Non-visual alternatives to meditation?

We’ve heard of a few cases now where people discover they have aphantasia because of a meditation class. It might be worth reading Anne’s story of discovery and how the meditation instructor subtly and artfully acknowledged differences in thinking. One strategy could be to have more instructors simply acknowledge differences in thinking (that some will see images, and others only words/thoughts) rather than finding non-visual alternatives. That said, it came to our attention that some aphantasics would be interested in meditative YouTube videos and/or audio files that don’t focus on visualization. Does anyone know of any non-visually-guided meditations? Posted inspired by this Twitter thread.

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What alternative learning strategies do you use?

There’s so much we have yet to discover about what it means to "learn with aphantasia." Fascinated by this post from 2016, which makes the case for why leaners with aphantasia are likely to experience difficulties with learning; “as mental imagery seems to be especially important for reading comprehension and learning word meanings, and according to at least one theory, is a cornerstone for literacy.” To contrast, this post from 2019 states that while a learner’s ability to create images in their mind is linked to various improvements in learning, the absence of this ability may lead to alternative strategies that enhance rather than hinder learning. What’s been your experience with learning something new? What alternative strategies have you tried when acquiring a new skill such as reading or writing? What’s worked? What hasn’t worked? Why?

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