Meditation is often tied in with yoga and spirituality, which is fine if that's what you're in to. However for those who are intrigued by meditation but don't want to have to deal with Omm's, we have a new wave of meditation that's breaking through the urban centric scene.
We recently spent time at A-SPACE, attending one of their 'Heart meditation' sessions. A perfect fit for our month of all things 'SELF'. The class aims to help you connect with yourself and others.
Upon walking through the A-SPACE doors, you are greeted by incredibly warm and friendly staff. Once checked in, you are lead through some more doors and arrive in a nice light filled space. Yes, one that looks like any other hipster yoga studio - but let's be honest, who doesn't love crafted plywood cabinetry, beautifully cared for indoor plants and a quiet space?!
Shoes came off and we entered a pleasant, pre-meditation nook, where we settled our soul with some herbal tea. It was also a nice opportunity to have a little chat to others who were attending the same class. Almost immediately we notice one of the best things about mediation - you can wear anything you like. No yoga pants needed here! Which means you can come straight from work or on your way to somewhere else! No excuses ;)
Seated on alien like, comfy modern meditation chairs, the class starts with a greeting from the teacher. There is no background music to distract your thoughts, which seems to be a very understated choice by A-Space's mindfulness experts. As the session continues, we weren't left to our own devices. The teacher guided us through the meditation, asking questions which are answered in silence. Throughout the session the mindfulness expert prompts particular thoughts, which actually really helps when struggling to focus.
Upon completion of the guided tour through our mind, everyone has time to reflect on feelings which popped up. This part of the meditation class gives everyone the chance to practise deep breathing, respectful listening and talking. With a little bit of hesitation, each person shared how they felt throughout the meditation, speaking from the heart and not from the mind. Sounds terrifying, which it kind of is, however with an open mind we challenged ourselves. We also found the deep breathing to be a great tool to calm the nerves! But don't worry, if sharing ain't your thang, there's no pressure to share your feelings. So don't let that scare you off!
Overall, we thought it was a great experience that helps you explore, slow down and focus on yourself and others - something which can be super hard these days! For those anti-meditation peeps out there, give it a go, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
If nothing else, the class is a great reminder to take time for yourself, and that every single person is a human being too.