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Shifters Meditation Class Wiki

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Meditation

 

   

     Mediation has a universal goal of achieving inner peace, calming the mind and reducing stress. Meditation allows the meditator to create a deeper connection between their physical bodies, their minds, and spirit. This is done through many different techniques and for many different reasons. This wiki looks at some of those techniques and the reasons why they are used by people to achieve this inner peace, calmness of the mind, and reduction of stress. This wiki does so by presenting the readers with a variety of materials including: peer-reviewed journal articles, books, media elements, websites and original creations made by the authors of this wiki. This wiki also discusses some of the many benefits that meditation may have.

     

     The following is a quote that speaks about meditation and its effects on our lives. “When we pay attention, whatever we are doing...is transformed and becomes a part of our spiritual path. We begin to notice details and textures that we never noticed before' everyday life becomes clearer, sharper, and at the same time more spacious.” -- Rick Fields et al., Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life. (Desiree Long)

 

 


 

 

Peer Review Journal Articles:

 

Sharma, R., Singh, Y., Talwar. (2012). IMMEDIATE AND LONG TERM EFFECTS ON ACUTE STRESS REACTIVITY, COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS, AND INTELLIGENCE. Alternative Therapies, in Health & Medicine, 18(6), 46-53.

http://ehis.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?vid=3&sid=9b5c9393-a212-4b82-9744-060e557f0309%40sessionmgr115&hid=106&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=rzh&AN=2011792149 ( Lisa Williams)

 

 

Amit, Bijlani, Ramesh, L., Ratna, Sharma. (2011). EFFECT ON MEDITATION ON STRESS-INDUCED CHANGES IN COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 17(3). 207-213.

http://ehis.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?vid=4&sid=9b5c9393-a212-4b82-9744-060e557f0309%40sessionmgr115&hid=6&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=rzh&AN=2010979142 ( Lisa Williams)

 

 

Khalsa, D., Monti, D., Moss, A., Newberg, A., Roggenkamp, H., Waldman, M.  EFFECTS OF AN EIGHT WEEK MEDITATION PROGRAM ON MOOD & ANXIETY IN PATIENTS WITH MEMOERY LOSS. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 18(1). 48-53. ( Lisa Williams)

 

 

Ireland, M. (2012). MEDITATION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH AND FUNCTIONING: A DESCRIPTIVE AND CRITICAL REVIEW. Scientific Review Of Mental Health Practice, 9(1), 4-19.

http://ehis.ebscohost.com.libproxy.nau.edu/ehost/detail?vid=7&sid=17da2f7a-f77a-458b-8195-883b7458d26d%40sessionmgr15&hid=109&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=a9h&AN=74162167  (Kayla Penner)

 

 

Lavretsky, H. H., Epel, E. S., Siddarth, P. P., Nazarian, N. N., Cyr, N. t., Khalsa, D. S., & ... Irwin, M. R. (2013). A pilot study of yogic meditation for family dementia caregivers with depressive symptoms: effects on mental health, cognition, and telomerase activity A pilot study of yogic meditation for family dementia caregivers with depressive symptoms: effects.. International Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28(1), 57-65. doi:10.1002/gps.3790

http://ehis.ebscohost.com.libproxy.nau.edu/ehost/detail?vid=3&sid=17da2f7a-f77a-458b-8195-883b7458d26d%40sessionmgr15&hid=4&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=a9h&AN=83926854 (Kayla Penner)

 

 

Rocco, S., Dempsey, S., & Hartman, D. (2012). Teaching calm abiding meditation to mental health workers: a descriptive account of valuing subjectivity. Contemporary Buddhism, 13(2), 193-211. doi:10.1080/14639947.2012.716707

http://ehis.ebscohost.com.libproxy.nau.edu/ehost/detail?vid=5&sid=17da2f7a-f77a-458b-8195-883b7458d26d%40sessionmgr15&hid=109&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=a9h&AN=83565213 (Kayla Penner)

 

 

"This paper evaluates the benefits of meditation in regard to emotional intelligence (EI), perceived stress and negative mental health with cross-sectional and experimental studies." 

