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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 31, 2016

University Wellness Services offers free weekly meditation times

Northwest Missouri State University students and employees are invited to participate in a free meditation time offered twice a week by the University’s Wellness Services throughout the academic year.

The weekly sessions are noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 1:45 p.m. Thursdays throughout the academic year when classes are in session.

Most sessions are in Meeting Room E on the third floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union. Sessions will be in the First Ladies Dining Room on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and in The Station East Meeting Room on Feb. 9, March 7, 9, 16, 21 and April 4. The last session occurs Thursday, April 27, 2017.

The meditation sessions introduce individuals to the ancient practices of mindfulness and meditation and allow participants to engage in the practice of meditation on a regular basis. 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, should arrive by 12:15 p.m., when the period of meditation begins.

Dr. Michael Mattock, a counselor at Wellness Services, 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.

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

“The practice of meditation can help us 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.

For more information, contact Mike 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