This post describes how Tuesday meditation at Reed will carry on through the coronavirus season. We will not meet on campus, but we will stick to our traditional Tuesday schedule and hold weekly meditation sessions ONLINE. You are welcome to join us online. Learn more about how to stay connected below. Until then, please take care of yourselves and your households, and remember this: the fewer and shorter paths that the virus can travel, the sooner this will end.
How to join Reed Meditation online. Reed meditation sessions will be held using the Zoom online “meeting” app. Download the app here for your computer, tablet, or phone (scroll down to find the right app for your device) and set it up (need help? check out the Zoom FAQ page). You can use this app for free and even use it to set up your own meetings (there is a 40 minute limit on meetings for “freeloaders” – our meditation sessions last only 30-35 minutes).
When Tuesday noon rolls around, grab your device and find a place to sit. Anywhere (your office, kitchen, front yard) is good as long as you have a reliable internet connection. Click the link for the meeting (see below), say “hi” or wave when you see me (note: Alan will see you if you turn on your camera, but that is optional), and then either mute your microphone or Alan will do that for you. And then sit. Most Tuesdays we will have time for a short greeting/check-in at the end of our meditation period, but that is optional too. If you have somewhere to be, click “Leave meeting” and go.
Links for meetings… The meeting link for each meditation session will be emailed on Monday to members of our mailing list and will also appear in the weekly entry in our Google calendar (ask Alan if you want him to share this calendar). Links will also be posted right here. The link for Tuesday, March 31 is https://zoom.us/j/639700409
Will the chapel also be open for meditation? The chapel is reserved for meditation on Tuesdays, 12-1, through the end of the semester, but the college has decided to close all buildings to public access (learn more about current building access restrictions). There are few, if any, students on campus and many employees are working from home (I am writing this Sunday, Mar 29). The chapel is currently unavailable.
Alan’s Final Tips. Regular mindfulness practice can help each of us stay grounded in this health emergency. When I was a child, my parents and their parents had already been dealing with the polio crisis for years. “Social distancing” was a familiar practice. When a national vaccination campaign finally got underway, we waited in long lines for our turn to get injected (this was replaced with sugar cubes when the oral vaccine became available). It was a national effort. EVERYONE did their part. Polio still resides in some communities around the globe, but many, many fewer people will ever need to worry about this horrible scourge. I am hopeful that our public health measures aimed at reducing, or even ELIMINATING, VIRUS TRANSMISSION will get us through the current epidemic.