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Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 2020, 21(2):19–24
Recent scholarship demonstrates a direct correlation between the body and brain in academic performance and general wellbeing. This essay considers mindfulness practice as an integrative discipline in honors education. While exercise offers many benefits to college students, the authors maintain that the mindfulness practices of yoga, qi gong, and meditation are uniquely suited to mediate stresses on mental health and improve focus, presence, and cognitive ability. Honors practitioners are encouraged to incorporate mindfulness practice into curricula and classrooms. A review of literature in mindful awareness and meditation practice is presented.