This centre offers free English, Arabic and Hindi meditation classes so you can learn to still your mind and enter a state of consciousness. It aims to promote relaxation, build self-knowledge and develop traits such as compassion.
Step by step
I find all the entrance doors sitting ajar with adjacent shoe racks full of footwear. Yet, eerily, there isn’t a soul in sight. I call out a few times before a woman dressed all in white appears. She guides me to a darkened room, staying silent. Inside are rows of chairs, facing a small stage, but no people. The lady soon departs and leaves me listening to a CD of guided meditation, a soothing woman’s voice uttering platitudes about releasing fear. Towards the end of the session, and following a few minutes of listening to a skipping CD, a man slides in the door behind me. I hold out for a few more minutes until my half-hour is up and the soundtrack devolves into a banal woodwind number. I hastily retreat.
The situation was vaguely reminiscent of a horror movie with comedic undertones. While I wouldn’t rule out trying one of the centre’s more organised courses in future with a friend, I won’t be sending anyone to a drop-in session.
The centre is vast and well-equipped for eager patrons.
I leave feeling more stressed than when I came.
Free (value by donation). Villa 530, Road 3513, Block 335, Umm Al Hassam (17 712 545).