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Meditation and Mindfulness Resources for Harvard Law Students

Meditation and Prayer Room

The Dean of Students has opened a space in the basement of Ames for meditation and prayer. The room can be used with card access provided by the Dean of Students Office. To gain card access to the room, please complete the Registration Form.

Benefits of Meditation

From the Art of Living

De-stress with Meditation

Meditation has two important benefits:

  • Meditation prevents stress from getting into the system
  • Meditation releases accumulated stress that is in the system

Both of these happen simultaneously, leaving one refreshed and joyful.

Physical Benefits of Meditation

With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy). This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases.

On a physical level, meditation:

  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
  • Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
  • Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
  • Improves the immune system
  • Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy

Mental Benefits of Meditation

Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an Alpha state that promotes healing. The mind becomes fresh, delicate and beautiful. With regular practice of meditation:

  • Anxiety decreases
  • Emotional stability improves
  • Creativity increases
  • Happiness increases
  • Intuition develops
  • Gain clarity and peace of mind
  • Problems become smaller
  • Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
  • A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
  • An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
  • The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection

Meditation makes you aware – that your inner attitude determines your happiness.

Continue reading Benefits of Meditation.

Student-run Mindfulness Resources

Daily student-run meditations in WCC

The HLS Mindfulness Society has recently been restarted and is back in action! Or rather, inaction. Come meditate with us! All are welcome, especially beginners.

Why meditate? Meditation strengthens willpower, focus, memory, and resilience to stress. Justice Breyer spoke about how meditation helps him write the best opinions in the greatest number of cases: “[T]he practice of law is like attempting to drink water from a fire hose. And if you are under stress, meditation – or whatever you choose to call it – helps. [Meditation] makes me feel more peaceful, focused and better able to do my work.” Be pragmatic. Sit with us. Note: students of all religious and jurisprudential backgrounds are welcome.

Email hlsmindfulness@gmail.com for information about our daily meditation sits or to join our listserv.

HLS Mindfulness Society

The HLS Mindfulness Society is a student-run group that provides resources and meditation groups for students.

Harvard University Meditation and Mindfulness Resources

Mindfulness Meditation Resources

The Center for Wellness provides information on meditation space and groups held throughout campus for Harvard affiliates.

Retreats and Quiet Spaces

The Harvard Divinity School provides information on retreats throughout the region and quiet spaces conducive to meditation on Harvard University Campus.