Five minutes or five days?

By Axel Marcenaro
On April 30, 2019

As we approach the end of the semester, you can almost feel the student body’s cortisol levels rising. The workload continues to pile up and the pressure of final exams weighs heavily on our minds.


Now, I have to ask an important question. 
Do you meditate? 


I’m sure most people would say no. A lot of people think of meditation as something reserved for hippies and monks, sitting crisscross applesauce and humming. 


While it may take that form sometimes, it doesn’t always have to. According to the Buddhist Centre, “Meditation is a means of transforming the mind,” and there are many ways to do that.


About a year ago, I meditated for the first time by accident. My homework was piling up and it felt like my head was too cloudy to get a grip on my responsibilities. I was stressed out. 


I cleared my room, turned off my phone and sat on the floor. For the record, I did not sit crisscross applesauce. 
With no interruptions, I took the time to think about what I needed to do, and I questioned why it was stressing me out. 
To my surprise, I found a great sense of relief and I felt a parting of the fog inside my head. Not only that, but after I finally got up and checked my watch, only five minutes had passed.


To this day, five minutes of silent thought is all it takes to clear my head and keep me on track. No humming or chanting mantras is necessary.
I encourage everyone I know to at least look into some form of basic meditation. Why waste an entire week on anxiety when you could gain some peace of mind in five minutes?

 

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