Meditation within counselling sessions
Guided meditations within yoga practice
Buddhist meditations and breath work
Hypnotherapy creative meditation
My practice over the last 5 years has been to engage more specifically in Zen practice and the teachings of Zen Buddhism. As well as engaging in a regular sitting meditation practice, I try to attend at least one retreat per year. I have found, that a regular sitting practice has helped develop an awareness of my moment to moment experiencing. This has aided my daily living by bringing to attention what may be bothering me most, something that I may be avoiding, or something that may be important that is going unnoticed. One of the greatest benefits of a sitting practice is that I come into contact with my direct experiencing of body and mind more fully. I have found that this helps with my self-awareness and contributes to a developing sense of groundedness.
In my practice as a therapist, I work very much with the body and the felt sense by focusing on emotions and moment to moment experiencing. This way we slow down the impact of cognitive loops and repetitive, negative thoughts, that may be impeding life.
I recognise that meditation is not for everyone, however, if you wish to incorporate silent meditation into your therapy sessions please do ask about this. Clients who choose to incorporate 10 mins of silent Zen meditation at the beginning of a session have found the practice to be very grounding in bringing them into the present moment. That can really help focus the work in the immediacy of the moment. It does not follow the structure of popular mindfulness programs and therefore is completely at your pace and unique to you.
More information about ‘instructive and creative’ meditation can be found under the Hypnotherapy tab above.
Websites and organisations that may be of interest:
www.stonewaterzen.org Click here
www.manubazzano.com Click here
www.dharmaocean.org Click here
Books that may be of interest:
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunyru Suzuki
Not Always So - Shunryu Suzuki
No Mud, No Lotus - Thich Nhat Hanh
Appreciate Your Life - Taizan Maezumi Roshi
Being Zen, Bringing Meditation to Life - Ezra Bayda
Zen Questions - Taigen Dan Leighton
The Zen of Creativity - John Daido Loori