Tuesday, August 20, 2019

New Meditation Space on Fremont Campus

We’ve all heard it before. Take a minute and be mindful. Breathe, pause, reflect, and be present. There are even apps dedicated to the art of self-reflection, calm, and audio paths to peace. But how many of us take the time to stop—to disconnect for five to 15 minutes and to center ourselves?

Maybe it’s a goal you’ve set this year to personally reflect more, or maybe it’s a practice you’re already utilizing through your current religious belief, spiritual path, or through the physical act of yoga. No matter the journey you take, it’s about self-care. And, one of the ways to achieve it is through taking the time to meditate.

This year at Ohlone, we’re excited to introduce a dedicated space to practice the art of meditation. The new Meditation Space, located on the third floor of Student Services Building 7 on the Fremont Campus, will officially open its doors on August 26 and can be used by the entire college community.

“It’s a place to quiet your mind, feed your soul, and be still," says Nadia Dadgar, Ohlone College counselor and personal development instructor. “We are so thankful that the College recognized the importance of this and has dedicated a space for anyone in the community to find serenity.”

Dadgar, a counselor who teachers personal development classes at Ohlone, says that this type of space will help students that need that extra quiet time to decompress and to regain focus. In the space, there are spots to sit back and relax, a corner to write and journal, and those who’d like a little audio can use headphones to listen to music. There are books for reflection and inspiring quotes on the walls. One of the main rules in the Meditation Space Agreement, is for people to respect others’ quiet time and use of the space and that no more than 10 people at a time should occupy the room.

“As a counselor, I find that students sometimes deal with stress and anxiety and I’m so happy that we can provide them this beautiful space to mitigate some of those feelings outside of our one-on-one time with them,” adds Dadgar.

The Meditation Space is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and welcomes all of the Ohlone College community.