Chu, L. (2010). The Benefits of Meditation Vis-à-Vis Emotional Intelligence, Perceived Stress and Negative Mental Health. Stress & Health: Journal of The International Society For The Investigation Of Stress, 26(2), 169-180. doi:10.1002/smi.1289 (Desiree Long)

 

 

"The research investigated the effect of mindfulness meditation on the emotional states of depression, anxiety, and stress. Additionally, we explored whether people with varying severity of depression, anxiety, and stress responded differently to mindfulness training."

Schreiner, I., & Malcolm, J. P. (2008). The Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation: Changes in Emotional States of Depression, Anxiety, and Stress. Behaviour Change, 25(3), 156-168. doi:10.1375/bech.25.3.156 (Desiree Long)

 

 

"While much of this literature describes promising approaches that combine mindfulness with cognitive-behavioral therapy, this paper describes an innovative research-based group program that teaches young people in need mindfulness-based methods using arts-based methods. The paper presents qualitative research findings that illustrate how young people in need (children and youth involved with child protection and/or mental health systems) can benefit from a creative approach to mindfulness that can teach them emotional regulation, social and coping skills, and that can improve aspects of their self-awareness, self-esteem, and resilience."

Coholic, D. (2011). Exploring the Feasibility and Benefits of Arts-Based Mindfulness-Based Practices with Young People in Need: Aiming to Improve Aspects of Self-Awareness and Resilience. Child & Youth Care Forum, Journal of Research and Practice in Children's Services 40(4), 303-317. doi:10.1007/s10566-010-9139-x (Desiree Long)

 

 


 

 

Books:

 

Rosenberg, L. (1998). Breath by Breath: The liberating practice of insight meditation. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications, Inc. (Kayla Penner)

 

 

Salzberg, S. (2011). Real Happiness: The power of Meditation. New York, NY: Workman Publishing Company, Inc. (Kayla Penner)

 

 

Seaward, B. (2012). Managing Stress: Principles and strategies for Health and Well-being(7th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. (Kayla Penner)

 

 

This book “is an amazing little step by step guide to finding inner peace, joy, clarity, and creativity through meditation. It's simple, easy to read, provides great insights to meditation, and will have you experiencing the many benefits in no time. Each day you receive inspiring quotes, as well as insights and 2 meditation techniques to try. By the end of the 21 days, you will have a great understanding of meditation, you will have found a meditation technique which is suited and works best for you, and you will begin experiencing the immense benefits of meditation, including: Inner peace, clarity, joy, peace of mind and creativity.” Description was found on amazon.com. 

Burns, C. (2012). Pure Meditation: A 21 Day Step by Step Guide to Finding Inner Peace, Joe, Clarity & Creativity Through Meditation. ebook. eBookIt.com. ISBN-13: 978-4566-0703-6. (Desiree Long)

Front Cover

 

 

Vivekananda, S. (1978). Meditation and It’s Methods. Hollywood, California. Vedanta Press.(Desiree Long)

 

 

Davich, V. N. (1998). The Best Guide to Meditation : Easily Accessible Information for a Richer, Fuller Life. United States of America. Renaissance Media, Inc. (Desiree Long)

 

 

Kabat- Zinn, J. ( 2005). Whereever You Go, There You Go. New York, NY: Hyperion. ( Lisa Williams)


 

 

Tolle, Eckhart. (2004). The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. Novato, CA: New World Library. ( Lisa Williams)

 

 

Osho. (2004). Meditation: The First and Last Freedom. New York, NY: St. Martin's Griffin ( Lisa Williams)

 


 

 

Media Elements:

 

How To Meditate I- What is Meditation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLvU7ppM4vE  (Kayla Penner)

 

 

Meditation: Clearing Negativity

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9ytcwBgJNE (Kayla Penner)

 

 

Misconceptions of Meditation: How To Tips Techniques Guide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oWIZA5KrNE (Kayla Penner)

 

 

Law of Attraction Meditation - Guided Meditation -- "This Law of Attraction meditation guides you through a deeply relaxing meditation that will activate the law of attraction in your life so that you will more easily attract all the things you wish for." Description was given under video. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utEnk-MaOfA (Desiree Long)

 

 

8 Seconds to Less Stress : A Little Bit Better with Keri Glassman -- This is a short video that gives you quick and simple tips to make you feel better and relieve your stress. This video shows a simple form of meditation. 

