The Value of Meditation
Sharpstown High School, Houston, TX- Coordinator Kenai McFadden
Last week at Sharpstown High School in Houston, Texas, Healthcorps Coordinator Kenai McFadden led a guided meditation with all 1,500 Sharpstown students. Typically, Kenai leads this “10@10” mediation four times a week at Sharpstown, asking students over the loudspeaker to wind-down and focus on one theme or another.
Last week was different. Last week, Sharpstown High School experienced the great loss of one of it’s students.
“Good morning Apollos. This is Mr. Mac with 10@10. The theme for 10@10 this week is Creativity and Potential… but today I want to talk about Grieving and Loss. Yesterday, as we know, we lost someone. This happens sometimes in life, losing someone abruptly. It is not easy. It is painful. It can hurt a whole lot.”- Kenai McFadden
The value of Kenai McFadden’s exercise was never more evident then when Sharpstown lost one of it’s students. Kenai’s language during his guided meditation provided the support the students needed to deal with their great feelings of loss. School counselors were blown away with this short but simple opportunity for their students to grieve.
Full transcript of Kenai’s guided meditation
Good morning Apollos. This is Mr. Mac with 10@10. The theme for 10@10 this week is Creativity and Potential… but today I want to talk about Grieving and Loss. Yesterday, as we know, we lost someone. This happens sometimes in life, losing someone abruptly. It is not easy. It is painful. It can hurt a whole lot.
I want you to know that it takes courage to grieve, and to honor the pain that we carry. Some folks cry, some people sing, some people are just silent.
Place your hand over your heart. I want you to, as you breathe today, feel your own heartbeat as you breathe today. We should all take some time right now, as we sit in silence, to grieve, to and to empathize… and to feel whatever we need to feel… whether it be sadness, or anger, or sorrow… whatever we need to feel.
Take a deep breath in, and allow yourself to fully feel what you need to, to mourn the loss of our fellow student. As you continue to breathe, bring to mind any kind of loss you might feel in your heart. Let the feelings come as they are. Little by little allow the feelings to come, and gently hold them. Breathe, and hold these feelings gently.
I want to share a poem with you all to close out this 10@10. Reflect on it for a moment. Its title is, Just One More Day
Sometimes I wonder what I would say
If we had just one more day
Would I tell you the news from home?
Ask you about where you now roam?
Would I tell you all the things left unsaid?
The guilt and regrets still in my head?
Would I want to know that you’re okay?
Beg you please to come back and stay?
Would I not say all that much?
And just reach out for one last touch?
I don’t know what I would say
But I do sure wish for that one more day.
And so, when you are ready, take a deep breath in, exhale, open your eyes, and yes, still, smile at someone. Maybe hug someone if you need to. Let’s now recite what we believe at Sharpstown with the Apollo Creed.