How do STEM workers, including NASA professionals, cope with stress? Exercise is one way. Physical activity and fitness have been discussed in many NASA outreach efforts. However, outreach efforts regarding other branches of health: emotional, psychological, and social well-being are lacking. Given that jobs come with stress, a global understanding of the science of stress and learning a healthy way to cope with it helps with the wellbeing of employees, job productivity, employee retention, etc. Meditation is a powerful tool for maintaining psychological health and resilience. Since the planetarium offers a dark and quiet space for relaxation, it is the perfect place for meditation.
Enjoy a free guided meditation experience from Ball State University with the program “Sunset Meditation.” View an amazing sunset as you travel from the Grand Canyon to the North Pole. Then relax under a night sky filled with stars – and even glimpses of the Northern Lights.
This program was developed as part of the Ball State University Meditation Partnership, which provides meditation and mindfulness programs for campus and community members to improve mental health and resilience. Ball State’s Meditation Partnership is a collaboration between Working Well, Counseling Center, Office of Health, Alcohol, and Drug Education, Museum of Art, Orchid Garden, and the Planetarium working toward improving well-being on campus through meditation.