The practice of meditation can be traced back as far as ancient civilization, and is often associated with the religion of Buddhism. Today, there are numerous meditation techniques that focus on mindfulness and conscious breathing. While most people associate meditation with spirituality, meditation as a whole is used for relaxation, quieting the mind, and reducing stress.
In guided meditations, students are taken on a meditative journey and guided by a narrator or teacher. The teacher then uses a series of instructions and cues that will help them achieve their meditative goals for that activity.
At some point in any student’s life, they must take the teaching reins and hold their own classes as well. If you’re one of these students, you’ll need to learn how to lead a meditation, and this article will show you how:
1 – Experience a guided meditation
An effective meditation is well-presented and takes into account several factors – like students’ comfort levels, the pacing of the meditation, and the length of the activity. Before you can even lead a guided meditation, you have to experience it yourself as a student.
Through experience, you’ll understand the inner workings and the components of a guided meditation. You will be able to present and teach effectively once you know what goes on and what needs to happen in a guided meditation.
2 – Make your own script
Once you have a firm understanding of the components of a guided meditation, you’ll be able to make your own script to guide your students on your meditative journey. A script will also help you keep on track and maintain focus all throughout the practice.
But making a script takes time, as you have to find what works and what doesn’t. You have to firm in dissecting your own script. Are your instructions unclear? Are your cues misplaced? Are you finding it difficult to maintain your group’s attention? All these and more can affect the way you make and dissect your script.
3 – Practice with a small group
What better way to find out if your script is effective or needs work than to practice with a small group? A small group, like your friends or co-workers, is a good starting point when you want to learn how to lead a meditation group. Your familiarity with the group that you’re working with will help get rid of the nerves and anxiety that will ruin your script and the journey itself.
Once you start developing the confidence of handling small groups, it’s time to move on to larger groups.
4 – Continue to learn
Just because you’re now able to pull off a successful guided meditation doesn’t mean you stop learning. In order to become a better teacher or leader, you have to be on a path of continuous education. You have to start on a journey to become a better version of you. These means attending retreats, taking up classes, and even go under mentoring from another teach