Keep calm and get your meditation on

By Madison Sirb
Guest Writer

February 28, 2013

The spring semester of school always seems to fly by with a large amount of homework and group projects being due in

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what seems to be no time. Between the constant trips to the library during the week and heading to social events on the weekend, who has time to relax?

There’s a new class being introduced to campus this semester in health and wellness and it focuses on stress management on today’s stressed out students. One main focus on this class is meditation.

Meditation can increase grey matter density in the hippocampus, which is known to be important for learning and memory. Researchers at Yale found that people who meditated regularly kept their mind from wandering throughout the day which increased their attention span.

If it’s your first time practicing meditation, you should follow these easy guidelines. First find a quiet space and sit however you’d like with your eyes closed. Allow your mind to shut up and focus on slow rhythmic breathing.

To help yourself with breathing you can download free meditation music online. All of these guidelines can help you achieve the ultimate goal of meditation: total Zen.

A Zen state is the calming of one’s body and mind by opening yourself up to discovering insight into the nature of your being.

A 15 minute meditation break has many positives. This break can help reduce stress and anxiety; you’ve been carrying around this stress and anxiety with school it’s about time that you should let it go!

Have a headache? Before turning to aspirin try meditation.  It can help alleviate and cure headaches.

Taking 15 minutes to meditate can also enhance your energy. We all need that extra oomph to focus on your school work and your social life, and meditation can provide just that.

The best thing about meditation is that it’s free! There is no unusual, expensive equipment. The only thing you need is 15 minutes and to find a quiet place. There are too many positives to ignore meditation. Give it a try and soon you’ll be asking yourself “why haven’t I tried this before?”

Madison is a senior majoring in health and physical education, and can be contacted at msirb@lhup.edu. 

 
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