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Finding Meaning

New Center for Reflection offers peace, tranquility and self-discovery for campus community

When the complexities of life become difficult to manage or when a little serenity is needed, Mavericks now have a place to call their own where they can retreat.

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The Center for Reflection is a new nondenominational, interfaith sanctuary on campus that will allow students to find calm and peace in a busy world. It is a space to reflect, contemplate and wonder. It’s a safe place for students, no matter their background, religion or belief system, where they are free to explore the spiritual side of themselves without fear or judgement.

CMU student Morgan O’Donnell first learned of the Center for Reflection after visiting the Hotel Maverick and reading signs that explained the construction nearby. Since then, O’Donnell said the facility has been top of mind for her and her boyfriend.

“We’re both Buddhist types so we’re excited to have a spot where we can meditate and have a spiritual connection,” said O’Donnell, who believes CMU’s culture is one of inclusivity and respect.

“I come from Austin, Texas, which is very diverse. My first impression of CMU was that it felt really like a wholesome environment where everyone gets along. There’s like this unspoken thing here where everyone is okay to be themselves,” said O’Donnell. “I think the Center for Reflection symbolizes the Maverick spirit in that we’re all unique and that’s okay.”

CMU Collegiate Representative for Fellowship of Christian Athletes Jamie Robertson said that the students she’s talked with are “grateful that the university recognizes that a lot of people do well with some sort of spirituality in their life, whatever that looks like.” And added that they’re excited to have a place where they can “step away from the pressures of academics or hard dorm situations and have time to reflect."

CMU student Morgan O'Donnell is excited to use the center for Reflection as a place to meditate.

In a digital world it can be challenging to look up in order to look in. The new Center for Reflection will help the campus community reset and connect, and provide a quiet spot to focus on mental health.

“I find all religions to be interesting and enjoy learning about different topics and beliefs,” said O’Donnell. “That’s why we’re here — to engage and spark new conversations; to be exposed to different types of people, different religions, different belief systems, and then to engage in meaningful conversations.”

The Center for Reflection opened in Spring 2021.

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Written by Kelsey Coleman