When I reach the end of my Calm session and the coach says “okay, now if you’re ready, open your eyes…” I’m never ready.
I have a giant class this semester smack dab in the middle of the day. The class that follows is not big, but they are loud and excited about life all the time.
I asked if they wanted to try breathing with the Calm app and they were all in.
So we sat in a circle and closed our eyes and focused on breathing.
About half the class broke after a minute. They couldn’t stop the laughter.
It does feel awkward to sit silently breathing the first few times you meditate. It’s just weird when we’re so used to constant bombardment from a million different directions. So I get it.
A few of us kept breathing, but the kids who laughed got busy working.
We’ve tried a few more times with the same level of success.
Then yesterday hit and the kids sat in a circle breathing, no laughter, no anything other than breath and peace. When I stopped they said “Nooooooo! That was like a minute.”
Nope. 2 minutes 48 seconds.
We made it to 4 minutes and started work.
Y’all, those four minutes were everything.
The stress of the day was gone for me AND for the class. They were so much more focused in their work. And they could not believe how much time had passed.
We don’t meditate every day, and it’s completely optional. The kids said they wished we would make it an everyday exercise.
Maybe we will.