http://www.youtube.com/user/LivestrongWoman?v=IdR9bFBEx4g (Desiree Long)

 

 

Benefits of Meditation - The Chopra Center for Wellbeing -- This video talked about the benefits of meditation and showed interview clips of people who have recently had first had experience with meditation. The video then went on to talk about the Chopra Center for Wellbeing and their website and what you can find there. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q08UNoJW8-g (Desiree Long)

 

 

Stress Relief Mindfulness Mediation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeKFYOlrRTs ( Lisa Williams)

 

 

Are All Meditation Techniques the Same? 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJVo9T5a3Pw ( Lisa Williams)

 

 

How to Meditate

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=meditation&oq=meditation&gs_l=youtube-reduced.3..0l4.116341.133911.0.134126.10.5.0.5.5.0.157.577.2j3.5.0...0.0...1ac.1.TnwozfE3Lk0 ( Lisa Williams)

 

 


 

 

Websites:

 

http://chanliving.org/index.php/authentic-mindfulness-meditation 

This website shows history on meditation, specifically chan meditation and mindfulness meditation (Kayla Penner)

 

 

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/238093.php 

This website shows some of the benefits that meditation has on the brain(Kayla Penner)

 

 

http://www.project-meditation.org/benefits_of_meditation.html 

This website also states some of the benefits from meditation. (Kayla Penner)

 

 

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070 

This website lists the benefits, types, and elements of meditation. It also gives everyday uses of meditation. (Desiree Long)

 

 

http://www.tm.org/meditation-techniques 

This website talks all about the transcendental mediation technique and what happens when you meditate. (Desiree Long)

 

 

http://psychcentral.com/lib/2010/relaxation-and-meditation-techniques/

This website gives a list of relaxation techniques, including meditation. (Desiree Long)

 

 

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/meditation/overview.htm

This website gives an overview of meditation as well as uses and examples of meditation, side effects and risks, and how meditation might work. ( Lisa Williams)

 

 

http://www.tm.org/

This website tells all about the transcendental meditation technique. ( Lisa Williams)

 

 

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/stress-management/how-to-get-started-with-meditation.htm

This website tells you how to get started with meditation, gives some tips, tells of the benefits, and tells you to seek inspiration. ( Lisa Williams)

 

 


 

 

Original Creations:

 

Meditation.pptx (Kayla Penner)

 

Meditation (Desiree Long).pptx (Desiree Long)

 

Mediation Powerpoint Lisa Williams.pptx  ( Lisa Williams) 


Additional Material:

                                                                            

There are different postures that can be used for meditating, but the important thing is to maintain a good posture. Making sure you don't affect your breathing by having poor posture. These pictures are examples of positions that can be used when meditating. (Kayla Penner)

 

 


 

 

Summary Reflection For Nicole Radnich

For my first transformational practice, I decided to try meditation. I know there are many types of meditation, but I wanted to “free form” it and see how it affects me. I listened to a lot of recommendations by Jon Kabat-Zinn, which really helped me understand what meditation should feel and be like.  Meditation has been proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, benefit emotions and the physical form of the body.  Meditation truly connects the mind-body and spirit because it changes the body physically, while changing how the brain processes information and emotions. This can be beneficial to a wide variety of people of any race, gender and age. To benefit from meditation, I decided to practice 3 times a week for 5-10 minutes depending on how the practice was affecting me in the present time.  These 5-10 minute practice periods were perfect for me since I was a beginner and did not understand the complexity and challenge that meditation could impose on the beginner.  I wanted to receive all the benefits from meditation that were started above, but I really just wanted to put my body into a deep relaxation to help me survive the stress of college.

There are numerous personal applications which could affect any person in a positive manner.  One personal application could be for health reasons. Meditation can be seen to help the body and for people with high blood pressure and stress on the heart, meditation can be a type of medication. Many people want to take less medication in their lifetime and meditation could be an outlet that is healthy and all-natural. All-natural healing and medicine is increasing in popularity and meditation can help the body relax. Another personal application that meditation could benefit would be better emotional stability.  When I was practicing meditation, I would feel happier and more emotionally balanced when the session was completed.  This affected my personal and social life tremendously.  People using meditation could have a more positive outlook on life and better relationships. This is what I experienced when practicing meditation myself. My peers noticed my positive attitude and acceptance towards others.

