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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 4, 2012

University Wellness Center offers free weekly meditation time

Northwest Missouri State University students and employees along with area residents are invited to participate in a free weekly meditation time offered by Wellness Services and Personal Development and Counseling.

The weekly sessions are Tuesdays, from noon to 1 p.m., throughout the school year, with the last session occurring Tuesday, April 30, 2013. All sessions will be in the Alumni Dining Room on the third floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union, with the exception of the Nov. 20 session, which will be in Meeting Room E, also located on the third floor of the 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 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 should arrive at 12:15 p.m., when the period of meditation will begin.

Dr. Michael Mattock, a counselor at Northwest Personal Development and Counseling, will lead the sessions. Mattock notes that 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.

“It’s not about mastering it; it’s about being present in the moment," Mattock said. “Even if that takes refocusing your breath 20 times, you are gaining more practice, forming a strategy and building a technique to find relaxation.

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