Two Tips to Follow if You Want to Teach Meditation

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If in your exploration of the world of self-help you have discovered and experienced the profound benefits of meditation and would now like to teach this skill to others, here are some tips to follow.

Take a meditation teacher training course

Even if you are an experienced meditator, you should consider taking a meditation teacher training course before you begin running meditation classes. If you do this training, you'll explore and be shown how to teach several different meditation techniques (such as vipassana, mantra meditations, chakra-centred meditations, etc.).

This is important as, if you're like most people who meditate, you have probably only briefly dipped your toes into a few meditation styles, before settling on and sticking to one specific technique that you found suited you best. For example, if you're a visual person who finds it easy to focus on objects, rather than the breath, then you might prefer Trataka meditation (i.e. candle gazing meditation) to Anapanasati meditation (breathing-focused meditation). However, there are many people who find the latter more conducive to achieving a deep meditative state than the former.

Given this, if you want to be the best meditation teacher you can be, it's important to be well-versed in several meditation techniques so that you can offer your students options and give them the chance to find a technique that is right for them and that will, therefore, empower them to utilise meditation to improve their lives.

Record and evaluate yourself

After completing your meditation teacher training, you should record yourself doing some guided meditations and then spend time evaluating your performance. This will give you a chance to identify any small errors in your approach that you didn't notice whilst you were on the course but which might affect your ability to teach people how to meditate and use this skill as part of their self-help journey.

For example, after listening to a few recordings of your guided meditations, you might notice that the volume of your voice needs to be a bit higher or lower (as if you speak too softly, people might not be able to understand what you're saying and follow along with the meditation, but if you speak too loudly, your voice might prevent them from reaching a relaxed, meditative state) or that you need to leave longer gaps between the sentences you say, to ensure that your students have enough time to visualise what you're describing or to repeat the mantra.

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