Instagram is usually a place we find quite stressful. Bombarded by the troubles of the world, living with them as if they are right inside our front room – sometimes, it’s hard to tap out.
But last night, during a mandatory evening scroll, we noticed Lady Gaga was live and streaming herself in a meditative state.
Feeling slightly voyeuristic, we peered into her room where she was laying on her bed in complete silence. The video had an instant calming affect on both Steph and I and as we watched the thousands of comments stream through, it’s overall effect was somewhat, relaxing.
Throughout the duration of the stream, white noise could be heard in the background which largely added to the peaceful energy coming through our phones – literally. For those who don’t know about white noise – it’s incredible. It’s basically the sound of all the frequencies between 20 and 20,000 HZ being heard at one time. A bit like 20,000 different sounds of tone heard as one audible sound. It’s extremely calming and probably the main reason I gravitate to YouTube to listen to 10 hours of a hoover or hairdryer (you gotta try that).
It was really inspiring and there was something really kind and special about Lady Gaga sharing her meditation with the world. Respect levels for Gaga just grew to new heights.
With over 27,000 people watching along with us, Gaga lay still as she carefully directed her breathe in parts and occasionally spoke the words, “I am calm, I am light, I am loved. I am OK”.
For those who are yet to see Lady Gaga’s recent documentary on Netflix detailing her life on tour, she admirably shares both her vulnerability and pain from her struggles with symptoms of both her physical and mental health.
Gaga has consistently used social media to empower and inspire those of us who struggle to deal with our own mental health issues and uses it to let people know they are really not alone.
Most recently, Gaga had to cancel a show due to her persistent symptoms of Fibromyalgia, something she highlights quite often in her new documentary, and took to Instagram to explain,
I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles. Searching for years to get to the bottom of them. It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out. As I get stronger and when I feel ready, I will tell my story in more depth, and plan to take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference. I use the word “suffer” not for pity, or attention, and have been disappointed to see people online suggest that I’m being dramatic, making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring. If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m a fighter. I use the word suffer not only because trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, but because they are keeping me from living a normal life. They are also keeping me from what I love the most in the world: performing for my fans. I am looking forward to touring again soon, but I have to be with my doctors right now so I can be strong and perform for you all for the next 60 years or more. I love you so much.
At every 5 minute mark a chime would sound as Gaga worked her way through a 20 minute meditation session. Shortly after the final bell, she invited everyone to join her in exiting the meditation saying, ‘OK so when you are ready just open your eyes slowly, and notice some things are in the room”.
As she began to stir, she moved herself to face the camera and addressed the thousands of people with her in that moment and said, “I hope that you all enjoyed that as much as I did – that sort of quiet time and meditation really helps me with my mental health”.
This really got us thinking. For all the negative crap, unrealistic projections and “perfect illusions” propelling toward us, destroying our inner peace every single minute of the day… what a kind, generous and enlightening gesture for Gaga to invite everyone into her space to share a moment that, for so many, delivered 20 minutes of absolute peace and absolute calm.
In this really noisy, destructive and painful world, I actually think we have Lady Gaga to thank for taking us out of it – even if it was for just one moment of peace.