Reflections on Mindfuness Training.
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I've had a lot of feedback, including that some people want more 'method' and 'practice', even though this is what we mostly do. For example, in most Qigong, Tai Chi classes, and yoga classes, there is little talking or discussion - virtually none - except the teacher's instructions.
My attempt in the Mindfulness training, is to base the material on each participants own experience, and gauge everything on the learner's understanding - i.e. to make the class very 'learner-centered' and not at all 'teacher-centered'. Of course, this can be scary to some people, as they can't just sit back, and be passive, and do nothing - but need to participate in some way, and engage with the material. Of course, this requires a level of effort and practice - that not everyone wants to make, or sustain.
It would be nice if I was some kind of 'magical healer' and the learner had to do nothing, except receive. This is a common characteristic of Qigong teachers, especially the more famous and charismatic ones - and an ethos they actually encourage - yet the result is a teacher-centered class, revolving around the energy and personality of the teacher. Something I try to avoid. Even though people try to project the role of 'healer' onto me in my work as an Osteopath.
I shall look carefully at the course description, and see if it gives an accurate sense of this. It does, for example, say that homework, about 20 or 30 mins per day, to practice the meditations, etc is expected on the course. Few people do this. Not unusual. The course description is that everything is very 'laid-back' and relaxed - yet in a subtle way, people do need to engage with the material and make it their own. Yes, I know that I need to be 'inspiring' and have some 'charisma' and teaching 'presence', and I can do this - yet I am only presenting tools and methods for personal practice, for self-directed learning.
I shall continue to reflect and refine the course.
Let's see what happens