Excited to tell others about meditation? It’s easy to turn people off quickly if you don’t do it right. Much of the population is often misinformed about what meditation is, but the general understanding of it is improving these days.
Here’s a great infographic from Mindful about 7 tips for how to talk about meditation. Here’s the short version:
- Don’t force it on anyone. Appearing overexcited can be annoying!
- It’s not about stopping your thinking or clearing your mind.
- It’s not just another thing to fit into your day.
- It can be hard, but not too hard.
- If you can tell the person is interested, listen and find out why. It’s better than coming across all preachy.
- Remind them that it can help the nattering in your mind (the ‘monkey mind’)
- Say ‘here’s what I know about it and what it’s done for me’.
And here’s another tip that I think is very important: Keep your ego in check, which means remembering not speak as if you are better than someone else who doesn’t meditate.
If you’ve spoken to many people about meditation, you know there are lots of opinions and levels of interest about it. Speaking from a place of authenticity and with humility is the best way to capture people’s interest if they are curious about it.
If they are interested but apprehensive about attending a class, suggest that they may want to start with guided audio meditation recordings. There are lots of good online sites. A resource is my meditation recordings.
Wishing you a peaceful day,