You can’t walk around campus without hearing someone complain about how much work they have to do or how stressed they are. Stress is a part of life but, thankfully, there are a lot of ways to get rid of it. One way is meditation.
Meditation has been used for over 5,000 years as a way to find serenity and focus. Originally used by Brahman priests to deepen their religious understanding, meditation is now used by people all over the world as a way to de-stress.
There are many different types of meditation, including guided meditation to tai-chi. The most basic form of meditation involves closing your eyes and either sitting or laying down. Then focus on your breathing and try to forget the other activities you have for the day. By doing this, your mind slows down and allows you to relax. Meditation can last for five minutes or for over an hour, and can be practiced everyday or once a week.
Some may find meditation frustrating at first because it is hard to clear you mind and think of nothing, but practicing meditation will make it easier. If traditional meditation doesn’t work for you there are other, more active ways to practice meditation, like combining walking or prayer with meditation.
Neuroscientists from Harvard and MIT performed research and found that the brains of those who meditated over an eight week period produced more brain waves that suppress irrelevant information. This means they could focus better on work they were doing and better handle stress.
Syracuse University has its own meditation sessions in the lower level of Hendricks Chapel every Monday from 12-1. You can check it out here.