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. No pre-registration is required - just show up at the UH Wellness Office (CRWS Ste 1038) and join us in person from 12:30 - 12:50 pm every Thursday!
Need meditation now? Here are some previous practices:
- Compassion Meditation (led by Syed)
- Mindful Minutes (led by Gulden)
- Spirituality and Mindfulness (led by Gulden)
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 to 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.