To Meditate or Not to Meditate?
The pool was being cleaned, so my aqua yoga class was landlocked. I decided to lead the class in an introduction to meditation. My class agreed. For many, this was the first time trying meditation.
The class consisted of several mini- meditations lasting one to five minutes each - from mindful to object to guided meditations, culminating in creative expression at the end. We shared our experiences. Some interesting observations arose, particularly after the final guided meditation.
During guided meditation, I lead the class in visualization to Vivaldi’s “Spring”. Afterwards, the students took colored pencil to paper for creative expression and one gentleman literally wrote “I don’t get it.” Another gentleman was able to express a long-held desire to fly in a hot air balloon. Yet another woman wanted reassurance that she was compromising her religious beliefs. The other students expressed a sense of peace and calm.
Each person was able to have a unique experience, without judgement. Meditation is an invitation to quiet the mind and to connect with the true self. It comes in many styles and there are a myriad of benefits - physical, mental, and emotional - being scientifically proven every day. The key is to just try it and see what happens. Who knows? Maybe there is a deep desire or a question to be solved?