Jielle Anne G. Dote July 10, 2011 Medicine – IB Group Seven Silence It’s been three weeks ago since Doc Española introduced a few meditation techniques to the class of freshmen medical students. At first, I was a little doubtful about meditating. I don’t believe in the power of “silence” for maximizing one’s focusing abilities. For me, it is just a waste of time. If one really wants to relax or unwind from the stresses in life, he or she may watch a movie, sleep, eat, surf the internet or simply do nothing. Nobody has ever taught me certain methods of meditation before. Doc Española demonstrated to us the Lotus position as the proper way of sitting during meditation. She also mentioned to us the “tripod” and the right position of the thumbs while the hands are clasped together (left-over-right to suppress the more active part of the body). Actually, I am a bit skeptical about everything. But I did it all anyway because there’s no harm in trying. Five minutes of silence. The room was filled with a hundred and ten freshmen students and a psychiatrist. No clocks ticking. No voices speaking. Just silence, and a little bit of humming from the air-conditioning units and electric fans. I think that was the first time I experienced that much silence for the longest time. Five minutes have passed. I was craving for more silence. As I went home, I tried doing it again. I was a bit disappointed. I was unable to attain what I’ve experienced in that room. The next evening, I did it again, but my mind was simply bothered by everything else. For the past weeks, I was trying to meditate. But my bedroom remains to be the noisiest place in the world. Even when there’s silence in the outside, my mind still becomes the most troubling environment. I think I may have to stick to my previous ways of relaxing as the Lotus Posture and five to ten minutes of silence are not enough to clear my thoughts. However, I’m not wiping out the possibility of me trying the technique again in the future.