When I was a kid, I loved Fridays.
The teachers were exhausted, the kids were restless and ready for the weekend, but there was always a little compromise, a little respite from the doldrums of school that day: Movies.
Sometimes educational, sometimes merely entertaining, and, actually, occasionally inspiring. I remember watching the movie Contact in 8th grade science class, probably on a Friday, and being enraptured by the way it made me think Big. Good science fiction is really just philosophy, although I didn’t know what “philosophy” was at the time. I just knew that the film changed me in some small way.
I remember the dreamy feel of having the classroom lights off in the middle of the day. The old TV flickering blue across the room, kids relaxed in those solid chairs, even the teacher, sitting soft and dignified at her desk, grading papers.
Somewhere in the back a few girls chatting, and no doubt everyone’s mind excited for the weekend…
In that spirit, here is a little video for your Friday. It’s more on the educational side, but it’s also a cartoon, so it can’t be that bad.
It’s called Meditation 101: A Beginner’s Guide, produced by Dan Harris and the website Happify.