Meditation was first documented around 3,500 BCE in the Indian subcontinent. Travelling from India to Toaist China and Japan, meditation came to America only after having taken forms all over the world as a sacred practice of concentration and mindfulness- and did you know that you can meditate weekly in the bottom of the EUC? For free?
The Sky Club at UNCG recognizes meditation as an innate necessity- something as, “essential to a healthy lifestyle as brushing your teeth.” With four board members and one lead facilitator (who happens to be UNCG alumni), the club meets in the EUC to do short yoga sequences, play games to unwind, and of course, meditate. The club also hosts mini-events around campus periodically, like giving out free hugs to students between classes to revive a sense of unity and camaraderie.
Aside from being a relaxing commitment to pencil in for Thursday afternoons, meditation is a practice that can benefit all aspects of your college experience. Focusing on the inner workings of your mind and body (boosting proprioception) facilitates the processing of thoughts and feelings in an unfiltered manner. Allowing your brain to flow in whatever direction it is inclined to, along with intermittent periods of “nothingness,” the body and mind are able to reset, refocus and reprioritize.
During a typical Sky meditation, individuals will begin with percussive breathing to open up the chest and allow the full capacity of the lungs to be utilized. After energizing the body with the breath, you then quiet the brain by drawing attention to one part of the body at a time. Working from the feet to the head, the goal is for the whole body to be sequentially noticed and appreciated. Once the physical body is intentionally engaged in meditation, the mind will begin to empty.This allows the body to exist as a vessel for thoughts and feelings to flow freely into.
The meditation ends with the facilitator prompting participants to, “put a smile on [their] face and open [their] eyes,” as they bring themselves back to the present and give the room their attention- but hold onto the calm that they just found. Equipping students with tools to help them mindfully engage and challenge their whole selves is the Sky Club’s main goal, noting that, “meditation begins where mindfulness ends.”
Additionally, the Sky Club aims to enable students to participate in the Sky retreat each semester.The Sky retreat is a three day retreat that serves as an immersive yoga and meditation experience for students to ground and recenter themselves to undo the stresses of a busy academic semester. The facilitators of this club know how impactful this weekend can be, and work hard to raise funds each semester with a goal of allowing club members to attend the retreat at no cost.
If you are interested in learning more about the Sky Club at UNCG, contact firstname.lastname@example.org . They typically meet on Thursdays from 4-5 in EUC Kirkland, but their Instagram page (@skyatuncg) offers the most up-to-date information on meeting locations and interest meetings.
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