As well as personal applications that could be affected by meditation, there are also professional applications as well. Awareness is a positive aspect of meditation that can be used in the professional world. When you are aware of the duties you need to accomplish in life, you can tackle those in an efficient manner. Meditation can clear the mind which would make it easier to remember due dates, be faster in gathering information and remembering that information. This is important since the professional portion of our life is demanding and stressful and any intervention that can help is worth trying.  Another professional application in which meditation could benefit is reflection of the mind. When meditation is being done, the mind is supposed to clear and the breath is supposed to take over the conscious. However, this does not always happen so quickly. Before I would get into my relaxing state, I would reflect on the day and how it made me feel, and then those feelings would melt away during the session. If a professional had a rough day at work, they could reflect on the day and then feel it melt away and start anew.  Meditation is a wonderful tool to remind us that work is just work and being happy in life is always more important.

My life has improved since starting the practice of meditation. It made me realize that breathing, even being so small, is greatly important and should not be taken for granted.  I have also come to realize, due to meditation, that stress and negative emotions will pass and that meditation can help with deal with the stresses of life. Even if you cannot clear your mind 100% during the session, you still come out relaxed and grateful for life.  In the sessions, I could feel the stress being lifted off my shoulders and then could feel “weightlessness” replacing it.  I have never completed a practice such as this, which has now opened my mind to spiritual health, which I am completely grateful for.  Like stated earlier, meditation has also changed my emotions.  I am a happier person and more willing to help and be nicer to others.  I believe this is the case because meditation again, has made me more grateful for the “little things” in life.  I am able to appreciate my family and friends, the ability to think and feel emotion, and to even communicate my findings about this practice to others.  With meditation, I was able to melt away the daily stressors of life, even if they were digging a hole in my being.  I just felt more alive and free after meditation and was able to accomplish more for school in a more efficient way.  Meditation is truly a relaxation technique that has worked through the ages. (Nicole Radnich)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Summary of practice reflection:

 

 

My second transformational change that I chose to practice was meditation. I had read a lot on it and knew a lot about it, but I never actually practiced it myself so I decided to try that. My goals for practicing this were to calm myself and reduce my stress. I always get myself worked up about things when there is a lot to do so I needed to find a way to reduce my anxiety and to relax more often even under pressure.

                Like many of the other practices out there, meditation has a lot of benefits. Some of the personal benefits for the person practicing meditation are a calmer state of being throughout the entire day, not just while meditating, and a heightened sense of awareness. Being calm and relaxed lowers blood pressure, so if you have a health issue or are at risk for a cardiovascular issue, meditation helps reduce the risk.

 These are also benefits for practicing it for professional reasons, but some professional benefits also include lower stress and tension levels as well as a greater sense of well-being. If you feel good, you do well, so if you have less stress and feel good, you are more able to focus on the task at hand which helps to increase work productivity if that is what you need to do.

I noticed a lot of benefits from meditating for me personally. After I was done meditated, I was very relaxed and calm for a while afterwards and that maintained through most of the day. This helped me focus on what I was doing instead of worrying about what else needed to get done. This also helped reduce my stress levels so I was happier throughout the day instead of anxious and easily irritated. I learned how to deal with pressure better such as deadlines for homework and tests and it helped me worry less. I really enjoyed meditating and I will continue to practice it. (Kayla Penner)


Summary of Practice Reflection

     All the transformational practices are beneficial to a healthy mind.  I did meditation as my second transformational practice.  We had just done all the readings and discussions on meditation when I decide to do this practice. I had an idea of what meditation was, but it was still something I really wanted to learn more about and try. 

     Meditation is a practice that I personally used to relax my mind.  I have a tendency to over-think things and stress over small details.  Meditation helped me clear my mind and not stress so much over things that weren't important.  I tried to practice meditation early in the morning so I could start my days off calm and smoothly.  If I didn't do that I would meditate when I got home from a stressful day.  After a few meditation sessions I learned that meditation was a great practice for relaxation. 

