-Bryant H. McGill-
As conditioned adults, sometimes we diminish the potential of our young people. Being a teacher has shown me that there are many lessons we can learn from them, lessons that sometimes not even adults understand and much less are open to. So the class began and this boy approached me with this comment: “You look like the kind of person who likes to meditate.” Lesson number one, young people have powerful observation skills. I replied with an affirmation and he continued by requesting a five minutes meditation before beginning our daily language lesson. I guess used to too much structure and by the book routines, they looked at me expecting a sound no. Out of curiosity, I consented with the only condition for him to lead it.
In total awe, I witnessed a natural; a sixteen year old with the voice of a guru, the inspiration of a Zen master, and a soft and melodic voice that transported us all to a distant dimension. What surprised me more was the seriousness and commitment of the rest of the group. They were following, listening; they were in the now. We were all in the here. I was speechless! Our class ran smoothly as never before and I couldn’t help but to think about all the times we deny these young people the opportunity to simply be, expressing who they are in their own way.
Our five minutes meditation before or after the class has become part of who we are inside and outside the classroom. It connects us with each other, clears our minds, and makes us unveil an unknown creativity. I let him be and he has taught us that in life we must be flexible, we must believe and give chances, and we must trust each other working together to create something better. I listened and I am thankful!