Role of meditation in stress-especially amongst college students

Posted by: admin on: May 7, 2012

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Student community and meditation seem to be incompatible. Let us see what a Professor of healing has to say about this.

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Imagine stillness; complete silence. Imagine prolonged moments of “non-doing.”
Many of us probably can’t. In fact, the art of multitasking is perhaps the one skill all students share. And this comes with consequences.
A surge of research studies suggest that meditation — when done consistently — carries the potential to rewire our brains, taming them to be optimistic, compassionate, calm and stress-free in difficult times. Conversely, those who neglect their “inner-self” are at risk for more stress and anxiety than their meditating counterparts.
Professor Erik Storlie is an affiliate of the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing as well as supervisor of the Mindfulness for Students Club. His 48-year engagement with Zen meditation renders him an expert in mindfulness-based stress reduction Christine Ojala is a University faculty member who teaches yoga and meditation to students, nurses, doctors and health-care professionals. The difference between those in her meditation classes and the average college student is that those in meditation classes are self-aware. Aware of their stress and anxiety, they seek meditation as a remedy.
What Ojala notes to be the cause — and I agree — is resistance. Students refuse to slow down. Juggling full-time credits, jobs, relationships, and social and family life, we are conditioned to equate meditation with slowing down, and slowing down with lack of achievement.
“Equanimity after meditation comes from learning to let go,” Ojala said, “to be the observer and see more … to not get sucked into the drama of student existence.”
Stress and anxiety are concerns all students share, but without any awareness or self-care, our lives may continue to suffer.

Ref: http://www.mndaily.com/2012/02/16/meditation-reduces-stress

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