As humans, we spend a lot of time worrying about the future and thinking about the past – this can keep us from truly experiencing (and enjoying) the present moment. The practice of mindfulness can help with this. Mindfulness, at its core, is the awareness that arises when we take a step back and non-judgmentally pay attention to the present moment. A significant amount of research over the last decade has shown that this practice can help to reduce stress, decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety, and even help to make us more physically healthy. With all of the stressors involved in everyday life as a college student, mindfulness can be a very useful tool. While it can be overwhelming to know where to start with this practice, there are several resources on campus to utilize.
The Walter Young Center offers a weekly virtual drop-in meditation group every Monday afternoon at 4pm, and every Friday morning at 9:30am. It’s open to everyone on campus, and no experience with meditation is required! Each week includes 10-15 minute guided meditation followed by facilitated discussion and education on mindfulness. To join in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a Microsoft Teams invite. There is no need to RSVP - you can drop in to the group whenever your schedule allows.
The professional counselors at Walter Young Center can also work with students individually and integrate mindfulness techniques into their counseling, if students are open to this approach.
For students interested in practicing these techniques, the Walter Young Center has a Meditation Room – a calming, peaceful space that students can schedule to use at their discretion once they have been oriented to the room by a staff member. Unfortunately the meditation room will be closed for fall semester due to Covid-19, but please check back in the spring about utilizing this campus resource!