Meditation is a discipline of the mind. It involves stilling the mind for a period of time. It is a conscious, aware state, in the present moment, not taken up with the past or future, and with out judgement. The mind is still, completely present in the moment, and the attention is focussed.
Meditation is a skill, and like all skills requires practise to become proficient.
There are many types of meditation. Some are passive meditations, where the focus is to still the mind. More active meditations are focussed on self exploration, changing some aspect of behaviour, or improving the quality of life.
The Your Journey Guided Meditation DVD facilitates meditation, bringing the mind to stillness through a composition of music, vocal prompts and specially crafted imagery. The DVD conditions the mind to meditation. The video fast tracks what took years for the developer to achieve. The book Your Journey Home takes the use of the DVD to the next level, providing additional support and insights on meditation.
Meditation provides benefits. There has been enough research done to show that meditation at the very least stimulates a relaxation response in the body. People who meditate report a decrease in stress and increased wellbeing. But what you get out of meditation depends entirely on you and your intent. What are you looking for?
"I started meditation, looking for a process to improve the quality of my life, make changes and know myself more deeply. Meditation has done all that and more, I just love meditating. I love the clarity it brings, the deep stillness and sense of oneness. " Jennifer Sexton.
Tips for first time users of the Your Journey Guided Meditation Video:
We recommend that you get a copy of the handbook which contains instructions and insights on using the guided meditation video, but here's a few tips to get you started:
Before you play the video for the first time, have a think about what you are looking for. What do you want? Where are you going with this? Buy yourself a journal or notepad to jot down your thoughts. The journal also serves as a place to write down your experiences of meditation, the changes you witness and to keep track of your progress.
Use headphones if you have the download on your phone, tablet or if you are using your computer. Headphones are not necessary if you are playing the DVD on the television.
Play the meditation as often as you can. Several times a day, or several times a week, the frequency depends on how quickly you want to see a change.
Play the video when you are stressed, upset, angry, and emotional.
We believe meditation should be applied actively in our daily lives. With practice you can bring your mind to stillness pretty much anywhere, except when driving a car or operating dangerous machinery. In addition to the physical benefits, stillness allows you to hear and witness more in a variety of circumstances. You can pick up subtle things that you haven't before and experience new insights on your self and others. Practice meditating with the video when you go about your daily life, e.g. in a busy cafe, on the bus or train, while the children are playing around you.
What could happen during the meditation?
You may feel calm. You may become emotional. You may react to one or more of the images in the video. You may have lots of thoughts. You may become aware of physical changes eg discomfort, itchiness, restlessness. Please be aware this is just the change process. You are learning something new which your mind and body are not used to. This will pass. Be Still. Accept. Withhold any judgement or criticism. Relax, and keep going. This will pass.
Memories may come up.
Keep bringing yourself back to the video. Remember you are conditioning your mind to meditation. Learning to Be Still.
Be patient and gentle with yourself.
You may find that for a few days, you are emotional. Keep going. Watch the guided meditation as much as possible, and record your experiences.
Keep your focus on where you are going.
Parenting can be a challenge even for the calmest parent. Meditation can make a significant positive difference to your wellbeing and the way you respond to your children.
Use the guided meditations as often as you can when the children are playing around you, or while you're waiting for them to finish an activity. It doesn't matter if you stop to address a child's need. Just come back to the meditation when it's possible.
What you are doing is training your brain to be more and more still when parenting. The benefits include being able to hear and witness more, and gain insights into what's really going on with your children and your self.
Please get in touch if you have any queries or concerns.