Club provides space for meditation, yoga

first_imgThe space between Taper Hall and Bovard is often overlooked, passed by many students rushing to get to class. But every Wednesday on a patch of grass mats are laid out, a sign is put up and people put their belongings aside and take a seat. Griffin Damron, a sophomore majoring in sociology and NGOs and social change, sets up a timer for 40 minutes, the amount of time the group can allow themselves to forget everything and just be. After pressing the start button, Damron settles into a cross-legged position and closes his eyes, to which everyone follows. Meditation has begun.“If you look around, you’ll see that everyone is thinking way too much,” Damron said. “At USC there’s a culture of high achievement and working hard, and you always have to be on top of everything. But no one even considers taking time out of their day to just think, and be, and exist, which is so important.”Damron had been practicing meditation on and off for a few years, but after revisiting it last summer, he realized he wanted to share the awareness of his surroundings mediation gave him with his peers. Through working together with his friends Chris Robinson and Natalie Raphael, they founded BreatheSC, a meditation club on campus that holds sessions from Mondays through Wednesdays. Raphael stresses the effect of meditation on someone’s well-being.“Now more than ever people constantly medicate themselves in order to escape reality, whether that be with alcohol or drugs,” Raphael, a sophomore majoring in public relations, said. “Meditation forces you to accept reality for what it is and act mindfully … since you are truly forced to be in tune with your internal self as well, which is also something super rare, but super crucial in order to living a fulfilled life.”What makes BreatheSC unique from other yoga and mindfulness clubs on campus is the emphasis on its online presence through its Facebook page and group. The Facebook page promotes other organizations hosting weekly meditation sessions such as Mindful USC and Heartfulness, as well as the upcoming sessions for that week. The group, on the other hand, functions more like a community, sharing albums from meditation sessions as well as articles about the benefits of mindfulness.Raphael states that there’s an incentive for students to meditate as well — in her own experience, meditation has improved her personal and academic life.“I used to have to drink coffee before going into my night classes,” Raphael said. “If not I would have to force myself to keep my eyes open. But now i just meditate before my class … Meditation is the key to sustained energy.”Even though the organization started in March, Breathe SC aspires to reach more than 100 people for meditation sessions in McCarthy Quad in the coming semester as well as hold some sort of an all-day yoga and meditation festival at USC. Members such as Vanessa Batyko find meditation to be more enhanced when done with a group of people.“Since this club started, it gives me an incentive that makes me want to be here every single day meditating,” Batyko said. “It’s such a great environment of people that I know are also genuinely interested in the practice.”Despite these aspirations, the group never forgets about their roots, always making time at the end of meditation to talk about each individual’s experience. While the group consists mostly of people who practice meditation on their own, BreatheSC recognizes that the process is a shared experience.“At the end of the meditation, we talk about how our experiences are, and that’s my favorite part,” Raphael said. “A lot of times the way someone describes how their meditation was going is similar to my own experience … It’s a good reminder that you’re not alone and at the end of the day, you can relate to almost anyone in some way.”last_img read more

West, Mid and South Senior Hurling champions decided on busy day of local GAA

first_imgDrom & Inch are the Mid Senior Hurling champions- they beat Upperchurch-Drombane by 1-16 to 1-15 in Holycross.Mullinahone are the new South Senior Hurling champions.They deposed Killenaule as the Division’s hurling kingpins, beating them by 2-11 to 2-08.  Éire Óg Anacarty/Donohill have held on to their West Senior Hurling crown, courtesy of a 1-14 to 0-09 win against Clonoulty/Rossmore.  The first game at that venue saw Lattin-Cullen beat Golden-Kilfeacle by 1-14 to 2-10 in the West Intermediate Hurling Final.JK Brackens are the Mid Senior football champions.They needed extra-time, before eventually beating Moyne-Templetuohy by 0-17 to 0-11 in Holycross.And Newport have won the North Intermediate Hurling title- they eased past Ballinahinch by 1-21 to 1-07.In other results from today:-South Tipperary Junior B Football Group 2: Clonmel Commercials 2-04 Cahir 0-12County Junior “A” Hurling Championship: Thurles Sarsfields 3-10 Skeheenarinky 1-18last_img read more