     I plan on being a personal trainer working with older adults.  Meditation is definitely something I will use with and recommend for my clients.  Everyday life can be very stressful and meditation can be the difference between health conditions caused by stress and a stress-free life.  I would recommend that my clients try to meditate once daily around the same time.  By meditating at the same time every day they will be more likely to make it a habit.  If it becomes a habit it could possibly eliminate a great amount of stress from their lives.     (Crystal Olivarez)

 


Summary of practice reflection:

 

          The first practice I chose was meditation. The reason I wanted to practice meditation is because I had never fully understood how to or put effort into relaxing my mind. This practice always drew me in, when I was younger and would get into fights with a friend or my sister my mom would tell me to go walk away and take deep breathes I never fully understood why it would calm me down, but I am now starting to understand. Meditation incorporates series of deep breaths and or stretching techniques that will calm your mind and body.

The series of yoga poses I decided to do were in the morning and the night. All the meditation I did was either before I got out of bed in the morning or right when I was about to go to sleep for the night. Out of the many different poses I found most of them allowed me to be half asleep or would calm me down from the stressful day.

          Some of my personal reasons for practicing meditation are that there are many health benefits included in the practice some include an awareness of your body and lowers blood pressure which reduces the stress on the heart.  As well as the health benefits to your heart, meditation can reduce bad nights of sleep. I know I personally had issues of insomnia before I started my meditation practice and by the end I was able to sleep through the whole night.

          There are professional applications that are important as well. Some of these include allowing the body to be less stressed and enables the body to focus on being healthy and on the important things in life. The results may not come as quickly as someone wants, but as long as they are committed to the practice long-term benefits will start appearing. Another reason someone may consider meditation is that it clears the mind, which allows room for other things that are more important than stress, more concentration for your job that could end up in a promotion in the long run.

          I have noticed many positive changes in my life ever since I started practicing meditation. The lack of stress in my life has allowed me to concentrate on my schoolwork and become relaxed a lot faster than before. I am a happier person due to the lack of stress and am able to handle tough situations without snapping in anger or frustration. I will make sure to continue this practice of meditation to stay happy and healthy. (Amanda Anderson)

 

 


Summary of Practice Reflection:

 

For my first transformation change I chose meditation. I will admit at first I was skeptical. In the first couple of weeks I felt silly, and wasn’t quite sure what I was supposed to be doing. I would wake really early before my husband so that I had some quiet time and either sit outside or in the spare bedroom. Once I got the practice down I started to notice some changes. In the end of my transformational practice I was meditating at least three times per week. It became sort of a morning ritual for me.

My days are extremely long and usually consist of work, school, and running errands. As I began to meditate more I started to notice a change in my behaviors as well as my relationships. Before meditation I was always really stressed out and always felt like I didn’t have enough time in my day to get things done. Meditation really made changed my perspective on how I live life every day. I began to actually enjoy life and the people in it. I became a more pleasant person to be around and also felt better about myself.

When I was 25 I was diagnosed with hypertension, and was never given a clear answer to why. I have always been in shape and ate healthy overall. My doctors blamed genetic predispositions and every time I would go in for a visit I would be asked if I was under a lot of stress because my blood pressure was always really high. When I was asked I always replied “Sure, who isn’t under a lot of stress?” I honestly just thought high levels of stress were normal until I got a grasp on it and realized that I don’t always have to be on edge and running around like a crazy person. While I was practicing meditation I was taken off of my hypertension medication and truly believe that my blood pressure problems were simply because of stress. Sure I have my days, but overall I am a happier person and definitely carry much less stress because of the meditation I practiced. There are also many more health benefits that could result from meditation.

I am still practicing meditation, I do it about 15 minutes three times a week and when I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. I like to go out early in the mornings and just sit, and listen to my surroundings. You will be amazed at how much something so simple can have such a profound effect on your well-being. There are several different types of meditation, and I am certainly no expert, but it’s not a difficult task and there are several resources out there to help you get started if interested.

(Angela Espinoza) 

 

 

Summary of Practice Reflection for Meditation

     The second transformational practice I chose to pick up was meditation. Meditation is something I have never done anything similar to before. I have had a great deal of stress on my plate this year and I figured meditation might be able to help get rid of some of it. I thought mediation was just as simple as closing your eyes and zoning out. However, I quickly learned that meditation isn't really that simple. You have to learn how quiet your mind and connect with yourself.

