By Caitlin O’Malior
Photo by Sarika Dagar
As we face these trying times, it’s important to take time to reflect on our mental and emotional health. Fortunately, with the jump from in-person programs to the virtual, LightHouse offers a variety of health and wellness classes via Zoom. Among these classes is Mindfulness and Meditation, offered by Health and Wellness Program Manager, Amber Sherrard.
Amber starts the class with an open discussion and check-in with her students. Fellow class members share their highs and/or lows of the week. Amber encourages positive communication amongst the class and if “lows” are shared, they are received with support and encouraging words to help that person through their difficulties. For those who have been quarantining by themselves or have had very limited connection with others, this time for group discussion and sharing has been invaluable.
After this, comes the meditation portion of the class. This is a guided meditation courtesy of a specifically chosen podcast episode selected by Amber. For anyone who may be new to meditation or needs a little structure to help them reach their inner state of Zen, the guided meditation is a fantastic tool. Find a quiet space, close your eyes, and take in the calming words. You will be amazed at how quickly you are mentally transported into a world of self-reflection.
Life has become chaotic and it is easy to feel overwhelmed when your once-sanctuary suddenly becomes your home office, classroom, childcare center, restaurant, bedroom, etc., all in one. Grab some headphones or find a quiet space, tune into Amber’s Mindfulness and Meditation, and get back a little bit of that centered calmness—even if it’s short lived, it is well worth the effort. Indulge in some surely much needed “me time.”
Mindfulness and Meditation runs every Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom. RSVP to Amber at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7353.