What’s the only logical thing to do after you’ve done yoga in a nightclub? Meditate, obviously.
The night after Willkommen Deep House Yoga, I was super excited go to the BE Society meeting because it was uptown this week. Upper east, but still, UPtown. It was held at the Erata Gallery on 80th and Madison. Leading us in an extra special meditation was breath work and incense expert Mei Yann Hwang. She uses sight, sound, and smell to lead groups through deeper meditation experiences. She’s traveled the world and collected wood and other things to burn so we had scents from around the world burning around us.
We all laid on the rugs in the gallery with eye masks on and let ourselves experience what it was we were going to experience. I know, eye masks sound weird, but it was really awesome, not being able to open your eyes any time you felt unsure of what was going on.
The gathering went on later than usual, but it was totally worth it.
And I like it.
I remember Gabrielle Bernstein saying at a workshop once that when she got on “the path,” she wasn’t really concerned with actively dating because she was “working shopping, vibing, all around town,” or something – that’s totally paraphrased (sorry Gabby!). Although I am dating someone right now (it’s very new, I’m trying to remember that and keep my cool), I’ve been dealing with some obsessive thoughts and so I’ve been throwing myself into as much meditation as much as possible (and my regular yoga classes, of course).
I already meditate regularly, once in the morning and once before bed (more if I have downtime and my thoughts are spinning). I also lead tiny 5 minute meditation breaks twice a week (three starting next week) at my office.
So here’s what I’ve been doing in addition to that to keep myself out of my head:
- An awesome woman named Tamara comes to our office every Friday morning before office hours to lead a 20-30 minute meditation for whoever wants it, so that’s definitely always apart of my week.
- Tamara’s 30th birthday party happened to be two weeks ago which started with a 30 minute meditation too. Awesome. Maybe I’ll do that this year….
- Tamara and her business partner Mikela (also awesome) run a nomadic meditation gathering called the “BE Society” that meets in different spaces every Tuesday. This past Tuesday they met in a loft on Bowery which was very close to my office so I walked over there after work. I can’t go this Tuesday because I’m seeing Guster (also awesome!)
- This Sunday (tomorrow) I am attending a meditation gathering at the Community Meditation Center and Sharon Salzberg is going to be leading it. I just started reading her book Lovingkindness so I’m super excited for that.
If you haven’t meditated before, I’d highly suggest it. And now I’m off to yoga. Namaste. 😉