In order to be the very best help to their clients/patients, anyone in the field of healing arts needs to have a strong meditation practice. This type of work asks you to be as present and receptive as possible. A consistent meditation practice provides this foundation to be available and connected.
There is a misnomer about meditation, that it is about cultivating the capacity to clear the mind. As a beginner or intermediate practitioner, it is more important to cultivate the focus of one’s attention. Where we direct our mind is where our attention goes. The simplest method to do this is through our sensory system.
Mindful movement is largely accessible to most people. When we focus our attention on the sensations of movement, we are tapping into the limbic system. Our limbic system processes information about our environment. There are both conscious and felt sense inputs as well as non-conscious and non-felt sense inputs available to us.
Perhaps you have heard the term “use soft eyes” when working with clients. This is directing the mind to utilize the information that our peripheral vision is collecting. When we engage with our peripheral vision, our limbic system processes information in a very different way than with our foveal vision. The format of the 108 minute meditation practice that I share during my Walking Meditation Master Class will not only help you to increase your awareness and cultivate your capacity to direct your mind through the use of “soft eyes”, this practice will also help you become a better therapist.
Joseph is the Founder and Chief Development Engineer at DNA-Assessment.com