest of the day. Listen to a...

Body observation guided audio

Observation of sensation is one of several techniques we practice daily @2:50 pm. Watching sensations is a simple effective practice available to anyone anywhere at any time. For this reason, we return to it again as foundational to our daily practice. Listen to this...

Gratitude mindfulness guided audio

Gratitude practice is one of several techniques we practice daily @2:50 pm. Gratitude and gratefulness practice can evoke sensations and feelings that resonate with us for the rest of the day. We find attention to gratitude to be foundational to a daily practice....