About half an hour later, I saw some people started entering the room, mostly women of different age groups; I too followed them along into the room. The room was simply decorated with a few crystal decors and a divine ceramic tray on a low-rise cabinet. Those entered were already sitting quietly on the floor.
Not long after, a lady who seemed to be the mentor came in and greeted everyone. Perhaps I was the only Asian-looking faces in the room, so she came over, greeted me in English and told me that it’s a Meditation Workshop. She wondered if I’d ever attended such workshop, I told her I had but it wasn’t a great experience, maybe my mind wandered too much! She then asked if I’d be interested in giving it a go again. I paused for a moment and said, “Why not?”
We were asked to first find a comfortable sitting position, so everyone sit up nicely, had their eyes closed and continued to follow the instructions. She then took out a small wood stick (seemed like the ones I saw at the Coffee House) from her little pouch, ignited it with a lighter until it formed a light smoke, and placed it on the ceramic tray above the cabinet. The light, aromatic smoke slowly filled the entire room with a pleasant, woody scent reminiscent of citrus.
Indulging in the therapeutic calming scent, I gradually closed my eyes, whilst enjoying the breeze and the warm sunlight shining through the door curtains. After a few deep breaths, I had entered into the meditative state.