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
You may have read one of my recent posts about easy ways to maintain your stress levels during the semester. There are ways to do execute this right on campus as well! Yesterday, brought by FIT’s Health Services and the Department of Athletics and Recreation, Calm City Meditation Station came to campus. What is Meditation Station? This RV houses a mobile mediation station where students can take 10 minute restoration breaks. Here, quick mediation sessions are provided via audio-guide for the perfect refresher between classes. Up to nine people can participate in a session at once!
This station is essential as finals are just around the corner. Calm City will arrive back to FIT on December 5th and December 12th. Too packed this semester to spare ten minutes? No worries! In addition to those dates, this station will return to campus five more times during the spring semester. Trucks are no longer providing just food- check out Calm City Mediation Station if you have the time!
Did you know that FIT has its own Mediation Space? Located on the 7th Floor of the Dubinsky Building (A-746), students have the opportunity to unwind anytime Monday-Friday from the hours of 9am-6pm. This is the ideal space to individually take a few minutes to find peace during a busy day. As the center describes, “students from all backgrounds and cultures are invited to meditate, pray, reflect, or simply to take time to be still.”
Whenever you have the opportunity, always take time for self care. What are some ways you take time to unwind during a hectic day?
So let’s talk about stress. It’s one of those necessary evils that we all experience. Actually, research shows that it can be helpful, it propels us to get moving, to accomplish goals, but too much and it becomes detrimental. With all the resources at/ near FIT, there’s absolutely no reason to be a victim of chronic stress.
The health center is well equipped to handle all of your de-stressing needs. There is free counseling, a nutritionist ( during high stress periods people tend to the wrong food or don’t eat at all). Not to mention the masseuse who also does acupuncture. She only comes twice a week and her schedule for the entire semester fills up pretty fast, so you have to sign up early to ensure a spot. There’s also a yoga club and a plethora of other free events offered around the Chelsea area. During the summer there are free classes for yoga and fitness training in the park. I have ventured to the park for one of these free work outs. It was way more intense than I had anticipated. Since I never work out, I certainty felt healthy afterwards, even that lady knocked all the wind of me. She had us running laps around the park and jumping hurdles and other craziness. It was feel my body in motion, but it was rather embarrassing that some of these free events. A quick web search will prove just how easy it is to find all of these free classes.
As important as it it maintain a healthy body, it is equally as important to maintain a healthy mind and spirit. I always on the move, either on the train, or in class, or working but I try to make living a balanced life a top priority of mines.So, once a week I try to make it out to (free) meditation. There are several places where free meditation is offered as well, but the place nearest FIT is at the Chelsea Studio, located just one block over.
Stress is an inescapable part of reality, especially being a student. Trying to escape stress is not the goal, the goal is responding to it healthy manner. There’s no reason to be stressed when there are so many (free) options at your disposal.