While in Jordan, and if you’re anything like us – a meditation lover and a keen adventurer – we highly recommend attending one of the monthly Full Moon meditation sessions run by the Jordanian Thai Center for Meditation and Self-development. Even if you couldn’t make it to their sessions, try meditating elsewhere – we cannot express the beauty, serenity and overwhelming state of trance that you delve into when you meditate in a place like Jordan…with its expansive deserts, hidden forests and territorial waters from the Dead Sea to Ma’in hot springs, you will no doubt feel the enchanting spirit of Mother Nature in Jordan.
The setting for the Full Moon meditation, the Jala’ad Cultural Centre, was a perfect case in point, as its outdoor amphitheater overlooks the mountainous terrains and distant city lights of As-Salt and Amman. The Centre, situated on the folds of the valley’s façade, behind the Scandinavian Forest, hosts a melange of artistic, cultural and leisurely activities and spaces, and is worth a visit for the museum, art gallery, swimming pool, mini golf courses and restaurants
As a reflection of our own meditation experience, you’ll be likely to experience the following…
“Fold your legs into a comfortable position, straighten your back, relax your body and feel the energy flow to your core” – these will be the serenading words used to soothe you into your first full moon meditation. Before closing your eyes and fully submitting to your inner spirit and energy around you, give yourself a moment to appreciate the wonder of the world that surrounds you.
Gaze over the darkened contours of the mountains of As-Salt and let your eyes catch hints of the terrain’s shadows bathed by the night’s moonlight. The lights of Amman glisten in the distance, appearing picturesque and almost surreal. The view will put you in an immediate dream-like state. Once you’ve breathed in the eventide’s splendour, focus your attention on the space that hosts you: built in the style of an ancient Roman amphitheatre, the Ziryab Theatre was kaleidoscopically coated with candle lanterns which steadily flickered at the pace of our breathing, giving life to darkness.
You will undoubtedly become fascinated by the assemblage of people around you, the young and the old, the locals and foreigners, and the yogis and amateur meditators, each pondering over their different experiences, emotions, visions and struggles but all sharing and partaking in the philosophy of “Middle Way Meditation” under that brightly lit full moon.
At the heart of ‘Middle Way Meditation’ is the visualisation technique: to focus on one object which represents the core of your body, in this case the full moon, and to use this image to refocus your thoughts and any emotions back to your core.
Upon immersing ourselves in that vast space, both literally and figuratively, we were told to welcome our loved ones into that space and to visualize them as happy, and to then welcome and visualize everyone in the amphitheater, Jordan, the neighboring countries around Jordan and the rest of the world as unconditionally content. We found that in seeing people in a more positive light, we deem them worthy of our affection, which increases our sense of interconnectedness and empathy towards one another.
Upon completing the meditation, we were asked to proceed to the buffet where they offered us tea, coffee and a selection of middle-eastern desserts that were typical this time of year during “Ramadan” (month of fasting) like Qatayef. As people shuffled to form a queue, time was no longer still nor our surroundings as quiet; we left that empty relaxed state of mind within ourselves and re-connected with the individuals around us, this time with more empathy and conviction of our innate inter-connectedness.