Meditation Club

Brooke Kaye, Columnist

Swami Muktananda, the founder of Siddha Yoga, once said, “Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind.” The power to witness the mind is given to you through meditation. Many say the pathway to your mind can be unlocked through meditation. It’s about finding your balance.  From personal experience, meditation doesn’t relinquish stress and anxiety— helps one to cope and balance stress. 

Meditation club, which meets during Wednesday lunch in C203, was formed by a prior student at Bronxville High School, as elaborated by the club adviser, Mr. Meyer, “I was actually originally asked by a student who had done a science experiment on the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and if I’d be willing to help him create a club. That was some seven years ago.”  This club, which began with only four or five students, has grown to almost 10-15 students.

In an interview, Mr. Meyer shared some insightful ideas, “I think that meditation offers students a little bit of silence and an ability to reconnect with themselves in the midst of what can become chaotic and stressful days.”

Many high school students don’t know who they are or who they want to be, but meditation is a place where they can connect with themselves in their minds.  High school is filled with tests, quizzes, essays, and social problems. All of these obstacles create stress.  This club is a place where everything is silent and calm while you release all of the built up stress you have.

As a member of the Meditation club, I always feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders by the end of a meeting. I feel lighter and looser.  When asked, Mr. Meyer shared thoughts on how he thinks the club affects students, “I think it has a huge impact on not just those who are actually apart of the club but even those who aren’t.  I feel like it helps shift the energy within the school and helps us navigate some of these turbulent and stressful and anxious times.”