Mindful Meditation

Group Meets

Spring Semester 2020


  • Time: 11 - 11:45 a.m.
  • Location: Wildcat Center 202


  • Time: Noon - 12:50 p.m.
  • Location: Room SC 280

Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

This group will not meet between semesters.

Everyone is welcome and you may come regularly or anytime that your schedule permits. Drop-in and join us.


Facilitator: Craig Oreshnick, PhD

Come learn how to meditate and unwind while experiencing a calming environment during our weekly relaxation groups.

Benefits of Meditation and Relaxation

  • Increase your academic performance with improved concentration, memory, and productivity
  • Reduce fatigue, anxiety, headaches, ulcers and more
  • Enhance immunity and overall health
  • Prevent stress from accumulating

Individuals may come weekly and/or occasionally as their time permits; however, the greater benefit generally occurs with regular practice and weekly participation.


The Relaxation/Meditation Group helps participants deeply relax as they take part in a 45-minute guided relaxation/meditation using a variety of techniques. We focus on abdominal breathing to help participants release tension and relax.

Additional techniques principally used include:

  • Meditation- focuses on being in the here-and-now, being mindful of the present. Refraining from allowing the past and/or future to create stress/unrest. It also includes silently repeating a mantra (a peaceful word, phrase or sound) while focusing on our breathing. 
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation- involves tensing and releasing muscle groups to reach a greater state of (muscular) relaxation. (May involve releasing existing tension without first tensing.)
  • Guided Imagery / Visualization of a Peaceful Scene- imagining a peaceful, calm and relaxing scene to bring tranquility to body and mind; visualizing a relaxing image/feeling.
  • Autogenic Training- focusing on bodily areas and imagining these areas becoming warm and heavy.

Adapted from: Bourne, E. (2005). The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook (4th Ed.).


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