By Guest Blogger Sameer Desale, Biostatistics
That’s what we try to achieve in meditation sessions at UTC. It’s a journey… in our inner being… that we travel together, to reach a destination where we are all in the same state of peace and joy that is equally shared. When I started meditating about 12 years ago, I never knew such a state existed and could be achieved so easily. And the best part is that you can share it with others! All good things we enjoy more when we share. It’s like you find a new place and know how to get there, then you take others and show them how to get there. That’s what motivates me--to guide people and show them that place. Once they see it, the joy and the understanding is evident in their expression.
Sometimes it’s three people, sometimes it’s five or 10. Numbers don't matter. What matters is the 15 to 20 minutes of time that we truly give to ourselves, for nourishing our mind, body and spirit. I also conduct meditation class at a public library in DC, and one of my students told me she used to jog in the morning to feel fresh. Now she meditates and she feels same amount of freshness. The first time she meditated, she felt so relaxed that she was calm and confident in a job interview the next day and got the job! In my experience, meditation not only helps me to feel better, but it also actually improves relationships with people. Because we start to understand ourselves, we develop a better understanding of others.
I am very glad that I get the opportunity to share meditation with my colleagues. It's wonderful when we open our eyes after meditation (sure, sometimes someone needs a nudge!), we know we have experienced something good that will stay with us for rest of the day!
*Each Monday at UTC from 12:30 to 1 p.m., Sameer guides meditation.