Leading a meditation/relaxation session.

I’ve always loved relaxation sessions. Focusing on my breathing, sitting in the dark while listening to a calming voice has the power to make me feel at peace, to make me feel better. This is why I chose to organize this activity in the human rights café, I wanted to give students a relaxing moment away from the chaos of IPC.

I start the session by asking students to close their eyes and then I guide them into breathing slowly and relaxing their entire body. I try to speak as softly as I can and I carefully choose the music that I play.

What a joy it is to see people feel calm, feel good and enjoy a simple moment together.

At first I was nervous that I wouldn’t know what to say, I was worried that people could get bored, I thought that it could be tiring to speak without being able to relax myself… But everything went great and even though I was the one talking and guiding the group, I felt calm too at the end. Doing something for others can always benefit you as well.

I think that these kinds of activities -where you get to spend time with yourself, take care of yourself and do something collective without having to talk or use alot of energy- are really important at a place like IPC. It allows you to recharge your social batteries.

The relaxation session can be joined by anyone, no particular ability is required to attend and enjoy the moment. It is very simple and very easy to practice, all you have to do is listen to the instructions and try to let go. The goal is to feel relaxed (obviously), rested and at peace. It’s effortless and that’s what makes it so nice in my opinion.

By the end of the session you can even get a cup of tea and sit in silence for a while.