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Meditation For Media-Junkies

Stephanie Carrera finds inner-peace at Innerspace

Written by . Published on July 4th 2011.


Meditation For Media-Junkies

I’M a fairly modern girl when it comes to technology. Unfortunately, I also suffer from modern, computer-induced ADD. With my laptop constantly at my side, I’m used to doing at least five different things at once. In an effort to curb the obsessive email checking and messaging, I gave up my Droid when I moved here from L.A. Even so, I realised I was still not giving each task (or person, for that matter) the attention it deserved. I needed to refocus my mind. So I decided to try the free class on ‘practical meditation’ offered at Innerspace in Covent Garden.

To the fly on the wall, we must have shifted from mental patients to Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test: I couldn’t help but laugh to myself a bit when we described our ‘experiences’, and how the room remained white for a while after the meditation was over, even though it was true for me as well. 

The classroom didn’t look as freakishly new age as I’d feared. Aside from a few murals on the wall, it was white, with three rows of chairs, a CD player in the corner, and a white board at the front of the room. As the meditation began, we each went on a journey. Or at least, most of us did. I went on a journey straight to sleep. Which, if meditating in the middle of the day, is NOT what you’re supposed to do, FYI.

The first rule I learned immediately thereafter was to keep my eyes open during meditation. The idea is that keeping one’s eyes open during the session eventually leads to being able to go into a meditative state anywhere – whether washing dishes, or being shouted at by your boss or partner. I certainly like that idea, but I still don’t want to know what it looks like to see a room full of people ostensibly present in their chairs with wild, vacant eyes. Probably looks like a room full of mental patients.

I momentarily panicked when I was told we’d have homework. Doesn’t meditation class becoming another stressor defeat the purpose? It turned out to just be practice: ten minutes in the morning, ten minutes at night.

Over the course of the four sessions, during which we talked about the five original qualities every person has (happiness, love, wisdom, peace and purity), I did get into the habit of making meditation part of my daily routine. To the fly on the wall, we must have shifted from mental patients to Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test: I couldn’t help but laugh to myself a bit when we described our ‘experiences’, and how the room remained white for a while after the meditation was over, even though it was true for me as well.

For the more disciplined, Innerspace offers guided meditations online, but I need the motivation of a classroom. While the cynic in me often felt one step too close to a kumbaya circle, I did step out of my media-saturated haze long enough to gain some valuable relaxation techniques. 

 

www.Innerspace.org.uk

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