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      At a stressful time of year, students learn the 'Art of Meditation'

      As one of the most stressful times of the year quickly approaches, a few students at Truman State University are learning how the art of meditation can bring a little peace to their lives.

      Students met Thursday evening to learn more about an upcoming three day course that will teach them to conduct independent meditation, a practice that can significantly reduce stress.

      Dr. Lloyd Pflueger, a professor of philosophy and religion at Truman State, holds a series of short courses focused on the Art of Living annually. â??The Art of Meditationâ?? is the second course in the series.

      Dr. Pflueger donates his time to teach these courses and help more people remove stress from their daily lives.

      â??I notice in my classes that students start out healthy, and after about three to four weeks start to hear all the coughing, the sneezing, stress is building and building and building, and less attendance and so forth. So I like to do something, I give the students a lot of stress, a lot of homework, and am a fairly strict professor, and so I feel it's my duty also to teach them how to get rid of that stress,â?? said Pflueger.

      If youâ??re looking to de-stress before the holidays, the Art of Living Club holds yoga and guided meditation sessions every Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Baldwin Hall. The sessions are free and open to the public.