Do we really need a coach for meditation? We asked our expert & this is what she said!
I believe everyone inherently holds the ability to meditate. But there can be some cases where some sort of coaching (or a guiding hand) can be helpful.
Modern lifestyles have removed so many of us from our natural state of being. As a result, this natural form of wellbeing is less easily open to us. Also, our ego and sense of self are deeply entrenched. This makes it hard to overcome them with just an app or video.
This is the reason, self-practice can lead to frustration. One also gets the feeling that the ‘meditative state’ is only possible for the select few. This is when coaching can be really helpful.
Endless opportunities for meditation
We are lucky to have endless opportunities and ways to learn meditation. The abundance of styles and types of meditations available makes it easy to experience it.
Browse YouTube and you’ll find a plethora of free ‘guided meditation videos.’ In addition to that, there are copious meditation apps for download. For many this guidance is enough to set them firmly down the meditation path. For others it is not so easy.
Discovering the joys of meditation
If you want to jump in at the deep end, Vipassana (a 10 day silent retreat) offers a great way to help your body and mind remember the benefits of meditation. I do not know anyone that has completed the retreat without discovering the joy and power that meditation holds.
If you want a more gentle introduction, but have difficulty meditating, I would recommend Reiki, healing, or vibrational treatments such as sound meditation.
Overcoming obstacles to meditation
It is worth noting that during meditation, our bodies natural vibration level rises. This helps us to become less ‘bogged down’ by the ups and downs of life and less susceptible to illness.
When I first began teaching I discovered that many struggled to reach a ‘meditative state.’
This higher vibration is something that can be passed on. This can happen sometimes when we find ourselves in the company of certain people/ teachers / gurus who help us to feel better just by being in their presence.
In the case of my students and patients, I noticed that after a few repeat treatments of voice and tonal work, this journey became quicker. Their energetic bodies rediscovered the required state and suddenly meditation became easier.
Good coaching is the key to unlock the ‘meditative’ experience
A good meditation coach passes on not only their intellectual understanding, but also their energetic vibrational understanding of meditation.
The value of this cannot be overstated and so, it is worthwhile seeking out people that you can learn from in this way. This would be beneficial even if it is just on an ad hoc basis as and when you feel the need.
A regular coach can also be invaluable in helping to make meditation a firm part of your wellbeing practice, in the same way people often employ a fitness coach.
Motivation to meditate
It’s easier to motivate ourselves once the body understands it’s a good thing. Until that time, we rely on someone else to keep us motivated. That initial support is very important. Without it, the early stages of learning can be excruciating. This is because the ego finds every excuse possible to avoid the practice.
Meditation offers an opening into a beautiful inward journey that promises wellbeing, expansion, awareness, understanding and more.
If a coach or teacher can help you to discover the journey, then it is makes sense to have one.
Meditation as a way of life
At the same time, it’s good to remember that meditation is a practice of and for life. It can be practiced by anyone, at any time, in any place. I would encourage everyone to do so and discover the incredible results.
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