 

     When I first began this transformational change practice I felt like I had a bit of a hard time. I experimented with different places to meditate and also with different temperatures. I feel it is easier for me to relax and clear my mind when I am in a cooler situation. Feeling too warm or hot seems to be a distraction to me. It makes me feel fidgety while the cooler situation makes me feel more at ease. At first I had a very had time being still and clearing / quieting my mind, I also felt like meditation might not be for me since my mind is always so active. But as I found what type of environment I preferred to meditate in, meditation became much easier for me. Meditation has allowed me to relax and lift some of the stress from my shoulders. It has also allowed me to connect with myself some more. Since I have begun this practice I feel like I can more easily calm myself down when I begin to feel overwhelmed or stressed.

 

     Professionally, meditation could be very useful with certain types of clients in ways similar to how it has been useful to me. It will allow my clients to be able to clear their minds and put them more at ease. This will allow them to be able to focus on the task at hand and have better concentration as they will not have so many things running through their heads at one time. I believe that if meditation is used right it could also allow clients to have better memory, and not forget or get behind on things they need to be getting done.

(Desiree’ Long) 

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Summary Practice Reflection (Rachel Smelser)

 

For my second practice I chose meditation because I wanted to incorporate my first practice journaling in with it. I chose meditation also because I had never really looked into it much. I wanted to practice something where I could find out more information other than what we learned in class. 

I started my goals off with something small and progressed into it. I did just once a week for around 5-10 minutes and progressed into three times a week. I was eager to start this meditation practice because I wanted to find ways to relieve stress also other than journaling. I took a yoga class in the beginning of the semester so that kind of encouraged me to look into more things like that. 

Personally meditation was not an easy practice for me, I had a very hard time concentrating and getting to the main point of meditation. Being able to connect with myself and not focus on anything was not easy. There are many factors that contribute to meditation for me such as the things around me, where I'm trying to meditate, the temperature of the room, noises. I found that practicing meditation in a cool quiet setting was easier for me. After getting the hang of what worked for me and what didn't, I noticed a weight lifted off my shoulders for most of my week. With the contribution of my journaling coming in still from the first practice I felt like stress was not an issue as much for me as it had been in the past. 

Professionally I think that meditation could be used either during a stressful work week or maybe before or after. Before could relax and keep someone calm before a busy work week approaches and/or after could maybe relax someone from the stressful work week. Obviously during the week would just release stress and empty the mind of stressful situations occurring during the week. I think that either way meditation is a great way to escape the world for just even a few minutes.  (Rachel Smelser)

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Summary Practice Reflection (Danielle Wagner)

 

For my second practice, I chose meditation. The reason I chose this was to not only help me learn more about the practice, but to help calm my stress. The overall practice of meditation has been a journey. Finding out the best places to practice meditation was a challenge but I finally figured out sitting in my room was the best for me. Being able to focus on meditation and getting my mind off of everything around me was another challenge that I faced. Since starting meditation, I have been able to become more connected with myself and get rid of some stress. I think meditation has definitely taught me how to take some time for myself and not really do anything related to the stress in my life. It has also taught me that taking time for myself is extremely important in becoming healthier and more connected to myself. In the professional world, I think that meditation can help a person greatly in reducing stress. In jobs that have a high stress level, I think meditation would be good for those individuals just to take some time for themselves. Being able to do this can help them perform better and not worry about their jobs for at least a couple of minutes. 

 

 

 

Comments (14)

Students said

at 1:01 pm on Mar 24, 2013

Hello! I think that your have all the content needed for a good wiki, I really enjoyed your original creations PowerPoint. In order to improve your wiki I think that visual images as well as color could help to draw in the person looking at the site. I also think that if there was more to the introduction on what meditation is, why people participate, and some of the benefits in it. I also enjoyed the videos you chose for your media section, especially the guided mediation video! Overall great job! (Rachel Marostica)

Students said

at 8:13 pm on Mar 24, 2013

I enjoyed looking into all the different information collected. The original creations were a great extra that I thought was well made. Your websites were credible and I learned a couple techniques that I didn't already know about meditation. The videos were my favorite because I found them the most interesting. The misconceptions of meditation was very intriguing and made me search youtube for move videos like it. One thing that I think you can improve on is the intro description of your wiki. (Taylor Tegtmeyer)

