The Reflection Room is currently located in College Services C 1101. The Reflection Room is available to Normandale students, staff, and faculty for use. The purpose of the Reflection Room is to have a space on campus for quiet, reflective, meditation, or prayer purposes. Due to the construction in College Services, the Reflection Room will be relocated to a new space and building - still to be determined. Updates of the new location will be posted on this webpage, Student Roar Newsletter, and across campus.
In response to Covid-19, we would like to offer some online reflective practices to support your learning.
Fall 2020 Virtual Meditation Events
Take a break and join us for some virtual meditation with Nancy Johnson, faculty from the Normandale Health Department!
Spring 2021 Virtual Meditation Events
What are Reflective Practices?
Based on the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing website, “Reflective practices are a way for us to become aware of our own state of being. Mindful reflection brings us back to ourselves, allowing us to come closer to our own body, emotions, thoughts, and spirit. This gives us an opportunity to settle into a fresh harmony and balance.”
Reflective practices come in a variety of forms to support individual mental, physical, emotional, and/or spiritual well being. Reflective practices can also be one form of self-care so individuals can take time to focus on themselves.
Please see suggested resources below. If you have additional resources you would like for us to share on our website, please fill out this ONLINE FORM and we’ll review for approval before posting on our website. If you have questions, please contact Justin Martin - firstname.lastname@example.org
*Disclaimer: Normandale is not the author or sole owner of the resource content being provided. Neither is Normandale responsible for details of the content given. Please practice at your own risk and consult with your provider or healthcare professionals beforehand if you have questions or concerns before you utilize the resources.
Reflective/Meditation Practice Tips
- The Five Types of Meditation by Self-Guided
- 40 Thoughtful Self-Reflection Questions & Printable Prompt by Shari Berries Blog
- Top 10 Best Tips on How to Meditate by Trungram Gyalwa, PhD, Mindworks Mindfulness Meditation Blog
- Meditation Benefits for the Mind and Body by Trungram Gyalwa, PhD, Mindworks Mindfulness Meditation Blog
- Reflective Writing (6:27 mins, YouTube)
- Study Music 24/7, Concentration, Memory, Focus, Meditation, Relaxing Music, Work Music, Study (live music, YouTube)
- Pranayama - An Introduction Breathing Basics Yoga with Aj (15:15 mins, YouTube)
- How To Do Kapalbhati, Pranayama, Breathing, Breath Control (10:20 mins, YouTube)
- 15 minute CALMING YOGA for Stress Relief and Anxiety (15:59 mins, YouTube)
- 10 minute Morning Yoga for Beginners (9:59 mins, YouTube)
- Advanced Vinyasa Yoga Flow (35:58 mins, YouTube)
- The Buddha Meditation, PBS (2:59 mins, YouTube)
- Learn meditation from a Buddhist Monk (1:47 mins, YouTube)
- Why Do You Smudge - Indigenous people used smudging as a form of prayer, healing, and cleansing (5:47 mins, YouTube)
- Why You Should Make Time for Self-Reflection (Even If You Hate Doing It) by Jennifer Porter, Harvard Business Review
- How Self-Reflection Gives You a Happier and More Successful Life by Tracy Kennedy, Lifehack
- 5 Powerful Reasons to Make Reflection a Daily Habit, and How to Do It by Leo Babauta
- Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Lessons from meditating with the Dalai Lama, CNN Health
- Teaching ‘Stages of Meditation’ and ‘Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhissattvas’ at Disket, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
- The Daily Meditation Podcast by Mary Meckley
- Untangle by Patricia Karpas and Ariel Garten
- Liberate Meditation App (by and for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) by Julio Rivera
- MyThoughtCoach Meditation Station by Stin Hansen
- PeaceOut meditation podcast for kids
- Guided Sleep Meditations Tracks to Relax
- Meditation Oasis for stress relief
- Meditation Minis by Chel Hamilton for anxiety, stress, and sleep
- Service Learning Reflection Journal by Margaret Sass, Purdue University
- DEAL Model of Evaluation and Reflection by Sarah Ash, Patti Clayton, and Myra Moses
- University of Minnesota Twin Cities Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing
- Tips for Effective Reflection by The University of Edinburgh
- Critical Reflection at the Centre for Teaching Excellence at University of Waterloo
- The Sacred Art of Smudging by Molly Larkin at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
Guidelines for the Reflection Room:
- This is a space for silent reflection
- Food and beverages are not allowed in this room
- This is a Technology-Free Zone. Silence and put away cell phones and devices
- Leave the space as you find it - tidy and tranquil
- You may use a cubby for your belongings
- No items may be left or stored in the room
- Candles, incense, and other flammable items are not allowed
- This room is for meditative practices. Please use other spaces such as the Kopp Student Center or Library for conversations or studying.
- If any concerns arise, contact the Dean of Students office at 952-358-8926 or after hours contact Public Safety at 952-358-8280
Note: Items left in the room without supervision will be taken to the Kopp Student Center Information Desk - Lost and Found (the room will be monitored daily)
Please participate in our Reflection Room Survey to help us improve the space. CLICK HERE.