By Jordan Wilmot
Grand Rapids Community College is offering something new to help students and staff looking to manage stress.
Mindful Meditation Mondays take place in GRCC’s own library’s meditation and prayer room every Monday at noon.
Emily Nisley, an associate professor and counselor at GRCC, is leading the meditation sessions.
Last school year, Nisley took a sabbatical, during which she enrolled in holistic research and medicine as well as tai chi and meditation courses to further her knowledge on the topics. Through her studies, Nisley became well versed in several techniques of meditation as well as tai chi, a Chinese tradition similar to yoga.
Now that Nisley is no longer on sabbatical, she is making great use of her new talents by kickstarting Mindful Meditation Mondays which started last month and will continue through the 2018 fall term.
When asked what the class meant to her personally and what her goals for the students are Nisley said she wants to help participants improve their personal wellness and the health of their mind and body. Other possible results of practicing meditation consistently could be stress reduction, a stronger immune system, an increase in attentiveness and concentration and it may even lessen the effect of physical and mental health conditions produced from stress.
Nisley said students and staff can join the group and feel right at ease at any point throughout the term, but the meditation classes will vary and offer opportunities to build on previously shown techniques. By building on the methods shown throughout the term, participants can expect to achieve the most payoff from meditating.
Nisley said people that practice mindful meditation impacts many other aspects of their life. She said that meditation includes “activities that could complement, I think, any other steps that a person might be taking to enhance their wellness.”
It’s important to note that every class is free and secular-based, meaning that religion is not something that is highlighted during sessions.