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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 11, 2014

University Wellness Services offers free weekly meditation time

Northwest Missouri State University students and employees as well as local community members  are invited to participate in a free weekly meditation time offered by the University’s Wellness Services and Personal Development and Counseling.

The weekly sessions are Tuesdays, from noon to 12:45 p.m., throughout the spring term, with the last session occurring Tuesday, April 29. All sessions will be in First Ladies Dining Room on the third floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union.

The weekly sessions introduce individuals to the ancient practices of mindfulness and meditation and allow participants time to gather on a weekly basis as a meditation community. Participants are encouraged to bring a pillow or thick towel to sit on.

Individuals who are new to meditation are asked to arrive at noon for a brief overview of the practice of meditation. Returning participants, or those already familiar with the practice of meditation, are asked to arrive at 12:15 p.m., when the period of meditation begins.

Dr. Michael Mattock, a counselor at Northwest Personal Development and Counseling, leads the sessions. Mattock notes the art of meditation has been practiced for thousands of years by individuals throughout the world and is not exclusively associated with any specific belief system or religious denomination.

“The practice of meditation can help us to be more focused on what is happening in the present moment and, as a consequence, assist us to more effectively manage our day-to-day affairs,” Mattock said. “Even if that requires refocusing back to your breath multiple times throughout the period of meditation, it is the effort itself that is important.”  

Meditation has been proven to enhance the overall health and well-being of people who practice it on a routine basis. Additional benefits include improved focus and attention and a sense of inner calmness.

For more information, contact Mattock at 660.562.1825 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468