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Non-visual alternatives to meditation?

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Jennifer McDougallJennifer McDougall Staff asked 2 months ago

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.

1 Answers
Alessandro MuraroAlessandro Muraro answered 2 months ago

I think the best tip is to just follow your breath and fixate on it.

In any case, even if you still have the monologue, you are making the effort and still meditating, just like you are still doing yoga even if your posture is not perfect like in a book.

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