On Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 5:30pm, Briscoe Library and Student Life joined forces to launch the Student Spotlight Series. The series showcases students as teachers. Each highly-interactive session offers the presenter an opportunity to lead fellow students through an activity that complements traditional learning in the core curriculum. The intent is to facilitate access to and strengthen multiple aspects of intelligence in order to increase resilience, creativity, and cognition.
Austin Sweat, MS2 and SGA President, and Colt Deutscher, MS2 kicked off the series with a session on the practice of mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a mind-body practice that brings the practitioner fully into awareness of the present moment. Substantive literature exists on the practice of mindfulness and improved health and well-being. Practitioners have thousands of years of tradition and many approaches to draw from. Deutshcer and Sweat, respectively, discussed Zazen and transcendental meditation.
Deutscher described the roots of Zazen and its physical practice. Zazen’s main component is the act of sitting still. He led the audience through the proper posture and held a two-minute meditation in the pose.
Sweat then discussed transcendental meditation, its roots, and its practical application for student life and professional practice. He then led students through a two-minute meditation. The main component of the practice is concentrating on a tone while sitting still. The “prescription” for practice is twenty minutes, two times daily.
Look for upcoming events in the Spring Semester. Contact Emme Lopez, Education and Assessment Librarian, with questions or ideas for a Student Spotlight session.