Overcome stress with meditation
FGCU’s Meditation Club offers weekly meetings filled with serenity, clarity, bliss
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 20:02
Stress is a word that college students have in their vocabulary. Work, school and social life sometimes don't balance out, and it causes a lot of fracture in the lives that we are living.
Luckily, there are a couple ways to help take the stress out of those things, and one of them is meditation.
FGCU's Meditation Club, brought to campus in the fall semester of 2010, has been making a difference in how students deal with stress, and have been bringing some relaxing methods to dealing with stress as well.
"Initially, I started Meditation Club out of a personal need," said Diana Honorat, a senior majoring in community health who's the club's president and founder. "Over the course of my undergraduate years, my course load became hard and I was very busy with other responsibilities," Honorat said.
As time went on, Honorat found her reasons for founding such a club.
"I realized that I did not have time for myself, and as a result I always felt disconnected from who I was. I was tired of living life as an automaton."
She also understood that many others would probably benefit from meditation, which is meant to bring about three key things: serenity, clarity and bliss. It is done so that your mind will be clear and you will feel a difference in your energy.
"I started Meditation Club to offer the students a time step back from their responsibilities and the constant life of ‘business,' and to feed their soul by reconnecting with it," Honorat said.
"Undergraduate experience is not just for academic growth, but also for personal growth as well."
So for the unfamiliar, what exactly happens when one meditates?
Usually during the FGCU meditation sessions, Honorat led the students through a guided meditation incorporating music.
"These guided meditations can include guided imagery, chakra meditations, breathing techniques, and mantra meditation," Honorat said.
They have also started to incorporate new techniques, including sound meditation through using Tibetan bowls, which are a type of bell that provides healing through its sound.
"In the future, we plan on traveling to learn about the various cultures of meditation, for instance, traveling to a Buddhist temple," Honorat said.
"Meditation Club is a growing club, so we are always open to new ideas and techniques, as we are also learning ourselves," she said.
"There are physiological, psychological and spiritual benefits to meditation. Research has proven that daily practice of meditation aids in improved concentration, stress relief, and a sense of well-being in general," Honorat said.
If you want to get involved, Meditation Club meets in Ben Hill Griffin Hall Room 213 from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays, and they are always open to new members. Stop by and club members say you might just surprise yourself at how much better you feel.