Secular Meditation

Public universities, entities financially supported in part by taxpayers, should have a secular focus. As such, they should not use public funds to support a particular religious orientation. That does not mean that they are prohibited from having anything to do with matters religious. Most public universities, for example, have religious groups like the Newman Club (an organization for Roman Catholic students). Meditation is historically associated with various Eastern practices such as several versions of Buddhism. Meditation practices that are specifically designed to be both secular and nondenominational cannot be objected to on religious grounds, and therefore are perfectly appropriate at any public college or university. Mindfulness mediation in particular is known to be beneficial, for example, in reducing stress, enhancing concentration, etc. Concluding such an exercise with a period of Q & A adds an intellectual dimension as well, which is quite appropriate in an academic environment.

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