Mindfulness/Meditation Group

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Weekly Mindfulness/Meditation Group

As part of an effort to fully implement OSU’s Strategic Wellness Plan, Buckeye Wellness Innovators from different units are collaborating to provide Ohio State employees a dedicated time for their own mindfulness/meditation practice. Each Friday morning at 8:45, this group will feature a short introduction (about 5 minutes) to different types of meditation and highlight some related OSU Wellness Resources. No registration is necessary.

YP4H will be offering points for OSU’s Mindful Minutes Individual Challenge. Your Plan for Health invites you to participate in a brand new individual challenge recently launched in the Virgin Pulse portal. Set a weekly mindfulness goal and earn up to 2,500 points as you focus on slowing down and being present in the moment. You may log points on your own for attending our 8:45 Friday sessions in the meantime.

Join us on Zoom on Fridays at 8:45:

Meditation Techniques



8:45 – 9:30 am on Fridays

Volunteers to lead the presentation (alternating weeks):

Paul KothiemerMindfulness
Mindfulness is paying attention in three particular ways: on purpose, in the moment and without judgment. You can practice mindfulness of breathing, eating, bodily sensations (body scan), thoughts, emotions, communication (listening and speaking) and walking or other activities (such as yoga or tai chi). With more practice, you can become more mindful throughout the day, not just during formal practice periods.

Matt Swift – Phrase and Action Repetition and Overall Wellbeing
The power of repeating words, thoughts, or movements during meditation can have a great effect on how bodily responses. When repeating phrases or thoughts of negativity, the body will respond to those as if in a negative situation invoking a fight or flight response, increasing stress, and possibly causing pain. When repeating positive phrases, the body will respond to those phrases as if in a positive situation reducing stress and increasing circulation in the body. Likewise, undertaking physical actions while focusing on or repeating various thoughts can cause the body to imbue those thoughts with the bodily reactions of the release of endorphins typically heightening those thoughts towards a positive realm of consciousness. This is a basic explanation for how the power of positive thinking, mantras, mindfulness, artistic mediational expression, and meditational exercise can impact overall wellness of the body.

Jay SmithRelaxation Response
Herbert Benson, director of the Benson-Henry Institute at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital, developed Relaxation Response, or RR. The practice was popularized in his 1975 book, The Relaxation Response. The benefits of Relaxation Response include:

  • Deep relaxation
  • Decreased oxygen consumption
  • Relaxed muscles
  • Slower breathing and heart rate
  • Increased nitric oxide levels
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Genomic changes associated with energy (mitochondrial) metabolism, inflammation, insulin secretion and telomere maintenance
  • Reduced addictive cravings, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, insomnia and stress.

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