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Meditation

Weekly meditation sessions are open to all students, faculty, and staff! This offering is part of UH Wellness's mission to educate around all dimensions of wellness, and provide a space for ​emotional and mental development. This year, we will be rotating between three different types of meditation - general mindfulness meditation (led by UH staff member Stephanie Coates), guided meditation (led by UH staff member Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal), and compassion-focused meditation (led by UH alum and community member Ashley Hamm).

Sessions are held weekly in the UH Wellness Classroom, located in suite 1038 on the first floor of the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center each Thursday from 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm. No pre-registration is required - just show up and join us!

Our Fall 2018 schedule is listed below:

August 30 Guided Meditation
September 6 Mindfulness Meditation
September 13 Compassion Meditation
September 20 Guided Meditation
September 27 Mindfulness Meditation
October 4 Compassion Meditation
October 11 Guided Meditation
October 18 Mindfulness Meditation
October 25 Compassion Meditation
November 1 Guided Meditation
November 8 Mindfulness Meditation
November 15 Guided Meditation
November 29 Mindfulness Meditation
December 6 Compassion Meditation

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to sit cross-legged on the floor to meditate?
If you enjoy sitting on the floor, feel free to do so, but it isn’t necessary. It is more important to sit so that you are comfortable and alert. Sit upright in a chair. Use the back for support if you need it, or sit slightly forward if you can be comfortable that way.

Should I always sit to meditate?
Sitting is the most common way to meditate because it is easy to be both comfortable and alert. You can also focus your attention on your breath at any time during the day when standing, walking, or reclining. Be careful when reclining to remain alert and not drift off to sleep.

Is following the breath the only way to meditate?
You can focus your attention on any bodily sensation or external sense perception that is happening right now. Some people focus on their own heartbeat, others focus on sounds around them, others focus on mentally repeating a word or phrase, such as a mantra.

Should I close my eyes to meditate?
Usually closing your eyes reduces visual distractions, but it may cause you to become sleepy. If you feel drowsy, open them partially and gaze at the floor a few feet in front of you. Find what works best for you.

What do I do with my hands?
Some meditators emphasize holding the hands in certain positions, and you can do that if you prefer, but it isn’t necessary. You can simply place your hands in your lap, or on your legs or knees. Keep your elbows close to your side so you don’t slump forward.

When, where, and how often should I meditate?
Anywhere, anytime, and as often as you like. Most people get the greatest benefit by meditating daily at a set time each day. As little as 10 or 20 minutes every day is enough, but do it longer if you enjoy it. Meditating consistently every day is more important than how long you sit.

Will meditation cause me zone out or enter some altered state?
That isn’t really the goal of mindfulness. Instead, we want to pay attention to whatever is actually happening right now, to be present with what happens in the body, mind, and world around us.​