One million minutes makes for a lot of meditation. Carnegie Mellon University students and faculty have collectively logged that much time meditating thanks to a huge campus initiative.
In 2018, the university teamed up with meditation app Headspace to give free access to all students, faculty, and staff. As a result, 4,000 people enrolled in the app’s program and logged over 90,000 hours.
Alongside its promotion of Headspace for private use, the university also incorporated the wellness practice into both its curriculum and extracurricular offerings. CMU has an in-person, guided meditation weekly. Students can also enroll in classes centered on a variety of subjects, including relationships, mindful living, and stress management.
Graduate student Octavio Mesner lauded CMU’s integration of Headspace and its benefits for students, faculty, and staff.
“I really appreciate the little tips the app provides while I’m meditating,” said Mesner, who meditates in the morning before diving into work on his dissertation. He also said the practice “helps me find stillness when life feels chaotic. I’m learning how to prioritize my time better, too.”
While universities seem to be leading the charge on incorporating meditation into people’s daily lives, it’s a practice from which everyone can benefit.
And it doesn’t just help while you’re doing it, either. The benefits continue throughout your day and even in the way you live your life. It can help you with stress management, reduce negative thinking or even ease the symptoms of medical conditions, like anxiety, depression, or chronic pain.
If you’ve ever considered meditation, take a cue from the people of CMU and start logging those hours.