The University of Northampton’s Meditation Society has scooped the award for Best Hobby and Interest Society at the annual NUS’ National Society Awards 2018.
The society have been shortlisted for the award for the last three years, but after fighting off stiff competition from over 600 other society nominations from across, they have been crowned Best Hobby and Interest Society.
Chetak Nangare, President of the Meditation Society said: “It’s such an honour to win this award. It’s a truly historic achievement for us and we are so proud of our meditators who are the backbone of our society and have given their time and energy into making our sessions great, with love and kindness. Our biggest reward is the smile on everyone’s face with peace of mind.”
The Meditation Society ran a series of free events, which were open to students, staff and the local community, including sound improvisation, Mandala art, Sikh meditation, tai chi and a Zen session ran by a senior lecturer in Psychology. These sessions were designed to increase awareness of mental well-being and gave the opportunity for participants to experience different practices from across the world. Both entertaining and educating, they also offered an understanding of the mind and how to deal with negativity.