Meditation has always been something that’s intrigued me (remember, it was on my summer to-do list!). While I practice yoga on the regular, it’s never been much of a zen activity for me…let’s chalk this up to the fact that I like hot yoga, and it’s hard to be zen when you have about a gallon of sweat dripping down your face at any given moment. Gross, I know.
And of course if Michael Scott from The Office (i.e. my favorite tv show, ever!) tries it…
I heard about a downtown meditation class that occurs mornings for an hour and lunchtime for half an hour. A quick 30 minute lunchtime meditation seemed like the perfect time to give it a try, no? Our meditation instructor at The Three Jewels told us we could either meditate in the seated position or laying down on a yoga mat…either was fine as long as our spine was straight. I’ll let you guess which one I opted for;-)
Closing our eyes, she walked us through some calming words, encouraging us to first pay attention to all the sounds around us (water faucet dripping! cabs honking! classmates breathing! ahhhh the stimulation!), and then for us to let go of those sounds completely and to focus on our breathing. On the inhale and exhale. On that moment. (Yes, the cabs were still honking but I did my best to ignore, promise!)
Thirty minutes was the exact right amount of time for me. Anymore and I probably would have been snoring away in class, zenned to the max with a lunchtime snoozer.
If meditation is something you’re interested in, I’d absolutely encourage you to try out a class. They are donation based ($7), but will never turn anyone away for funds…so technically, yes, you can go for free. If you have a tendency to get super relaxed (read: on the verge of sleeping), I’d suggest giving the seated meditation pose a try first.
If I worked in the hood I would definitely take advantage of the lunchtime zen sessions as a way to relax, but being much further uptown and having a preference for sweat over zzz’s, I’ll be sticking to the hot yoga.
Have you ever tried meditation? Should I give it another try? Share your thoughts below!
By: Jessica Tiare Bowen