Meditating at Bonnaroo

I just came back from the four day Bonnaroo camping music festival in TN, where I was part of an 8 person team introducing people to breathwork techniques and guided meditations every hour, on the hour, from 9am to 9pm, at the Art of Living tent.  

The festival was overflowing with people (90,000 people were at the festival) and experiences to stimulate all of the senses.  Many people were there to listen to their favorite band or discover new ones and many of them were there to get high on alcohol and drugs for a few days.  But many of them found their way to our tent to get a different kind of high and were able to experience deep meditation in the middle of chaos and loud music from the surrounding stages.   

One guy said it felt like he had slept for 2 days after 10 minutes of meditation.  Another girl started crying after the meditation, saying that this is exactly what she's been looking for such a long time.  Our team was also handing out quotes with spiritual wisdom from H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and when one girl received her quote from Sri Sri, she read it, and had this huge smile on her face, said a big thank you, and said she was going to keep that quote forever until the end of the time.  Someone else came to the tent and pulled out a Sri Sri quote that he had been carrying in his wallet since last year's Bonnaroo festival when he visited the AOL tent.  On the last day, we had people coming back 3-4 times for meditations during the day, and many of them didn't want to leave the tent after each session.  

I can't possibly remember or capture all of the beautiful moments and heart moving feedback we received from people during the festival, but I was deeply reminded just how many people are out there in small and big towns just WAITING for spiritual wisdom and to experience meditation, and how lucky I am to be in a position to provide those things to people.  

The most powerful take away I experienced, was that if people can find deep silence in the middle of chaos at Bonnaroo, then people can tap into that same space of peace and silence when their personal lives are filled with stress, turmoil, and uncertainty.  Just takes a few minutes of breathing and relaxation, which are available to anyone and everyone at any time.

LaShanda teaching a breathing technique called "bhastrika"

LaShanda teaching a breathing technique called "bhastrika"

LaShanda handing out "FREE WISDOM"

LaShanda handing out "FREE WISDOM"

One of the wisdom quotes we handed out to festival goers

One of the wisdom quotes we handed out to festival goers

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