The FIT Meditation Space is located on the seventh floor of the Dubinsky Student Center (Room A-746), and was created to provide a spiritually calm, warm, and supportive space for FIT students. It invites students from all backgrounds and cultures to meditate, pray, reflect, or simply to take time to be still. Personally, I love to relax in between classes and take time to reflect on my week and manifest positivity in my life.
Meditation Space Guidelines
The Meditation Space is intended for currently enrolled students and is intended for individual use only. In other words, this space may not be used for any organized group activity or meetings.
Hours of access are from 9AM-6PM, Monday through Friday. The room will remain unlocked and accessible during this time. The Space is closed on weekends, college holidays, and academic term breaks. Visitors must adhere to the following guidelines:
• Sign the Guest User log upon entry
• Remove your shoes upon entry and place them in the provided shoe rack
• Any bags or backpacks should be placed into the cubbies provided
• Do not use this room as a lounge, study room, a meeting room, or for other purposes
• Do not use this space to sleep
• No items are to be removed from the room save for your own personal belongings
• Users are asked to leave the room in the same condition as it was in prior to use
• Silence and mutual respect are expected at all times; music is to be listened to through earphones or earplugs with all musical devices (e.g., iPods, MP3 players, etc.)
• Food and beverages are not permitted in the meditation space
• Cell phone use in space is for emergency use only; cell phones must be placed on silent upon entry
• Candles, burning oils, incense, or any other flammable items are not permitted in the meditation space
As I get further into the semester, I begin to find that I have less and less down time. So when I do get time alone finally I tend not to enjoy it as much as when I am with others. It’s not an ideal reaction but it is truly a normal one.
One thing that has really helped me ease into alone time has been hobbies, the less time I spent with all my friends and whoever else the more hobbies I discovered I had. Use the silence to read, paint, knit, draw, whatever interests you. Recently I learned how to cook by just getting some random recipes’ online. Next, while you are doing these things do not check your phone. Checking it defeats the purpose of alone time overall. Everyone tends to get FOMO aka, Fear of missing out.
Also spending time alone doesn’t mean you need to spend time locked in your room or apartment, go for a walk, treat yourself to coffee, or go shopping alone. This still counts as alone time even if you aren’t really alone. I find that my taste in things tends to change with the people I am with so if I am alone I find more things that I love that maybe I wouldn’t think of before.
Lastly, enjoy the ultimate relaxation, when you’re not running around or doing things for others its quite relaxing. My favorite moments are once a week when I climb into a bubble bath with a book and some candles. So my suggestion is cancel your plans, put down the social media and texts and just hang out with yourself.