Monday, November 23, 2009

A Buddhist Monk Named Sal

I had the most wonderful and seldomly offered opportunity on Saturday at about two in the afternoon.

What pray tell would that be? Glad you asked!

I was able to study meditation from a Buddhist monk named Sal (his given name was too hard to pronounce, let alone spell, so he was nice enough to let us call him Sal).

This opportunity was brought into fruitation by Rachel, my yoga instructor-Apparently it's a monthly occurrence, so I knew about it for awhile (a couple of weeks at least) and ever since I heard about it, I've been looking forward to it like a kid would look forward to going into a candy store!

Needless to say, it was more amazing then I can even put into words-There were some great like-minded people in the class, so we all felt at ease with one another and our surroundings. For most of us, this was our first time in a big group, so there was a question and answer round before and after the meditation.

Sal was able to help us get into the 'spirit,' and for our first meditation, we did what's called a love and energy meditation, which is basically you work on bringing self love to yourself and you also send out loving energies to those you are close to and care about.

Like I said, it was just pure amazingness through and through.

There is a retreat on December 5th that I REALLY want to go to in Woodstock, IL, that's like an all day thing and it's lead by these three suburban monks and a nun (I know, it sounds like a bad joke)-Hopefully I'll be lucky enough to go! If not, I can look forward to another meditation class in December :)

Love and Energies.

1 comment:

Celeste said...

Sounds wonderful! I did a weekend long meditation retreat at a Zen Buddhist monastery in Pennsylvania once. It was a really peaceful experience.