15045Re: Meditation in the class
- Aug 23, 2006--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, john whitten
>performance with my 8th grade class. After investigating the
> I am interested in using meditation to improve focus, behaviour, and
meditation techniques I have a question: where can I find the the
position, breathing pattern, physical relaxing technique, and
emptying of mental and emotional reactivity methods that are
referrred to to prepare for several of the techniques? Please help.
Thanks, John whitten
What a small universe this is. We taught dozens of our
classes in an 8th grade classroom for the Haverford
Adult Education Program. I think the average 8th grade
classroom is a very challanging environment to teach
meditation in, but also one of the most needed fro sharing
this ancient knowledge. The vibes of decades of boredom,
fear of flunking, general teen angst, etc, are heavy in
the air, but thus so is the need to present an antedote.
Anyway, we would start each class by having the students
get as comfortable as they could in whatever position
they preferred, close their eyes, and then guide them in
tensing and then relaxing their body, part by part, from
their toes to their scalp. BTW, There is a 17 or so minute
version of this on our Guided Meditation CD. I'll be glad
to send you a copy if you email me a mailing address, but
you'll have to wait until I return from Arkansas where I'll
be visiting my son and daughter-in-law for the next 9 days.
In class, we usually did a 5 minute or so version of this.
This also extrapolated into their learning just where they
keep their tension, and then in "real life" be able to do
spot checks throughout the day and just by focusing on their
tension areas, be able to have all their tension release.
For instance, if you usually keep tension in they shoulders,
just by relaxing them, eventually your body (and emotions
and mind) will relaxe simultaneously.
OK - back to the class...After they are relaxed, and this
simple technique will do it well, guide them in commanding
their bodies to not fidgit, itch, ache, or in any way
distract them from focusing on their meditation. Similarly,
guide them in directing their emotions to not get too
blissed out, too upset, or in any way bringing your focus
away from the meditation. And then help them command their
mind to not chatter in any way --- no judging, no comparing,
no commenting at all in any way that takes the focus of away
from the object of the meditation. And let them know that if
they do witness them selves lose focus to resist chastising
themselves (IE: telling them selves things like "You're no
good", or "You'll never be able to meditate", or anything
similar that is also taking them away from focusing on their
meditation), and to just say to their self "Oh well!" and
go back to the meditation. And that will well open the door
for their concentration to flow nicely and meditation and
contemplation to occur. Oh yeah, we used to have just one
rule, and that was that you were allowed to fall asleep, but
now we need to also make sure all cell phones and pagers are
turned off. I hope this is helpful and wish you well.
Peace and blessings,
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