A new meditation class is set take place every Tuesday this semester in Jarvis Hall.
Amanda Nickerson, director of transfer admissions, led the first meeting of the semester-long group meditation class Tuesday. The class will be held at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday in the Multifaith Prayer Room on the first floor of Jarvis Hall.
“I wanted a group where people can go with no experience or a lot of experience and can just talk and ask questions,” Nickerson said. “So, it’s more informal. It is not any one style and it’s more flexible.”
Though the class will be held in Jarvis, it is not affiliated with TCU’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. The class is open to all TCU students, faculty and staff.
Nickerson said opening the class to include faculty and staff is what distinguishes it from other meditation programs on campus. The TCU Counseling and Mental Health Center also offers a meditation program but these sessions are available only to students and led by professionals.
“Meditation is something I have wanted to try for a long time but haven’t,” said Lisa Rocha, senior studio art major. “I want to do it with the group for my first time so I can learn more about meditation instead of being lost on my own.”
Nickerson said she also hopes to encourage those who attend the group to eventually volunteer to lead the group in meditation. She said leading is great way for the group to learn from one another and experience different types of meditation.
“I am going to lead it only when anyone else doesn’t want to lead,” Nickerson said. “Anyone can do meditation and anyone can lead it. It is the simplest thing ever. You don’t need any qualifications to do it.”
The class is free to attend and no sign-up is required.