10 Easy Tips: How to Read Guided Meditations Beautifully!

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Whether for your one-on-one coaching sessions, group coaching, workshops or webinars, reading a guided meditation is a great, personal way to relax, center and ground your clients.

So to help you stay calm, enjoy and read guided meditations beautifully, read the 10 tips below!

First Tip: Before you start reading the meditation!

Many people worry—and distract themselves—thinking that they're not meditating "right". So, it's important to let your clients know that it's normal if their mind wanders during meditation!

So specifically recommend to people that they simply notice when their mind has wandered. They should not judge or criticise themselves. Once they've noticed, they should just bring their attention back to the visualisation. Also let your clients know this may need to be done repeatedly—that this is normal and it gets easier with practice!

If it helps, you could use this sample text:

"Remember that if your mind wanders, that's normal! Just notice that your mind has wandered and—without judging or criticising yourself—simply bring your attention back to the visualization. You may have to do this over and over and that's OK—it gets easier with practice."

Here are 9 More Helpful Tips for Reading Guided Meditations

  1. Your energetic state will "come through" when you speak, so be sure to take a few moments before reading the meditations to ensure you are in a calm space.
  2. Allow a couple of minutes before reading the meditation to quieten and slow down your client's experience eg. speak more slowly and calmly as you move into reading the meditation to them.
  3. Breathe slowly and deeply, into your stomach to help you remain calm.
  4. It can be helpful to let your clients hear your long breaths to model relaxation—and because they will naturally slow their breathing in response. But don't overdo it!
  5. Imagine you're speaking from deep and low in your chest.
  6. Soften, and consider deepening or lowering your voice below its normal range.
  7. Read slower than you think you need to. Take your time. Each comma and period or full-stop, is an opportunity for you to take a small pause.
  8. Take pleasure in and enjoy reading the meditations! Focus on how helpful this is to your clients instead of worrying how you sound...
  9.  Finally, afterwards, allow time for your client to gently return to the present/your coaching session.

Bonus Tip

  1. You may also wish to de-brief your clients' experience. This is a great way to solidify their experience and learning and help them connect with the benefits of meditation.
    • You could ask a question like, "What do you notice in your body right now?" or "How do you feel now, after that experience? What is different?".
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