The bunny room was packed with 55 students not including our volunteers and others visiting. We decided the second week of midterms would be a great time to start up Bunny Meditation and relaxation again. Students from far and near came through the doors not knowing what to expect. A castle, so many bunnies, people they did not know, everyone close together, packed in like snuggled bunnies but it worked.
It was a cool Autumn day in Minnesota, maybe one of those last great days before winter arrives. Students were able to prioritize time to Pet Away their Worry and Stress. It was a good day but of course a day full of hard times, deadlines, to do lists and feeling isolated. We try so hard to help but we are powerless to this world of striving young adults. All we can do is show up for them.
The vision was in place. No longer just a dream but created into a safe place, an escape. It was time for a mindfulness exercise and the room followed the Meditation leader. Pens and index cards were passed out and students were asked to write down what they are grateful for.
Its a simple exercise this Bunny Meditation, yet so deeply powerful. The heart shaped box was passed from student to student and everyone put their gratitude inside. We began with a big stretch, and a deep breath, another stretch up towards the ceiling and the release of the breath as we moved our arms down to rest hands on laps. Then a body scan. Close your eyes we said, "follow us on this journey together."
Not a sound was heard as we finished and asked the participants to lay down on the floor and open their eyes to the delight of the rabbits enjoying playtime on their castle. It was peaceful, it was calm, it was quiet and it was enchanting. It was a place to just be, to leave the race on the college campus aside and just show up and be present. Mindfulness practice is just that simple. Its beautiful and it matters.
Your Bunny Besties