(Taken from Suryacitta's latest book on mindfulness teraching) 
“Silence is an empty space, and space is the home of the awakened mind.” 
The Buddha 
When listening to recorded guided meditations I am astounded by just how much most teachers say. Even very experienced teachers say far too much. My sense is that we have got into a cultural mindset that more is better. Well, it isn’t. It is a real shame if the opportunity we have when guiding meditations is taken up by the guide not knowing when to keep quiet. As a culture we are very uncomfortable with silence. If there is a gap, 
One of the most common mistakes I find in mindfulness teaching is that of teachers giving too much information. On our courses we always say early on that this course is not about information. As a way of saying this I often illustrate this with the use of a vinyl LP record. 
Dear all, below is a snippet from my next book for mindfulness teachers to be released later this year.  
Setting the scene — practising mindfulness for the rest of your life 
Melting Ice Cubes 
When beginning a mindfulness course, a retreat or a series of workshops I like to set the scene for the journey of mindfulness for the students. Even if it is one to one work then I still offer this or something similar as a way of looking at what we are engaged in. Below is just one way to set the scene. 
Around 10 years ago I spent a month in Nepal with Gaynor my wife trekking the Himalayas, it was a good trip. Whilst there I must have contracted some sort of virus which my body didn’t like. 
One evening whilst having a meal together I felt awful, I was sick and needed to go to the bathroom. 
I actually passed out and my wife got me back safely to our hotel. The next day there was so no sign of anything amiss. 
Mindfulness is now being taught in so many ways, in so many settings and by many different people. 
Mindfulness to me is something of beauty. Although it is not a thing, an object, to me it is still beautiful. I often use the image of a jewel to illustrate mindfulness in teaching. A jewel has many facets, you turn the jewel a fraction and there is another facet, shimmering right at you. When running a course, what we are really doing is exploring the jewel of mindfulness, and it is something we explore for the rest of our lives if we commit ourselves to it. 
I think it is important to bring out the beauty of mindfulness early on for our students. 
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