Antonio Hernandez ❂ 2020

Meditation

My journey to learn about meditation has been long and with many teachers. 

I started doing Reiki around 2008 with the Reiki Master Esteban Vazquez. There I learned some techniques. in 2012 I joined a Buddhist center of the Diamond Way where I learned more and joined my first community of meditators.

My biggest journey was as an Elementary Teacher in Spain and the USA. With the years of being with kids, I started to realize how much they needed to get in touch with their emotions, listen to them, respect them and learn how to be sensitive and respect other's. We don't teach that in school so I created my own method where meditation was the key. First to calm the mind so it can see clear and second going back to moments in our lives where we felt these emotions so it's real and significative. I meditate for years with kids all ages.

Finally, I did my yoga training in India and after that, I went to a Buddhist Monastery in Thailand, called Wat Pa Tam Wua, where I lived for a month with monks meditating six hours per day. I went really deep into my practice and understood so much about how can I guide others to find their own path into this practice.

I have guided many different journeys or meditations but these three are my favourites.

 

Inner Child Meditation

Most of our problems, traumas or conflicts with ourselves come from our childhood. Some people have amazing memories they would like to remember. We all have different experiences with our past but it´s always good and healthy to have a little conversation with that child and see how they are and if there's anything they need from us.

In this guided journey we go back to some specific moments connected to our emotional memory to navigate through them and see whatever our child will show us.

After the meditation we open a circle of expression where we talk, whoever wants, what ever we need to express. This is in a safe space with no judgement or interruptions. Just compassion and love.

Inner Child Meditation

A guided meditation to contact, talk and play with our inner child...

 

Positive Meditation

In Positive Meditation we go on a journey through the experience of HIV. I developed it based on my own experience living with the virus and everything I've learned from other people living with it. First, we enter in a state of relaxation to calm the mind and be able to see and feel more clearly. After this process, we begin a conscious individual journey, guided through key moments that most of us went through.

 

Finally, after completing the meditative part, we open a circle of expression where each person decides what they want to share in a safe, private space, free of judgment or interruption. In this process, very deep awareness takes place. Emotions arise that we hid or we didn't even know we were traveling with.

 

Listening to others speak from the heart and feeling that we are not alone is very positive for people who usually go through this process with a lot of loneliness. Finally, the opportunity to speak from the heart in a space free of judgment, just listening and being present is simply magical

 

Seasons Meditation

We are part of nature. We are connected to mother earth, the sun and the elements. As they change we also do. As the temperature or the light changes we do. Have you ever wonder why nature gives us watermelons (mostly water) in summer and oranges (Vitamin C) in winter?

Each season gives us a gift if we connect and accept the processes that our bodies go through. In this meditations we connect to those energies and changes and we use them in our benefits. 

Are you ready to let go like trees do in Autumn? Do you want to blossom like flowers in Spring? Can you accept that we might save some energy in Winter and accept the darkness?

Just like the others meditations we will open a space to talk from our hearts after.

 

Meditation for Kids

Probably my favorite thing to do in the world. This is how all the previous meditations and my own emotional journey started.

 

When I was working as a school teacher. I could see how my students were lacking a lot of emotional skills. In schools we worked in many different intelligences but never in the emotional. Some teachers try but they do as if emotions are something external to them, for example, worksheets where you have to mark the kid who's sad. Isn't sadness an emotion we have all experience in some level? Why not working with ourselves so it's REAL?

I tried to find resources like guided meditations but I found the same problem in most of them; Treating the emotions as something external to us so not REAL. What could I do? I created my own method. I developed my own guided meditations for my students. Each meditation to work on an specific emotion. Right after, in a circle and with a talking talisman, anyone could express what they had felt. It was magic what happened in those circles.

I implemented it for the first time in 2015 and the results were amazing; The kids started to identify their emotions, to accept them and understand them. Then they could inside them the resources they need to manage them in an assertive way. They could express what they feel in a safe environment. They could listen to other kids opening their hearts, crying, laughing and even screaming sometimes.

 

They started to develop empathy, kindness, compassion, respect and love to some leves I  never expected. Bullying was completely over. Competition was in the past.  Making fun when someone is suffering wasn't any longer an option. We were a FAMILY. Even teachers from specials started asking me what was I doing with the kids because their behaviour changed radically. Parents were coming to me every day telling how their kids were teaching them to manage their emotions.

Since then I offer this meditations in schools to work specific emotions, situations or conflicts were communication in an assertive way is necessary. This is more or less in every situation, every day :)

 

 
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