Look what Birmingham is now doing to spread the word about the health benefits of meditation: Meditating in pubic!
You may ask why on earth would anyone do that? It’s actually a part of a worldwide movement, and people are doing it ALL over the world! The experts haven’t really pushed meditation; the medical world is more geared to treat symptoms in a timely fashion; many fundamental religions are afraid of the word; our multi-tasking society has taught us that simply being is not enough; and the list goes on, and on! But more and more people from all walks of life are beginning to sit, and to be with who they are. It’s time you try it!
Meditation does not need any great tools or equipment. It needs no specific postures if you simply cannot sit up straight (although all the studies show that our energy flows more freely with an erect back). You need not utter any mantra that you cannot understand (although many of them simply refer to God as in Har). You don’t need a teacher, or to attend a class, or to join a group, or anything else like that. All you need is to realize the importance of giving yourself this time to sit and to observe your mind. As you do this, it gets easier, and you will develop a capacity to be absolutely better at most everything in your life—all by just sitting with yourself.
There’s an organization (MedMob.org) that has been doing this around the U.S. for a while. Now it has spread, and is reaching out to many other continents. All they ask is for someone to organize it in the next town/city/country. The idea is to do it on the same day in these varying cities and locations around the world, in a public place. You can go to Global Meditation on Facebook and see many clips of other (more progressive cities than ours), and then you can “like” MedMob in Birmingham from there to see where all the monthly public meditations will be held.
July 28 will be the first one. It’s going to be from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the lobby of the West Pavillion. It’s right outside the Interfaith Chapel (bring a cushion).
Many of us have been meditating for some time, and can totally understand the benefits of it, but to be able to adequately convey this to others often causes us to come short. We can tell them, but they don’t get it—until they try it, and stick with it. This public display of meditation is simply to bring awareness to those who walk past, and to bring together others of the same general location, who believe in this powerful practice.
There is no religion associated with meditation, although many religions use meditation and contemplative prayer as part of their practice. This is the single act and practice that can be more unifying than anything else, because each participant sits in silence inwardly focusing on opening up himself or herself to that divine whisper that is available to us all. What a person calls the Divine is totally up to him or her. It’s the opportunity to sit with others without instruction, without rules, but with open heart to receive from the Divine, and then to send out to others and the world much greater intentions.
When we sit in silence, we can feel the connection that we have with others, and eventually with all of humanity.
May you be filled with lovingkindness, peaceful in your hearts;
May you be safe, protected from all harms both inner and outer;
May you be healthy of mind and body;
May you be free.
Join us! With questions, email our organizer at [email protected]
Laurie M. Knight is just another local person who thinks this world needs healing, and is doing her part every day.