Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I went to my first ever meditation session today, and it was fabulous!
It was at work, at lunchtime, was set up by my company's health and safety committee and was totally free, and I decided to go for three reasons:
1. I've been totally stressed out lately by various things non-RA related
2. I feel as though my body is completely out of balance (and not just because of RA)
3. I thought it would be a great way to learn how to deal with the aches and pains of RA
I had no clue what to expect.
We'd been told to eat a light meal before and bring a shawl or sweater in case we got cold during the session, so I brought a large scarf I keep at my desk. I had planned to wear a skirt today, then pondered changing that to jeans this morning, thinking we might be sitting on the floor or something, then vetoed that idea since my knees wouldn't be up to any cross-legged poses. As it turns out, everyone (five of us, all women) sat around a table, which suited me and my achy joints just fine!
Our session leader started us off by telling us what would happen and why there was a box of Kleenex – apparently a lot of people cry when they meditate (I wasn't at all surprised to hear that and said I just might do that myself!).
Next, she had us do a standing stretch, and we shook off our worries, then we sat back down and she began what was basically a breathing/relaxation exercise leading into a visualization exercise that lasted about 20 minutes.
I have to admit, it was hard not to cry when she talked about us having "healthy bodies," and that took me out of the exercise at times, as did my aching hands at the beginning, but overall, the experience was incredibly relaxing. For the most part, it was relatively easy to let my mind wander along with her voice and imagine myself where she was directing us to go mentally and to forget my body, which was the whole point!
There are more sessions offered, so I'll definitely be attending, and then perhaps look into meditation more seriously outside the work environment.
Anything to escape my physical aches and pains, and if I can relax more, even better!