When I suggest to a person that meditating is a simple and enjoyable way to improve learning skills, and to promote a sense of well-being, I often get this response:
‘I’ve tried meditation and it didn’t work – my mind is just too active – I just can’t stop my thinking.’
Such comments reflect the popular misconception that meditation is a means of stopping thought – and to make sure that the person doesn’t consider trying it properly, the thought usually comes with the mental picture of a monk sitting for years on end in some far-off monastery with no mod cons, and no electronic gadgets to play with – boring!
The Mind is Meant to Think
Minds think – that is what they do – without thought you have no mind. Meditation is not about stopping thought – rather it is about improving the quality of your thought by taking control of your thoughts, and directing them to places were you want them to go – instead of your thoughts being out of your control a lot of the time.
After you have meditated a few times it becomes very obvious that your mind is very busy, often with hard to control thoughts about past or future events. As a result, it is hard to maintain the concentration needed for tasks you need to do in the present, let alone more challenging tasks like good reading comprehension and study.
Much of the time our minds are caught up in a whirl wind – so much so that we can easily forget to give quality time to ourselves due to our 24/7 and always on lifestyle, not to mention the frantic attempts of advertisers and media to grab and control our attention.
Face it – the Information Age is well and truly over – we are now in the IOA – the Information Overload Age.
Why Use Guided Meditations
Having a skilled person guide you through a meditation fast tracks the process of learning to meditate because you don’t have to try – all you have to do is sit back and experience it.
Even for a long-term meditator like myself, I often find it easier to be guided through a meditation than to do it myself.
I have created an Online Course with lots of Guided Meditations. Click on the link to try some of the Guided Meditations.
Links to Some Free Guided Meditations
ABC Radio National has teamed up with some of Australia’s leading Meditation Teachers to provide a Meditation Toolkit containing manuals and seven guided meditations. Some of the meditations are suitable for children as well.
The Audios for 7 Guided Meditations are here: 7 Guided Meditations Audios
Their Meditation Manuals are here: Meditation Manuals
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