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Just last month, we hosted #popupMOMENT, an installation dedicated to sparking curiosity about mindfulness and meditation.
The inspired mind behind MOMENT, Anita Cheung (Social Yoga) brought together a community to create experiences that build awareness and appreciation for the practice of meditation. The central, on-going event was a “three-step” program, which involved walking into the space of 434 Columbia St. and sitting down to listen in on meditation-guides off an iPod. During the evenings there was an assortment of Flow yoga classes, speaker series, a long-table dinner and a party or two.
A couple days into the pop-up, I dropped by the space in Chinatown to check out the setup, snap some photos, and meet Anita in person. When I arrived it was quiet, even with a handful of people setting up for the afternoon mediation session. The minimalist surroundings were accented with soft and neutral colours painted on wooden crates, displaying thoughtful quotes. In the centre was Carolyn Budgell, the voice of the pre-recorded mediations and an experienced yoga instructor in Vancouver. She would be leading the day’s live mediation session (in addition to two more, each with a new focus and mantra).
The class was full but Anita encouraged me to stay and try it out. With eight or nine attendees, we all had our own pillow to sit on and had enough room to be comfortable. Carolyn began the session by asking everyone to pull a single card from a deck in the middle of the room. Each had one printed word, with the purpose of that shining light onto some aspect of the receiver’s life. Mine was “Clarity”. We spent the next 25 minutes listening with our eyes closed to Carolyn’s voice guiding us through the experience.
By tuning out the external environment, we tuned in and worked toward gaining a new perspective on our own thought processes. Upon opening our eyes and completing the session, everyone left calm and contemplative.
What can I say about my time on the pillow? I hope Anita and her crew return for round two of #popupMOMENT. Until then, give meditation a try at home. Take a moment with your mind with two recordings sent to us by Anita and Carolyn. You can find more recordings on the #popupMOMENT website.