The Art Of Zen: Tyler residents open their home to meditation

Published on Friday, 16 May 2014 22:40 - Written by Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

After battling a six-month depression brought on by the end of a serious relationship in 2012, Tyler resident Jason Reagan spent 10 days in silence at an East Texas meditation center.

At the end of the 10 days, Reagan was happier than he’d ever been in his life, he said.

Reagan and his roommate, Mark Stewart, were inspired to turn their house into what they call “Zen Station: A Holistic Haven” so others can experience the same peace they practice. The two hope that their house will serve as a donations-based community center.

Meditation has a long history, mostly tied with Hinduism and Buddhism, but anyone who is interested in the benefits can come to the house at 2417 S. Kennedy Drive, the roommates said.

Reagan and Stewart hope to partner with experts in the community to offer services such as meditation, yoga, hypnotherapy, nutrition seminars, and a community garden. They have been slowly repainting, redecorating and planting a garden in the back yard.

The two also hope to host potluck dinners and dance parties. They hope to exhibit art from local artists as well.

“The very essence of this is creative energy and stuff that’s fun,” Stewart said. “You can get into that headspace without substances.”

On Wednesday nights, Trent Golden leads a session on Emotional Freedom Techniques.

During one session earlier this month, Golden led a group through the practice of “tapping,” which is described as acupuncture without the needles, using fingertips to literally tap on key points on the face and body. At the same time, Golden leads the group in key phrases, such as “Even though I am afraid, I still love, honor and accept myself.” It’s part modern psychology, part 5,000-year-old Chinese practice.

The Emotional Freedom Techniques group meets at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, and anyone is welcome. For more information on what will be offered in the house, visit Facebook.com and search “Zen Station: A Holistic Haven.”