Have you ever wondered about the benefits of meditation? What about how being mindful can actually help to lessen daily pains? Our Joyful Noise Baltimore has brought another amazing program to us that combines music and meditation to help our population relax and give them another resource for handling stress and anxiety. The men of The Baltimore Station have spent the last two months exploring the powers of meditation through the 5M Self-Care Workshops led by Aaron Hill. “5M is a self-care formula that decreases stress, anxiety, grief and depression while increasing overall peace using music, movement, meditation, mindfulness, and mantras (positive affirmations).”
Each week Aaron Hill, a certified mindfulness and meditation teacher, spends an hour working with our men to help them let go of the stress and tension of the day and just focus on themselves. He uses music to ground everyone and allow the space to be free of outside distractions. After creating a positive space, the men move into some stretches and meditation, before working on positive mantras to encourage confidence the rest of the day. One client said “It relaxed me. It was a good type of meditation where you could be calm but not so calm that you fall asleep” with another saying “I enjoyed singing my mantra. I wasn’t distracted, I was right here.”
Aaron Hill has also enjoyed this opportunity to work with the men. Saying "I've had such an amazing time working with the men at The Baltimore Station. They've shared with me that my workshops have given them tools to manage their stress better, remember to breath during challenging times, respond wisely instead of reacting blindly, and that the workshops alone gave them a break from the "grind" and permission to take a minute to themselves to rest in the midst of a busy day. "
We are so grateful for the different opportunities we can offer the men we serve to help better their days and accomplish their goals. If you are interested in giving meditation a chance, check out more information on Aaron Hill here.