At 8:08am on Wednesday 1 April 2020, during the UK lockdown, meditation teacher Lucy Stone went live on her Facebook page, Meditation Rocks and led an eight-minute guided meditation. She had no clue whether there would be one person or twenty people joining her.
After a few weeks there were up to 40 people connecting from all over the world each day for the live eight-minute session. Sixty videos and thousands of replays later, on Friday 29th May, as lockdown began to ease, Lucy decided to take a break and broadcast her last daily meditation, for a while.
A few hours later she had a call from a hospital intensive care to say her mother had suffered a heart attack and later that day she tragically passed away. Lucy was thrown into a world of grief and turmoil. Anyone who has lost anyone, especially during these strange times knows that what is already heart-breaking and difficult, becomes unimaginable.
Leaving behind an incredible archive of over sixty videos on the Meditation Rocks Facebook page for the new community of hundreds who had been meditating daily, weeks later people started to give feedback that once the live videos stopped, they were not feeling so encouraged to meditate daily.
The seed of an idea was planted. Lucy decided to re-launch Meditation Rocks as a website offering live and on-demand daily meditations. Subscribers access three live meditation sessions and two exclusive on-demand pre-recorded meditations each week, to build on a monthly theme. The live meditations take place in (a virtual) Room 808 (powered by Zoom). Leaving two days off to practice any meditation they choose.
We have now also launched the School of Meditation Rocks which is a subscription service for schools offering innovative and creative ways to weave mindfulness and meditation into the primary school day, everyday.
Lucy has practised meditation for over 20 years. A qualified mindfulness meditation teacher after training in India and with the British School of Meditation, Lucy is passionate about promoting the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness and meditation to as many people as possible, whatever their age or background.
Lucy is one of the UK’s leading experts in making meditation accessible to all, having taught tens of thousands of adults and children in schools, workplaces and in the studio over the past five years, and recently launched Meditation Rocks during lockdown after going live every morning on Facebook with an eight minute meditation. After attracting hundreds of followers and thousands of views on her videos, Lucy has now launched Meditation Rocks as a subscription based offering.
Lucy has worked as a consultant to BBC Studios advising on yoga and meditation for TV shows, including writing scripts for Alexander Armstrong to voice for the Cbeebies show, Hey Duggee. She has recently written for The Guardian and The Independent on the subject of meditation. She co-founded The Hive Yoga Studio in Bath which is currently also running online as The Hive Live streaming classes to thousands of participants joining from all over the world.
A former BBC journalist and presenter, Lucy used meditation during breaks from presenting on air to manage her panic attacks and anxiety. Using the phrase “Be Right Back” with dual meaning of what she used to say on air, but also how meditation makes her feel; more in touch with her life, happier and healthier. Mum to 12 year old Freddie, and 6 month Cocker Spaniel puppy Barney - who sometimes feature in the videos!
Maisy is a recent graduate from Bournemouth University, having received a first class honours in Media Production. Whilst at university, Maisy worked on documentaries, short films, audio pieces and developed a love for animation and illustration. Outside of university Maisy has worked with Close Range Films, LoveLove Films, Sonic State, BBC Introducing and the BFI Film Academy. Now, Maisy works as Meditation Rocks administrator and content creator. So, when you're watching one of our videos, liking a post on Instagram or downloading one of our school worksheets - Maisy made it all!