Historically, and from the view point of tradition, meditation was not taught as a standalone technique, but as a practice within the context of a spiritual or religious tradition such as Buddhism for example.
Meditation began to spread to Western Society and gained popularity in the mid-20th century. It was in the 1960s and 1970s that researchers began to be interested in the effects of meditation and started to learn about its many benefits.
Today, meditation is more and more recognized as a valid and effective stress management tool. Studies have found many health problems related to stress and stress seems to worsen, or increase, the risk of conditions such as ‘heart disease, diabetes, depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma’ (Center for Studies on Human Stress – CSHS )
Stress has become a persistent factor in many people’s lives and as Meditation Circle Facilitators and Meditation Teachers we can become part of the movement in helping people De-stress in meaningful and effective ways. You will be able to address your client's/student's questions and obstacles such as:
How can I meditate if I don't have time?
I am too impatient to meditate
I know it would be good for me but I can't bring myself to do it
My mind is too busy, I can't meditate
How does meditation help with stress - and why?
I can't sit still - so I can't meditate
What do I do with difficult emotions that come up during meditation
What is the matter with me - everyone but me seems to be able to do this?
I don't like to be told to relax or be calm....!
I need to move - how do I meditate with movement?
I hold my breath a lot....how do I avoid doing this?
How can I include meditation in my pain management protocol?
I would love to meditate with a group but I have the tendency to fall asleep during meditation - it's embarrassing - so I won't go.
What are the differences between meditation techniques?
These are only some of the many questions and obstacles you will be able to work through with your students and clients.
The training provided at Womyn's Path of Healing is designed to teach you everything you need to know about mindfulness and meditation, so you can confidently teach it to anyone who wants to learn.
All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical and/or psychological treatment and advice. If you have questions about your health or if you are concerned about your health please consult with a licensed medical health professional.