For the longest time I couldn't figure out why social media became all the rage, why it is addictive enough to threaten sucking hours out of our days. And then I figured out that it pulls us in because every one of us has a deep desire to be seen or heard in our own way, to find connection with others.
A few months ago when I started hosting monthly loving kindness meditations, I had very little plans or expectations of how these events would go. I had no idea who would come, what they were seeking and what they would be open to experiencing.
An hour or so before the first group meditation, I decided I wanted to create a sacred space of sorts, and envisioned an altar with candles in the middle of a circle. Five ladies showed up and it has been a combination of these ladies each time since. Intuition guided me well, as sitting in a circle formation has created an invisible but palpable layer of security around the group, creating an environment of trust and honesty.
We start our evenings together by becoming centered and calm within through a moving meditation and then a guided loving kindness meditation. We then stretch our legs and our minds as we spend the rest of our 90 minutes together in a flowing discussion. Sometimes the topic is planned in advance and sometimes it arises organically.
It has turned out to be such an uplifting, authentic and heartwarming experience, helping each of us to reconnect with our inner selves and leave the circle feeling calmer and happier. We get a chance to be seen and to connect - in person.
So our monthly loving kindness meditation has blossomed into a sacred women's circle with the focus on supporting each other in our path to more joyful, conscious and mindful living. We have discussed topics ranging from dissolution of the ego to self-love to resentment and forgiveness.
For me, these discussions aren't just hot air with no place to go. They have inspired me to dive deeper on my quest to heal inner wounds. After one circle, I came home and wrote 2,555 words about resentment towards a particular person in my past, gaining clarity on a previously clouded topic and moving a step closer towards forgiveness.
Our next loving kindness mindfulness circle is on Wednesday, March 7 at 19:30 at the Raum für Bewegung–Tanz–Stimme at Untergasse 13, 8854 Galgenen. Register here to save your spot.
Michelle Borner, a yoga teacher focusing on women and kids in the Zurich Obersee region, leads the Blue Lotus Switzerland meditation group under the guidance of Venerable Bhante Sujatha
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