Preparing for a meditation workshop

I like to offer workshops, courses and classes that provide a very real starting point for individuals to think about how they can improve their own wellbeing. Along with straightforward and simple explanations of the ‘how’ and ‘why’, I also like to provide effective strategies for self-care and relaxation that can be practised in a variety of settings. My approach is secular and I like to keep things realistic. I draw on all of my experience as a holistic practitioner, relaxation therapist/stress management consultant and, of course, meditation teacher/practitioner. 

In my sessions, I cover three elements: a short ‘stilling’ meditation to help calm the mind, a guided body scan to relax the body, and a (silent) meditation. I like to  bring a new focus to each session that we can consider, work with and perhaps continue to think about outside of the ‘classroom’.

My primary objective throughout my classes, workshops and sessions is to ensure that you attain maximum comfort – whatever your physical circumstances happen to be. And so, finding postures in which to relax and ways in which you can realistically work will vary from individual to individual.

When you come to a session, it’s useful to bring/wear (some of) the following things:

  • layers of warm comfortable clothing
  • warm socks (particularly if you are a ‘cold feet’ person)
  • a throw, shawl or blanket (you’ll be surprised how versatile this is; I carry one everywhere)
  • a small cushion (sometimes useful to place in your lap to rest your hands on if you are doing a seated meditation or body scan, or to pop under the knees or head when you are lying down)
  • a yoga mat or even a sleeping bag to lie on (many people prefer to lie down for the body scan, but it’s very much up to you)
  • bottled water (although I always have tap water available).

Those who have meditated before or who meditate regularly may have discovered the value of a meditation stool or a traditional meditation cushion. But, for many people – experienced or otherwise – sitting on a chair or lying on the floor work perfectly well.

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After one or two classes, you will know exactly what works for you and your circumstances in terms of ‘equipment’. You will also grow to know how you can adjust any of these things to fit changing circumstances.

Daily practice at home of roughly ten minutes to ‘still the mind’ is a very worthwhile habit to get into. Mindfulness/meditation is a work in progress, and
the more you practise, the greater the benefits.

 photo © rose 2014