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Meditation can be a useful antidote to stress. This practice invites us to slow down, breathe, and cultivate a greater awareness of our own experiences and the ways in which our body and mind can work together. During meditation the body shifts into a state of restful awareness in which we relax the fight or flight stress response, improve sleep, relieve feelings of anxiety and depression, decrease blood pressure, and improve the attention span, among other potential benefits. Meditation practices at the University Health Center will introduce students, staff, and faculty to different types of meditations including, but not limited to, breath focused meditation, mantra-based, loving kindness, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, individual and group reflections, journaling practices, affirmation card pulls, and movement-based meditation. Meditation is a dynamic, diverse, and deeply personal practice, so we invite you to explore the various styles of meditation being offered through the University Health Center to see which styles resonate with you!