Meditation at Fore River (Aram)


This week I got to walk with some of the students at the Maine College of Art. We moved through the many thresholds that make up the Fore River Sanctuary and contemplated the state of our morale, the necessity of collaboration, and the ways that our work/art impacts the world.

We were having such a grand time discussing ideas and making tea over a camp stove at a waterfall, that we ran out of time for our guided meditation. Technology to the rescue! I promised to send out the meditation for them (hi MECA friends!) to put in their pockets and take outside this weekend at their convenience for some personal reflection.

And I figured we might as well invite you all to join us:

And here it is distilled into something of a poem:

ball up tight
clenched, tense
flow into fresh and fresh washes over you
let tension dissolve
loosen grasp
ease the muscles in your face, tongue
lightly wiggle your toes fingers
open heart

let yourself be
deep breath: fill up your lungs
deep breath: full up your chest
deep breath: fill up your ribs, leak into neck and pelvis
deep breath: full up this forest

tide turn and flowing back
fresh full aimless slick dizzy
start to try and find something to grasp
idea feeling thought image
look around as you flow into the salt
see: there’s more grit to hold on to

Aram Mitchell

Renewal in the Wilderness, 20 Roberts Street, Falmouth, ME, 04105