20% Project

Endeavors Through Our Meditation Process

Jack Schulze and Nick Hansen

Importance of Meditation

Meditation is important because of all the benefits it offers to yourself and others. Daily meditation holds many benefits that you may not notice at first but are able to give you a healthier life if practiced enough. Meditating regularly reduces stress and anxiety, reduces depression, increases alertness, helps lower blood pressure, boosts the immune system, and offers many more psychological and physiological benefits. Meditating also gives you the opportunity to travel into a different state of mind that can be helpful to your psychological health and overall well-being.

Impact on Others

Meditation is said to increase your general well-being, overall friendliness, and uplift your mood. Through our meditation process and 20% project I can confidently say that we have become friendlier people. This has impacted others because since we are friendlier people, we have had the opportunity to pass our friendliness on to others and help to increase other's well-being as well.

Impact on Us

Meditating has helped my partner and I with many aspects of our lives. Our sleeping schedules have been improved and we've both noticed that we seem to get better night sleeps as well. We've also noticed that our attention spans have improved significantly; before regularly meditating we struggled to focus in class and listen to long stories without drifting off, but while we were in the midst of our meditating process it was easy to distinguish how well we were able to focus. One last thing that we've both noticed is that we've become more stress-free and even during times when we've been stressed, we've been able to handle our stress better than before. The ability to focus on our breathing has enabled us to calm ourselves down and make our stress go away much easier than we were able to before.

Why Meditation?

My partner and I chose meditation because it struck our curiosity. We've both always been intrigued with meditation and the supposed benefits of it, but we've never actually done it. The 20% Project gave us an opportunity to try meditation out and allowed us to research and document the topic in-depth. We read up on meditation and found out that it is free, easy to do, and requires nothing but your personal time and dedication. It was also interesting to us because it was said to come with many benefits such as less stress and better sleep. Meditation is also said to make those around you happier because of the positive energy that you give off when meditating. These promises seemed too good to pass up, and the challenge of meditating seemed fun to us; meditation was really a no-brainer for our 20% Project.

Facts on Meditation

  • There are a couple different techniques to meditation, including the Concentrative technique, and the Mindulness technique.
  • Meditation increases Gray Matter in the brain which helps the brain age at a slower rate.
  • Meditating on a daily basis can help decrease your risk of a heart attack, and can help you overcome anxiety, depression, and anger.
  • Meditation has been around since 1500 BCE, and comes from Hindu traditions.
  • Buddha helped spread awareness of meditation across the Asian continent at around 500 BC.
  • Today, Buddhist and Hindu-style mediation practices are still the most popular around the world.

What's Next?

My partner and I plan on continuing our 20% Project by making meditation a part of our daily lives. We both very much so enjoyed meditating, how it made us feel, and the benefits that came along with it. We don't have any intent on stopping any time soon and hope we can further our knowledge and meditation abilities. We also plan on switching up our technique in order to see which one we like better and to see if one technique holds more value than the other. In the past we've been doing the Concentrative technique which has us focus our attention on our breath in order to still our mind, but now we plan on trying the Mindulness technique which allows us to let thoughts go through our mind but not necessarily engaging with them or letting them involve us. We look forward to the progress and future of our meditations.