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Meditation, Relaxation

The Difference Between Meditation and Guided Meditation

The big difference between meditation and guided meditation. Or more specifically the different between most traditional meditation techniques and guided visualisation.

Guided Meditation also regarded as Guided Visualisation is very much the use of guided imagery to help guide the listener into usually a deeply relaxed state. The narrator; teacher or therapist who is guiding the meditation uses imagery, sounds, textures, scents and feelings to help support the listener; client or student into a safe space.

Guided Visualisation uses memory and autosuggestion to help anchor the mind into a story, a fantasy, a dream…The therapist usually guides the client or student into a relaxed or therapeutic state.

Where more traditional based meditation skills are based on accessing peace, calm and tranquillity through presence and awareness. Helping us to detach from our thoughts, our stories, our beliefs. It helps gives us space from the cluttered or monkey mind. More traditional meditation styles like breath meditation gives clients and students a life skill that the can apply very easily into their everyday lives.

Once a student has practiced an effective meditation technique it is much easier for them to access the peace, the stillness that is always there. It may at times appear hidden from our present view but calm and peace are always accessible within us.

I teach many different types of relaxation therapy and meditation, in-fact I train therapists in this area to be Certificated- Relaxation Therapists. Both guided visualization and meditation are highly effective relaxation tools and are used for different reasons.

But in my experience, as a teacher of these skills for more than 18 years. I have found more traditional based styles of meditation, give the student far more power in the long-term and in their day to day life. These tools provide the student the ability to access peace, stillness in their everyday life, whenever they want or need.

If you are going to a meditation class, ask what style of meditation you will learn and what will be the main benefits?

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Why Meditation is more than Mindfulness

Mindfulness based Stress Reduction Programs are the latest fad in meditation and stress management, so much so that many organisations think mindfulness is the only and main principle form of meditation.

meditation more than mindfulnessMindfulness based stress reduction programs based on the work of Jon Kabat Zinn are adapted teachings based around one aspect of meditation in buddhism, the art of mindfulness. And like many things the original teachings become a little distorted.

But in so many way meditation is so much more and so much less, any effective meditation technique will open the door into awareness, help you to be in the moment, right in the here and now. Into a state of observation where you can witness, access and experience more peace, more stillness. But there is so many ways you can do this, we are so lucky to have access to so many meditation tools and other techniques that help us access that stillness, inner peace and direct connection with the self. That so few people today get to experience on a day to day basis.

Mindfulness is a great way to teach people the act of focus on one thing at a time, to live our life moment to moment but a lot of modern day mindfulness teachers are focusing too much on the mindful act rather than an almost mindless awareness. It is the hold over our mind, our beliefs, our thoughts, our worries, our anxieties that hold us in a state of anxiety, fear and stress. Most traditional meditation acts of meditation help us let go of our distorted thoughts and help us access instantly the stillness, the peace that is present in everything and in the nothingness.

I began studying meditation 25 years ago whilst chronically ill in my teens, since then I have studied various styles of meditation and other techniques including Quantum Entrainment which helps you access an instant stillness and peace, that is normally only achieved with dedicated, disciplined practices of meditation. One of my most popular techniques I have ever taught with young and old was my 5 Minute Meditation, a Qi Qong style of meditation that I adapted originally to teach to teenagers. Most people who try this technique are very surprised the benefits the feel so quickly, as it takes just over 4 months.  Very quickly I began to teach it to executives, carers and so many people who said they couldn’t meditate. And for the last 4 years I have been teaching these and may other stress management techniques to professional coaches, healers and therapists. As a healer, therapist, coach and teacher I recognised very early on in my own journey how important we give the client or student back their own power and connection with the self.

Meditation can be so much more and yet be so much less than most people’s understanding of mindfulness.

 

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