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Do your studies stress you out? And do your stress levels affect your study habits? Is it all just one overwhelming circle of stress that you can't escape? Are you silently screaming?
We know that stress can take a toll on academic performance and overall health. Add in a short time-frame at the end of every semester when all assignments are due and the whole campus feels tense and overwhelmed. Add in a dash of 2020, and we're right there with you. That's why every semester JMU Libraries hosts activities to help students and faculty find release during the stressful final exam season. Activities vary semester to semester, but this year, we're focusing on what you can do from home and inside your own mind.
Join us for virtual meditation sessions from Monday, December 7, through Friday, December 18, with a little help from our friends in JMU Initiative for Contemplative Study and Practices.
Loving Kindness Meditation
Surround yourself and others with goodwill, kindness, and warmth during finals week, with this introduction to loving kindness meditation. Choose one:
Sign up for December 7, 11:15-11:30am or
Sign up for December 9, 11:15-11:30am
Mixed Media Painting: Holiday Ornaments
Studies have shown that exposure to even small amounts of art and creativity can reduce stress and anxiety. Spend a relaxing hour creating holiday ornaments using acrylic paints and regular household items. No prior art experience necessary.
Sign up for December 7, 3-4pm
Check-in and Visioning Meditation
Focus on imaging for health, happiness, success and well-being. Choose one:
Sign up for December 8, 10-11am or
Sign up for December 10, 10-11am or
Sign up for December 15, 10-11am or
Sign up for December 16, 10-11am
Realizing Presence: Making Space for Your Thoughts
Learn to quiet the worried mind through a cultivation of awareness for the present moment.
Sign up for December 8, 3-4pm
Mindful Meditation for Stress Reduction
As this difficult semester comes to a close, be kind to yourself by learning techniques that bring about a calm, focused, and compassionate mind.
Sign up for December 8, 8-9pm
30-Minute Breathing Meditation
Be guided through a half hour of breath focus that is sure to get you relaxed and ready for finals. Offered in partnership with the JMU School of Music.
Sign up for December 10, 2-2:30
Be guided through a simple meditation session. Offered in partnership with the JMU School of Music.
Sign up for December 11, 2-3pm
Zen Meditation for Beginners
Learn a bit about Zen and experiment with a few short practices, which are inclusive of people of diverse religions, or no religion.
Sign up for December 14, 4-4:5pm
Loving Kindness Meditation
Wind down from finals week with our psychology librarian Liz Chenevey. This Loving Kindness Meditation will connect you to your own warmth and happiness, and we hope these vibes will follow you through a restful and deserved winter break.
Sign up for December 17, 1:00-1:15pm
If you would like to see other mindfulness activities at the Libraries or online, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to share your ideas!