On Sunday I kicked off my morning at Kit and Ace for a ‘Meditation Morning’, a group meditation class led by Lawrence Jay, yogi, from Equinox. It was in preparation for The Big Quiet, a mass meditation hosted by Kit and Ace at the One World Observatory, which is the highest building in the Western Hemisphere. It was an evening (last night) in NYC to bring thousands of meditators together to pause and leave past, present and future concerns in the clouds. For those who weren’t able to attend in person, Kit and Ace showrooms in North America participated in their own way and then shared the link to live stream the event in the comfort of our own homes.
The Meditation Morning was such a relaxing, positive environment. The lights were nice and dim in the showroom, the mood was super zen and the centre of the shop was set up with mats, pillows and Flow Water. Lawrence sat at the front of the room with beautiful music playing over the speakers and he started the class with a light stretch to shake out our worries and get the blood flowing. Once we sat down on our mats we closed our eyes, placed our hands in our laps and focused on our breath. Lawrence took us on a meditative journey to open our hearts and listen to the power they embody. We protected our hearts with our hands as we breathed in good intentions and fresh oxygen. Pure bliss!
It was SO relaxing and I totally fell into a meditative state – which I really didn’t think would happen with all the noisy traffic passing by on Bloor St.
I felt very relaxed, with a positive mind and tense-free body for the rest of my Sunday.
Before bed, I tuned into The Big Quiet’s live stream on the Kit and Ace Facebook page. The event began at 10 pm and started off with a few inspirational speakers discussing the human connection and the importance of acceptance. It was very inspiring and definitely moving – especially considering the location and amount of people involved. Once the meditation began I didn’t think I would actually be able to fall into a relaxed state, as there was a lot of static noise from the video and people shuffling/coughing every so often (which is understandable as there were 1000+ meditators!).
Nonetheless, I sat in my quiet bedroom, dimmed the lights and closed my eyes. I listened to the voice of the lady leading the meditation and the beautiful sounds of the Tibetan singing bowls as I fell into a meditate state – I had assumed wrong, once again.
I was so happy to take part in this meditative experience with thousands of people in New York and around North America.
I also realized that I learned a pretty good lesson from this experience: to not assume what the outcome will be before beginning something. In both the morning and evening meditations I told myself I wasn’t going to be able to actually meditate because of the noise around me…but in both cases, I proved myself wrong.
I know I’m not alone in the fact that often times we create negative, preconceived ideas of how something will turn out before it even begins and in the end everything works out better than we thought.
I’m a huge overthinker, but I’m going to try my best to be more mindful and just go with the flow in the present moment.
Who’s with me?
For more information on Meditation Mornings at the Yorkville location, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about The Big Quiet and to watch the recorded event, click here.