I can vividly remember my first meditation class.
Sat in a room of people who looked like they were floating and...I had never wanted to run away more in my life!!
I'd taken to the moving meditation aspect of yoga like a duck to water, but sitting still was a very different story.
The class was an hour long (talk about straight in at the deep end!) and I didn’t listen to a single word the teacher said because absolutely all I could think about was planning my escape.
“Everyone has their eyes closed, I could just slip out of the door (or even the window!) and nobody would notice” I thought to myself as the teacher was whittering on in the background...
At that time of my life, being in a room full of people with my eyes closed made me feel sick with anxiety. So I sat there with my eyes just open enough to see the blur of the person in front of me.
Too polite to actually go through with my escape plan, I just sat there. Fidgeting with my eyes half open, painfully counting the minutes until it was over.
But even through that discomfort and urge to run, there’s was a split second where I felt some level of freedom...and that split second is what inspired me to come back.
Overtime that sense of freedom in stillness got louder and louder.
And now, many many years later, so humbled by the transformation that mindfulness had given me and how vital I believe it is in a modern life; it's my absolute honour to share the practice with you.
The sense of quietness cultivated through mindfulness practice, however momentary, is your superpower in a world of distraction and unsteadiness.
Come, sit with me.