Our intention is to create an environment for people from all religions, all world views, and all experience levels to join together in meditation. Our vision is to continue inspiring world-wide meditations until the entire world is invited to join – literally!
For the past couple of years I have had this idea to organize a meditation flash mob. Like most good ideas someone had already thought of it. I saw a couple of videos, read a couple of articles and decided that one day I was going to organize a meditation flash mob.
Well about a month ago I finally got motivated to get into action and began searching the web for tips and ideas on executing the idea. A Google search brought me to MedMob.Org . This was exactly what I was looking for. I reached out and soon was in contact with the founder of MedMob. He sent me some materials to get started and said “go forth and meditate.” Well he didn’t really say that, but I know that’s what he meant.
I reached out to a couple of friends (Erin and Debbie) and soon we had a place and time picked out, flyers printed, a facebook page and an event posted. Debbie did a phenomenal job of reaching out to the yoga community, Erin was announcing it every chance she got, and Jef from Peephole Photographers agreed to take photos; and we were off and running.
The day of the event I received an email from Sonja Gantt of WCNC. She had asked if I would appear on the 4:00PM news to discuss the MedMob. After excitedly asking permission from my employer to have the afternoon off, I made my way to WCNC studios. We filmed a short interview and then I headed off to Caribou to get fueled for meditation, because I really needed to be even more anxious than I already was.
I arrived at the park at 6:30 and slowly people began to arrive. There were many faces I had never seen, and many I had. Friends, strangers and passersby were to join us as we set in silence for thirty minutes. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
I was so incredibly grateful that people were showing up that I tried my best to make my way around and introduce myself to people. It never occurred to me that being so social was not my usual M.O. I was excited and filled with joy that so many would come out to make the community aware of the practice of meditation. And at an event I organized. More on that later.
So here we are standing around on the Lawn, waiting for seven o’clock. Sixty people of all ages, genders, colors, religions, and orientations. Tattooed, pierced and clean-cut, all coming together to sit in meditation. We were a Benetton commercial on steroids. Just before seven, I sat with singing bowl at the ready. I watched the time and at exactly seven, i made that bowl sing. What happened next was amazing.
At exactly seven, at the sound of thesinging bowl, sixty people, engaged in conversation and fellowship, immediately became silent and sat. The silence was intense. Palpable. We sat for thirty minutes and as we sat, the park continued to be alive with activity. Children and families played in the distance, joggers ran by, cyclists pedaled through and pets and their owners walked. And we sat. What was a hot evening suddenly cooled down, a breeze blew and we sat.
Jef (Peephole Photographers) photographed us as we sat. After, he told us of the father who was walking by with his daughters and decided to sit and meditate with us. The police officer on his bike who kept passing and watching us. The families who looked at us crooked. The bee that landed on one meditator’s hand and stayed for thirty minutes.
I can’t wait for the next one. At about seven-thirty, I rang the bowl again and we chanted for several minutes. When it was all over, the excitement had returned. Meditators returned to their conversations. The silence was broken, and we had done what came out to do. We came together as a diverse community and shared the experience of meditation with our neighbors. We exposed our community to the peace and serenity of meditation. s finger and stayed for 30 minutes. But everyone who passed by, passed by quietly! They spoke in hushed voices or not at all. It was everything we hoped for!
July 21! Details to Follow!
All photos are courtesy of Jef Madden and Peephole Photographers. You’re the best Jef. Much Love!