Wake Forest head chaplain, Rev. Tim Auman has a keen interest in mindfulness and meditation. Though his expertise in the field is renowned, he humbly says "there are no experts in mindfulness." He proposes, instead, that there are certain practices that may lead one to be more mindful.
"Hanging out in nature decreases stress, makes us happier with less brooding, relieves attention fatigue and increases creativity, helps us to be kind and generous, and helps us feel more alive," says Auman.
He explains that an added benefit of being in nature is that admission is free and can be just as easily achieved as walking across campus. With the added stress and anxiety caused by Covid-19, people find themselves looking for instruction on how to cope. This is where Auman points us to practicing mindfulness.
"When the future is full of uncertainty and dread," says Auman, "where can you find peace and comfort except in the present moment? The present moment is that calm center where you can rest and recharge."
Along with the hidden gems discussed above, students also find themselves enjoying the present moment swinging on Davis Field, enoing around campus, exploring Salem Lake, visiting Quarry Park, and walking around Old Salem. Finding comfort in these places, whether alone or socially distancing with friends, has helped students find that calm center for rest and rejuvination.
Photo story by Lauren Berryman, c/o '21