Students said

at 9:02 am on Mar 27, 2013

Like many other wikis I have scene from this class, this group has excellent organization and flow from a viewers stand point. But I do have two main suggestions for this group. This first is universal font size, it seems like you used a size 10 font size, a 12 size would be better because some people have poor eye sight and need larger print. The other is to add some more color to your wiki page. make it a little more engaging for the viewer. Other than that this is a great wiki! (Clay Bewley)

Students said

at 6:28 pm on Mar 28, 2013

I love the quote at the top and the picture! I think that if all your font was the same it would be easier to read. Also, more descriptions of the media elements and websites would help. All of your powerpoints were very helpful and a good idea, I did not even think of that!

Students said

at 1:47 pm on Mar 30, 2013

I definitely think that you did a great job at gathering the necessary content to adequately construct your wiki. I thought the reviews of each source were well written and allowed for the audience to understand the main points of meditation. I also liked the original creation powerpoints. I felt that they were filled with a lot of interesting information. However I would maybe spruce up the layout and visual delivery of the wiki. Two considerations I would offer would be a uniform text throughout the page. For example, you could consider designating a certain font size ( say size 12 for headings and size 10 for the body descriptions). I would also include a little bit more color to high light certain aspects of the wiki to the audience. I know that color always captures my attention! Overall, this is a great start to the wiki! ( Kaitlin Reeves)

Students said

at 1:47 pm on Mar 30, 2013

I really like how the wiki is set up here. It is very clear and easy to find what you are looking for. Each section of the wiki is clearly stated and shown throughout the wiki. Also, there is a lot of good information here on this wiki and I could easily learn all I would want to know about meditation. For the two changes, I think there needs to be more color on the wiki to be more visually appealing. I mean the deeper red is great, but I think more color would be more fun. Also, I do believe there needs to be a universal font size throughout the wiki to make it more cohesive and look like a true final product! However, this was one of my favorite wikis and I believe you guys have all the tools to make it awesome! (NICOLE RADNICH)

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at 7:59 pm on Mar 31, 2013

I like that your wiki is set up nicely and flows well this allows for an easy read. Reading through the various references I was able to learn some new techniques that I hadn't known about already. A possible recommendation I have is to give all of the topics a description so it allows your readers to know what is in the book, article, website, or video. It can make for more effective topic searching. I also would suggest to make your fonts more uniform through out the wiki. Hope your final draft turns out outstanding! (Amanda Anderson)

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at 6:47 pm on Apr 2, 2013

This wiki is laid out very well and easy to find the material we are looking for! I liked that the colors weren't jumping out at you like some of the other wikis. Although a little more color would have made it a bit more fun! For the websites listed, I would suggest maybe writing a brief description about each of them as you guys did for the books that way we know what each website is a little bit about before we open it to read it. Another suggestion is maybe have a little more in your first summary on the top part of the page, let us know what you all are going to be showing us a presenting us, we are excited to see it so let us know what you have!! Overall, great job!! (Rachel Smelser)

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at 10:44 am on Apr 3, 2013

Your Wiki is very informative. I liked the links that you posted and they were very fitting for this Wiki. I agree using more detailed description could be beneficial for readers and make the page easier to read through. You did a good job in adding the necessary content and I thought the material was well organized and presented well. I also agree that having the same font throughout the Wiki may make it easier to read through. I think also adding more visual aides/ pictures may brighten up the page. Good work and I look forward to seeing your final draft! (Matt Koithan)

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at 9:29 pm on Apr 14, 2013

To help fix up my groups wiki I added in pictures of the books. However I couldn't find an image for one book. I also changed the font and made sure it was all one size, with the exception of larger section headings. I tried to change the color of the section headings but for some reason whenever I changed it, nothing happened. I also added the website descriptions. (Desiree Long)

Students said

at 6:31 pm on Apr 22, 2013

Added summary reflection (Angela Espinoza)

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at 2:34 pm on Apr 26, 2013

I have added the wiki summary at the beginning of the wiki. (Desiree Long)

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at 2:38 pm on Apr 26, 2013

I also added lines to more clearly divide the sections. (Desiree Long)

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at 1:12 pm on Apr 29, 2013

I added additional material with more pictures and changed some of the colors to match up better so that it isn't all over the place. (Kayla Penner)

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