In this activity, students learn how meditation and mindfulness can help reduce stress from daily life events, and in a broader picture, how mindfulness can help build resilience against trauma. Class starts with Video Clip 1 and Video Clip 2 about trauma, the means through which people can become traumatized, and what a traumatized person experiences. Instructor discusses the potential occupational hazards that can put a person at risk and what to be aware of.
Students discuss amongst themselves in small groups their reactions to the videos and then discuss their reactions as a class. Instructor introduces the idea of meditation as a means to overcome trauma, and drives this point home with Video Clip 3.
Students perform a meditation exercise (instructor-led, following instruction pdf), after which they write down an individual reflection of what they experienced during meditation and how they felt afterward. They then get into groups to discuss their experiences and then discuss these experiences as an entire class.
During class discussion, instructor address common misconceptions of meditation (can use Video Clip 4), as well as any questions the students may have. Discusses how meditation can be used as a tool to cope with everyday stressful situations in student life (exams, deadlines, relationships, etc.).
Students should gain a deeper understanding of occupational and everyday life risks that can predispose or lead someone to experiencing trauma. Being aware of risks allows students to critically assess and identify experiences in their own lives that could lead to trauma and to prevent trauma from occuring. Teaching students meditative practices provides them with a tool to reduce stress in their own lives and a mechanism for positively overcoming traumatic situations that might arise in the future.
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