From there, we chatted about haiku, about the way in which our senses affect perception. We then slowly walked outside using some simple walking meditation techniques. Youth were asked to simply quiet racing minds and become part of the environment.
We headed back to the workshop room and did two quick free writes. Finally, they were asked to compose a poem using the conventions of haiku.
It was a great reminder for me that the tools of meditation, observation, and poetry are universal. And not only that, they can be integrated into our every day lives. They do not need to live in some precious time or space. Rather, sitting in a colorless conference room with only a single window and five minutes of quiet can unearth profound wisdom.