If you attach mindfulness and meditation benefits to the subject of what’s important to your student, then they’ll invest their attention. Demonstrating the skill is also important. This is how I do it…
I closed out 2018 doing some really cool, deep deep meditations where it was great, blissful. So then it begs the question, how do you teach this to somebody else?
1. Teach by association – connect it to something the other person loves
Find out what someone is interested in, what’s important to them, for example if they want to improve their memory, retain information, or even learn how to perform at a much higher level, meditation and mindfulness can be quite attractive.
When you connect it to something that’s important to them it creates a neurological stimulus which in turn creates a biochemical motivation.
Motivation is a set of neurochemicals that are connected together all the time which creates an urge to do things. Motivation is the way we create an urge to do things we don’t do yet and we do that by raising the value of those new things.
The research tells us that after four days of meditation that our ability to get into flow states increases by 20 to 30 per cent. And look, flow states are the holy grail, it’s what everyone is looking for.
Flow states help you maintain the highest levels of performance and output in an effortless way. Finding that effortlessness is really a connection to flow states.
Meditation is the doorway that helps you connect with flow states. Meditation is literally an invitation to connect with flow states on a regular basis.
2. Teach by demonstration
I haven’t taught my son how to meditate per se, but he sees me doing it every morning and night when I’m with him so he’s started modelling my behaviour. He does it in his own unique way, he’s not yet five years-old.
As I’m meditating he’ll come and sit and meditate with me, he’ll close his eyes and put his hands together and do his best to put on a good zen vibe – and that’s just him duplicating what he sees.
So that’s how I teach meditation or mindfulness.
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