Whether you are dreaming about sharing your meditations with the world or simply interested in my personal process, these are my top 3 tips from behind the scenes.
With over 10 years of experience as a meditation teacher under my belt, in the Spring of 2016 I published my first online meditation "A Kabbalistic Heart Opening Meditation" online using the Insight Timer Meditation App. Since then, I have organically grown a following on the Insight Timer App of over 10,000 users. The experience with this process has been INVALUABLE - so much infact that I plan to write future blogs filled with Insight Timer content creation tips.
The story begins with a student of mine from The Kabbalah Centre who was regularly joining my meditation classes and at the same time using the Insight Timer App to meditate on her own at home. This was how we discovered that ANY meditation teachers, spiritual teachers, and musicians can self publish on Insight Timer, and gain access to their online spiritual community of 10 million users!
My student was uber excited about Insight Timer and volunteered to help publish my meditations on the app. She did all the initial submissions and within a few days, my meditations were live and thousands and thousands of users from all around the world were listening, reviewing, sharing and enjoying them!
My meditations published on Insight Timer are recordings from live classes I teach and now they are available for millions of people to access.
Since we began with Insight Timer in the Spring of 2016, we have since live streamed via The Kabbalah Centre Live Learning to tens of thousands participants for online meditations & healing circle experiences as well as hundreds of personal guided 1-1 online meditation sessions.
These 3 Secrets below come from my experience coupled with massive research of countless meditation apps and online meditation platforms.
Here you go...
#1 Just Do It!
Whether its filming meditation sessions for YouTube, scripting / recording a meditation course for Insight Timer, live streaming meditations on Facebook, launching a course on Udemy, or applying to become a Simple Habit meditation expert - my mantra has been to simply JUST DO IT! There may be a good deal of resistance that pops up- feelings of fear, incompetency, insecurity, unworthiness - I can vouch for it. I still find myself time and time again wrestling against unseen forces telling me all these things and more! My best advice to overcome the voice of your inner "opponent," ask for help.
Find a supportive friend, mentor, guide, partner, husband basically anyone who cares deeply for you and your passion for sharing your inner light!
During my process of sharing my meditations with the world, I consistently ask for support from my mentors, husband, colleagues as well as my open minded community at The Kabbalah Centre urging me forward and reminding me every step of the way to JUST DO IT! And then reminding me that once I did it to KEEP MOVING FORWARD! Which leads me to my next secret...
#2 Reviews, Reviews, Reviews.
One of the greatest challenges I come across daily as a meditation expert are reviews.
I wish I had been advised of the thousands of reviews I received within the first few hours of publishing my very first meditation being launched on Insight Timer. Some people adored me, some people hated me (really, they wrote that!), some people were moved to tears while others couldn't stand the sound of my voice or the music or the live background sound of my recordings. It is quite probable that anything imaginable in the meditation review world, I have experienced.
My advice, don't get inflated and overjoyed from "good" reviews and don't be afraid of "bad" reviews.
The art of answering reviews is a science. Look at your reviews with an unbiased mind and try to "feel" the energy transmission they are sending over to you from the Universe. Read your reviews over, feeling your reviewers energy as you ask the universe for guidance as you craft your answers, I have repeatedly been able to use reviews as "teachable" moments, filling in the question marks that listeners have about healing, kabbalah, forgiveness, love, heart opening, you name it!
Be open as you read your reviews, see and feel if there are any repetitive comments you are receiving that can help you improve your craft. After repeatedly getting told about certain music sounding like "elevator music" I switched up the background music and re-published one of my meditations and likewise, after many "complaints" about background noise during my live meditations, I scripted them and re-recorded them in the studio. It took only a few hours and the result was outstanding and I understood the true value of the messages coming in, via my audience, opinions about the length of time, volume of the background music, tone of my voice, confusing words, and adored content were actually priceless gems, pushing me forward to improve the style & quality of my meditations for all my followers and future followers to come.
#3. QUALITY IS EVERYTHING.
FACT: When a person closes their eyes to meditate their senses are heightened. What does that have to do with quality? Everything.
After receiving and reading through thousands of reviews, it became clear that many meditators become SUPER sensitive to the slightest change / disturbance / stutter in the recordings they are listening to. As soon as I realized this I vowed to make QUALITY my tippy top of priorities.
My quality checklist includes:
-studio recordings are always done in sound booths with zero background noise or disturbances.
-live recordings must begin with a lengthy sound check to perfect the balance of the microphone.
-Microphones are always handheld (on a mic stand) and always with a pop filter screen attached. (I don't use head set mics for recording)
-editing post recording includes detailed "cleaning up" of even the tiniest of background sounds.
-I listen to every raw meditation file and gives the edits I want to the editor, then once I receive the edited file I meticulously listen to the full meditation (not just the edited parts) and every time i ask for an edit I listen once again to the FULL file to make sure nothing changed in the entire file.
-once the meditation is published, I listen once again to make sure its a perfect recording and I also re-check the publishers details like length and description to make sure everything is accurate.
-make sure the music / voice balance is gentle to the listeners ear.
-if you need to write your own meditation descriptions, get support if you need. Because I am not a copy writer and I also don't have a marketing background I discuss most of my titles and descriptions with a colleague who is a writer & a marketing expert. I find it so helpful to be able to verbally express to her the main points I want to get across so she can create the professional copy I need.
Perfecting the QUALITY of your meditation recordings is key to caring about your listeners experience from the get-go.
This is one post that I could truly go on and on and on about so I will just stop here before I get to carried away - my hope is that you will read this and be motivated, not discouraged!
Any tips you would love to share about getting started, reviews or quality? Leave a comment below.