It’s no secret that we live in a fast-paced world. The whole world is at our fingertips and attention spans have been shrinking. When the speed of life becomes overwhelming, take a break.
Meditation is a way to recenter and refocus. The practice stems from Buddhist and Hindu traditions and slowly spread as a way to take time to focus on self. Now, Oakland University Recreation and Well-Being is introducing people to the practice.
“Making Meditation a Habit (MMAH) is designed to teach individuals the foundation and history behind meditation, its’ purpose, and its’ benefits,” said Stephanie Willis, the wellness and educational outreach coordinator. “MMAH goes over these principles and practices in the first few weeks of the program, then individuals continue to come weekly to practice meditation together, talk about how their week was practicing meditation, and learn best practices from one another.”
MMAH is a six week program that meets in the David E. Herman Room on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Participants will learn how to master a 15-minute meditation and receive support.
Willis said that the program was inspired to help students and employees manage their stress and that many might not have thought of meditation as a coping tool. “We wanted to provide an additional solution to help people manage their stress in a healthy way,” she said.
Willis hopes that the participants will see the benefits of adding meditation to their lives and will incorporate it into their lifestyles.
A little skeptical of taking even more time out of your busy schedule?
“My advice would be to approach this with an open mind and give meditation a chance,” Willis said, “This is not something that works for everyone, nor is this a quick fix that works overnight. Meditation takes time to develop a habit and experience the full rewards of meditating. While this might not be the stress management tool for everyone, it does work for many, is easy to learn, and free! Meditation doesn’t cost anything except your time.”