Music assisted mindfulness is a collaborative, client centered approach to coaching that engages the traveller in specific induction with the intention to relax and alter their state of consciousness so that they can release the busi-ness of the mind and can deeper their awareness to other states of being, whether it be physical, emotional, intuitive and spiritual. Through the use of pre-selected classical music listening programs, the individual/group is guided into a deeper place of knowing and connection. The music assists in that it attracts and focuses the attention, further relaxing and energizing the body. The process of music assisted mindfulness with the aid of the mindfulness coach, provides opportunities for emotional catharsis, change, increased awareness and a can be a pathway into deeper unconscious and awakening the spiritual. The relationship between the music, the imager and facilitator is active and consensual. Each session is customized to the needs of the client in the moment and overall personal/professional goals are established at the onset of the coaching agreement.
Frequently asked questions
At the onset, a overview of what to expect from session to session is provided as well as some background history and research around the methodology. Then an intake, consent form and session plans are discussed relative to moving forward with further coaching sessions. During the initial session, the client can expect to engage in a pre-talk, whereby the coach determines the best induction/relaxation technique to employ, along with a linking image and music program. Then the client will segue into the actual guided listening program with the facilitator who will ask specific exploratory question to deepen and heighten awareness, insight and extend reflection and engagement with the music program itself. During the listening component, the guide transcribes the session and at session end debriefs and engages the client in a post-talk to help integrate the images, experiences, insights and wonderings into their daily lives. The material that surfaces from session to session becomes the impetus for further discovery and the unearthing of material for awakening and reflection. Clients are encouraged to further integrate and ground their experience by either drawing or writing about what significant images, feelings, experiences, memories and awareness arose over the course of the listening component of the coaching session. Clients are then encouraged to take away their mandala drawings and transcripts to engage in further personal reflection and exploration as their part of their personal work and mental/emotional exercise in establishing insight/mindsight.
Some EAP and insurance plans may cover alternative health, coaching or registered social work. Each plan is different and I would suggest that if mindfulness coaching is something you want and intent to pursue that you explore this coverage with your company’s insurance and Employee Assistance Programs to determine eligibility. Be mindful that only a percentage may be covered and that there are typically limitations as to the coverage provided.