Updated: Oct 24, 2020
Counselling and meditation go together like peace and love.
In counselling you learn to help clients using anchoring techniques. You also use breathing exercises.
You try to help the client understand, they have the power to change their life and their negative thought patterns.
This can be very difficult at first because the client often feels they have a particular problem that is causing them mental suffering.(and sometimes physical suffering)
As a counsellor it our job to explain in the nicest way possible, that maybe the way they are thinking about a situation is incorrect.
Sometimes we challenge their thoughts and beliefs especially if those thoughts and beliefs are causing mental suffering such as depression and anxiety.
The client then has to put the work in to undo the thoughts and beliefs that have caused the mental suffering.
This is where meditation comes in. The counsellor may not call it meditation but it will be some sort of exercise that helps calm the clients mind and perhaps undoes their thoughts, feelings and beliefs that have caused them suffering in the first place.
This exercise the counsellor uses will of originated from meditation and adapted slightly to fit in with western culture.
Counselling would not work on any level without practical exercises that improve the clients state of mind.
It requires training to undo fearful thought patterns.
Through study and experience over the last 20 years, i found the quickest and most successful way to improve mental suffering such as anxiety and depression is Meditation.
I am going to share with you now a technique that is used to calm the mind, and at the same time, focus the mind.
This is one of the best ways to prevent anxiety and depression. It also improves concentration, reduces unwanted overthinking and can help you achieve a balanced and peaceful life. It will increase energy levels and improve your sleep.
You may not believe all of the above as it seems too good to be true, but the only way to find out, is try it for yourself and see what happens. You will need to practice for 5 minutes once a day for at least a month. But if you practice for a month, I have no doubt it will become something you carry on with for the rest of your life.
A Brief History on the Meditation
Over 2500 years ago a man called Siddhartha Gautama (or Buddha) asked his monks to go into a forrest and practice ANAPANASATI pronounced An-a-pan-a-sah-tee which translates into 'mindfulness of breathing' The instructions for the technique can be found in Anapansati Sutta written in 6th Century BC. The monks were told to sit under a tree and mindfully observe how the breath flows through the body. It sounds so simple but it is so powerful once practiced daily.
Sit in a comfortable position with your back upright. Make sure you are in a peaceful place that does not have too many distractions such as loud sounds or changing lights. Do not have the room to bright or to0 dark
Place your hands on your knee palms face down. Make sure you feel comfortable
You need to feel calm before you begin so I suggest you count your out breathes four times. Breathe in, Breathe out, counting one on your exhalation, repeat until you have reached four exhalations.
Mindful Breathing. Notice your in and out breathe (place all your focus and attention on it) , feel the breath go around your body. Carry on for 5 minutes
At first you will find it difficult to focus your attention only on your breath. The mind will want to wander off into thought streams. Do not get frustrated, internally smile and bring your focus back to the breath.
This one meditation will improve your state of mind almost immediately. After a week you will find it easier to focus,
You are training the mind and the more you practice the better it gets.
You will start to reap the benefits of a mind that is peaceful and calm.
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