If this appeals to you then, as a paying client, we can work it into the hourly sessions. Many of my clients like to either finish or start with a guided meditation - they take about 10 minutes.
A 'live' guided meditation can be far more effective than listening to recorded meditations via Apps, using mantras or focusing on your breathing. Massaging your own shoulders may have some positive effects, but it can't compare with paying for a massage from a trained masseur. In the words of one customer:
"This is different; you never feel you're in that place of stillness listening to Apps - here there is a serene calmness I can't get to on my own, afterwards I feel energised and more at peace".
I will slowly and gently talk you down into a deep relaxed meditative state that thoughts and sense perceptions can not taint. Once there, I will help you experience that peace and calmness and introduce longer silences. We will rest there for a while, then I will talk you back up into the normal waking state and we can spend a little time discussing your experience - what you liked, what worked and what you would like more of.
There's something about connecting through the spoken word in 'real time' that brings a lucidity, profundity, electricity and aliveness to the meditation.
I will take you deep within yourself, a space the Taoists call Zhenren (genuine person / authentic person / perfected person).
This space lives at your core and isn't touched by your socialisation or conditioning; its the source of all manifestations, yet separate from them.
This source is 'what' you are. 'Who' you are is your conditioned Self that's been created over time.
'What' you are doesn't need fulfilling or adding to; it is perfect and complete, needing nothing from the world of forms.
This source is at the core of all beings. The aim of the guided meditation is to enable you to drop into that source and to sense the unlimited potential within.
The meditative journey will be about 'being' not 'doing'; allowing the source to flow through you and lead to right thought and right action in your daily life.
Experiencing this deep meditative state and feeling at home there, you will transcend your restricted, limited and fearful Self and become the Zhenren - the genuine person acting from pure presence.
From that place you will live more in the silent mind - you can't falter, you can't make a false move:
"The Master acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything. Things arise and he lets them come; things disappear and he lets them go. He has but doesn't possess, acts but doesn't expect. When his work is done, he forgets it. That is why it lasts forever." (Tao Te Ching, verse 2)
What is the meditation process?
All you need to do is sit comfortably, close your eyes and listen to my voice.
What training / experience do you have in guided meditation?
In late 2019 I was working at a hospice and attended a mindfulness workshop that included a session on guided meditation. We split into pairs and practiced on each other. My training partner told me how during my guided meditation she went to a place that was 'other worldly' and so deeply relaxing that she returned with renewed energy and peacefulness.
This was my first attempt at guiding someone into a deep meditative state and it was practiced in a room shared with a dozen people all doing the workshop, so there was a lot of background noise. I realised then that I had a natural ability. Since then my technique has improved to the point where I now introduce guided meditation when it feels appropriate and have had nothing but positive feedback from private clients and students alike.
Will I be asked to visualise specific scenes or colours?
No. I will count you down by focusing on relaxing your body from head to toe. Any visualisations you may have will be your own.
Is this hypnotherapy?
No. This is not hypnotherapy and I'm not a hypnotherapist.
How is the meditation personal to me?
The fact that its a live meditation means that we have a deep connection in the preset moment and as such it can't be anything other than personal. Also, I don't read from a script - I guide you in the flow of the present moment.
What if I fall asleep?
This hasn't happened yet, but there's always a first time I guess.