All of the grade 8 kids were being vaccinated, one class at a time. By 10:15, the time for our Meditation class, only 2 girls were post-vaccine. They wanted guided relaxation, a body scan. Waiting a while to see if any others would be charging into the room, I decided to post a sign and begin.
Please wait outside quietly for a few minutes.
I’ll open the door soon.
And we proceeded. From heels, bit by bit up to the head.
Finally a few huge cleansing breaths from top to bottom and then the transition back to regular awareness of the room.
I opened the door, the girls were waiting and agreed to respect those still climbing out of their relaxation.
Our Session Begins
With a promise that there would be another full body scan later on, we began. The topic: everyday memories
I invited them to think of something that they had done that day. I gave them an example of climbing out of bed. One simple act.
I asked them to write it down.
Did they want to share? They did! Most of them wrote down: Getting a vaccination.
“Excellent. Now, let’s go a little deeper.
Write down everything you remember seeing during the event. Just what you saw.” They did.
“Step 2. Write down everything you heard: voices, sounds, etc.
Step 3. Write down things you touched,sensed. If you moved. Temperature.
Step 4. Emotions. How did you feel?”
I watched them write and write. There was no end of details. Many of them were writing with their non-dominant hand due to the vaccination, so that alone was a challenge!
When they were done I asked: “How does the memory now compare to when you first thought about it?”
“As if I’m still there.”
” I remember a lot more than I thought I did.”
My acknowledgement: “When we think about our memory, we recall that it happens in the hippocampus, the part of brain responsible for storing our memory. We are interested in developing that part of the brain. Right? (yes!) The more we notice about an experience, the more details, the more we store in our memory.