WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Chairs are available for you to sit in. You may wish to bring a cushion to help keep your back straight as you sit and, if you would find it comforting, a blanket or shawl to cover yourself with. If you would prefer to use a meditation cushion or bench, you are welcome to bring one, but there is no obligation to do so. It may be possible to bring a mat upon which to lie down, but this is dependent on space at the venue. Please check with me beforehand if you wish to do this.
It’s a good idea to bring some water with you.
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE THE MEDITATION?
Wear loose clothing and avoid having a heavy meal and alcohol beforehand.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the advertised start time to give yourself a chance to get comfortable. In order not to disturb other participants, latecomers cannot be admitted.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE MEDITATION?
Recognising that one hour is a long time for beginners to concentrate, we break the session up into periods of listening to music, song and story and short periods of guided meditation and silent meditation. You could think of the whole session as a gentle listening meditation, with some parts more actively meditative than others.
All sessions are unique, but generally, in an hour’s session, we would start with an introduction to the background to the Celtic Harp Meditation and to the theme of the day. There is usually music, song and storytelling at this time. Then, I would talk you through a short relaxation ready for the guided meditation proper. Here, we follow the original Irish Immrama stories and journey to mythical islands and across expanses of water; as we journey, you are invited to follow along with short guided meditations and to allow yourself to receive whatever you need during the short sound healing sequence and subsequent silence. I will then bring you back with a grounding meditation and possibly play some further music.
At no point are you expected to do anything and there’s nothing to get wrong. It doesn’t matter if your mind wanders or you don’t feel you are experiencing anything during the guided meditation or sound healing sections. Just come with an open mind and heart and see what happens.
ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS?
If you are currently subject to any kind of mental disorder, or are taking consciousness-changing drugs, then the group Celtic Harp Meditation is not suitable for you. If this applies to you, but you would like to work with sound or the harp in some way, please contact me, as there are safe and gentle individual sound treatments that would be more appropriate.
WHAT ARE YOUR CREDENTIALS?
I am fully qualified and insured to practice as a meditation teacher and sound healer.
I’M NEW TO MEDITATION. CAN I STILL COME?
A resounding yes! The Celtic Harp Meditation was created for people who are new to meditation. The music and guided imagery are intended to act as a focus for your awareness and, as beginners may have difficulty concentrating for any length of time, we deliberately don’t stay for too long on any one section.
GREAT. HAVE YOU GOT ANY ADVICE FOR ME?
Meditation is not complicated, but neither is it easy. Like everything, it takes practice. Be kind to yourself as you begin and keep going, even when you seem to be making little progress.
If you are having difficulty with visualisation in guided meditation, don’t “try” to visualise the image: just consider the object or being that you want to visualise and recollect experiences you have had associated with it in the past. Remember, not all people “see”. Some experience sensation, sound or abstract thoughts and feelings. If nothing at all come to you during guided meditation, do not worry; you can make up something or “pretend” you’re having the experience of the guided meditation until images and/or sensations come freely.
When practising meditation, there is no need to discard or repress any experiences which arise. According to Swami Satyananda Saraswati, we should observe, analyse and respect whatever thoughts or experiences come into the mind – the trick is just to allow them to be without becoming caught up in them.
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
Be aware that meditation can take us into uncharted regions of the self, opening up old wounds and bringing difficult, painful things into the light. In addition, phobias of the dark and claustrophobia can be accidentally triggered in meditation sessions. If any of this happens to you, feel free to open your eyes, or remove yourself from the room, as you need. It may help to look at experiences like this as a nudge from your subconscious that there is something for you to look at, either in your own way or with professional support.
I’M AN EXPERIENCED MEDITATOR. CAN I STILL COME?
Of course you can. The Celtic Harp Meditation can be experienced on deepening levels of subtlety.
HOW CAN I BOOK?
To buy tickets online, just follow the Book Tickets link on the Celtic Harp Meditation page or on the individual event page. You will not be charged an additional booking fee. Alternatively, to reserve your place and pay on the evening, email email@example.com or call 01494 440356.
MY QUESTION IS UNANSWERED
If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch and ask.