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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Seo Young Park

Reader 2

Daniel Segal

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Wellness dialogues in the United States consistently promote "mindfulness" and "meditation" in relation to self-care, but what do these terms really mean? This research project explores perceptions of mindfulness and meditation in the Claremont community, investigating how understandings of these terms are socially exchanged and reproduced. It also illuminates how these understandings have transformed from concepts influenced by a perceived "eastern-ness" to concepts whose cultural roots remain often undiscussed. Through this research, readers will better understand how Claremont community members conceptualize "mindfulness" and "meditation" and hopefully better access these practices with their perceived related health benefits.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.