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Making Changes With Meditation

Do you find yourself running out of steam, losing motivation, or just overall stressed out? Is it difficult for you to balance all of the activities in your busy life and wish you were more grounded? Maybe you lose your patience easily and you wish you knew a technique that would help you keep your […]

Do you find yourself running out of steam, losing motivation, or just overall stressed out? Is it difficult for you to balance all of the activities in your busy life and wish you were more grounded? Maybe you lose your patience easily and you wish you knew a technique that would help you keep your cool? 

Luckily there is a cure to take some of this stress and anger away. This is where the practice of meditation comes into play. Meditation is a great way to cope with the stresses of life and become a more grounded and peaceful person. Wellness counselor Mrs. Emily McDougall says that one of the benefits of meditation is slowing down and processing your thoughts. 

“During our daily lives we think about something and we respond to that thought without even noticing that we’re doing it,” she says. “But meditation helps us to become more aware of that thought and have a choice of what we do with the thought.” 

She states how starting meditation has allowed her to understand her personal growth.

“I started meditating because I realized it’s a way to get to know myself better — that became a meaningful reason for me to maintain the practice.” 

History teacher Mr. Michael Hood advises all students to give meditation a chance. “At some point everybody is going to struggle with feelings of anxiety and stress and feeling overwhelmed and having a tool in your toolbox you can use in those situations can be very helpful,” he says.

Karsten Thomas (‘22) says meditating daily has benefited his stress levels. “I started meditation for stress relief because I realized that with meditating I have found a way to ground myself…meditation can help you get a breather and put things in perspective.”

The senior says he can tell a difference on days when he doesn’t meditate. “If I skip a day it’s not a bad thing, but I can tell I’m a little bit less focused and grounded than I usually am.” 

Mrs. McDougall also relates to seeing a change in her mood when she doesn’t meditate. “I try and set a time to meditate in the morning and sometimes things will happen, and I won’t have that time to meditate, and I tend to find that I’m a little less patient and am more likely to fall into old patterns when I don’t meditate. So I try to keep up that daily practice.” 

If you are still skeptical about if meditating really works, the best way to see is trying it out for yourself. Take five minutes out of your day to be still and focus on your breath, and I’m sure you will start to see results. I have been meditating for a little over a year and have definitely seen myself grow into a more patient and grounded person, and I am better able to process my emotions. 

“There is really no drawback to it at all,” Mr. Hood says. “It calms you down, it elevates feelings of anxiety and depression. It makes you feel nicer and more warm and emotionally more connected to other people.”

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