When we start learning to meditate, we begin to leave behind the automatic chain reactions of thinking and doing. If we can have a little patience and humility, meditation is the practice that helps slow us down and it allows our deeper soul part access to answers and connection.
Although learning meditation is easy, it may be hard to practice on a regular basis. When begin learning how to meditate people often find that they need some kind of course or retreat to really “break through” and discover what meditation can offer. What people often need to break through, are layers of resistance put up out of fear and concepts, judgments and discouragement. Most of the time we experience our world through conceptual filters. When we learn how to meditate, we practice to drop these filters and instead experience the world directly through our senses and the power of awareness. To achieve this kind of breakthrough it often takes being in a retreat environment, one in which you can truly let go of your everyday concerns for a period of time and work intensively with a meditative technique.
There are so many different ways you can learn meditation and that is why so many different ways are offered. The approach that works for one is not for someone else. It is all very unique and personal. What is important is that you pick a teacher who inspires and challenges you, and who speaks to your greatest longing for wholeness and discovery. At first, you may want to experiment with many different styles and approaches. But if you find a teacher and an approach that feels like it fits your inner nature, we would encourage you to work in a committed way within that teacher for a period of time in order to really explore the deeper levels of the practice.
So our main advice to you is; if you have tried a class once and it did not resonate with you - DON'T
STOP - keep searching till you find the right teacher, class and approach,
and have a community of like-minded people that supports you on your
daily journey on how to meditate.
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