Love for meditation sprouts new club


Chelsea Burnett, reporter

While both control and meditation play a role in strengthening one’s focus, self-control doesn’t hold a candle to meditation, which has ten times the effect on focus as control does according to

Rachel Pearce, a biology teacher and yoga club instructor at SHS, finds meditating to be a soothing device to improve students’ educational experience and their capacity for handling school. She also agrees that meditation plays a great role in the lives of the people who practice in it, and believes that it could help all types of students in their educational endeavors and personal outlook on the world.

“I start every class with two minutes of [a guided] meditation… I want to be able to help teach teenagers how to meditate on their own and be more proactive in the mediation process,” Pearce said.

Pearce is in the process of creating a new club at SHS. Both her and the students that participate will be meditating together and will be taught, by her, with instructions on how to lead their own meditations. Pearce says that after a mere eight weeks of meditating, the physical matter of the brain is altered and one literally becomes smarter and is more likely to internally process things before people act so they can make better choices in your life.

With the enhanced ability to think before students act, Pearce believes that by having this club and encouraging the “frequent flyers” of the dean’s office to join, it will improve their attitudes among many other things.

Pearce says that there are already some schools who have a designated time for meditation for the students for a few minutes in the morning and in the afternoon, where the entire school meditates.

“I would love for something like that to happen here,” Pearce said.

As for the meditation club, Pearce is confident that it will pick up by word of mouth after it starts, and she hopes to see a lot of faces there to get help clearing their minds and broadening their minds.