One of the reasons people don’t give meditation a fair chance is because they feel they fail at it. Mindfulness and meditation are everywhere, they became mainstream, the way we live our lives nowadays, filled with tension, stress and stimulation, created an urgent demand for it.
Sometimes it’s presented like a quick fix, a magic panacea, that heals everything from sleep deprivation to improving your sex life. And if not well taught it can be superficial and even counterproductive, it can give you the wrong idea that if you take a few deep breaths everything is going to be ok. Well, it’s not. Mindfulness is about being present and it can make a real difference in your life. As simple as it might sound, to start and develop a consistent meditation practice is not that easy and it requires practice and commitment. Also, living in a mindful way it´s not that simple and requires intention.
The good thing is that more and more of us seek mindfulness instruction and guidance.
For me, one of the key elements in helping me establish a meditation practice was having a good teacher. It’s where my greatest understanding and knowledge comes from. Even after years of practicing meditation and several instructor certifications, I still attend various meditation trainings and courses, that I know will not only benefit my own practice time and expand my mind but also for the increased benefit of my students.
Meditation must be taught. If you never learned it, how will you do it? There is a lot of misconception about it, and that is why it’s so important to find a good teacher that you feel comfortable with. Questions and doubts are normal and a big part of the process. Also, it’s good to have someone to support you, to share experiences and to explore any challenges that come up.
Here are some reasons why it is important to have someone’s support when you are starting a mindfulness practice:
• A teacher serves as a guide and walks beside you; it prevents you from getting lost along the journey of learning a new skill.
• A teacher gives you the tools to develop a consistent meditation practice.
• Inspires you to meditate regularly.
• It helps you to create space in your life and in yourself to start and develop a solid meditation practice.
• It helps you to create a realistic practice routine for you.
• Teaches you a consistent meditation technique.
• Answers all your questions and doubts: Where do I start, how do I build it, and how do I create that desire to show up day after day? And these are just the first ones.
• Encourages you to go deeper in your practice and to not ignore discomfort.
• Shows you the patience and tenacity to hang in there when things get tough.
• Teaches you not to take yourself so seriously 😊
• Opens the door to deeper inquiry and insight.
• Encourages you to investigate unconscious bias and to do deep listening.
• Engages students in discussions that investigate, with curiosity, the causes of pain: personal pain, shared pain, organizational pain.
• Introduces kindness and compassion practices that emphasise our intimate connection with others, as opposed to focusing purely on ourselves.
In fact, initially, you may want to start a mindfulness practice for some stress relief and a greater calm, but over time you will discover some of the longer lasting health benefits, or perhaps the deeper levels of awareness that are available within, and the possibility for real personal expansion. In the hands of a good mindfulness teacher, mindfulness opens the door to a healthier relationship with your thoughts and your emotions, no matter what comes your way.
“What we’re really doing is teaching people to be more aware. If you are more aware in your everyday life, you can enhance your capacity for joy.”~Dr. Patricia Rockman
In an early stage a mindfulness practice is about developing focus and concentration by working with the natural breath. By working with it we learn to calm the mind and lower reactivity. This will create conditions for us to investigate and to do deep listening. We look at causes, context, conditions. We develop a well rounded picture that can lead to change.
Mindfulness has also been used for improving our ability to have difficult conversations, and to practice empathy and active listening of others. It’s used in the corporate world to enhance leadership and emotional intelligence skills.
In short, a mindfulness teacher helps you to achieve personal growth and deeper self-awareness. No matter what, you will struggle with focusing and staying present. We all do. Know that and be kind to yourself!
“Mindfulness is a we thing, not a me thing.”~Unknown
You can work with me through my online courses with recorded sessions, in one-to-one personalised sessions of meditation mentorship. I am here to help you grow a daily meditation routine you feel confident in. I provide simple, accessible and science-backed meditation techniques to support you in living a mindful life and to make meditation and mindfulness part of your everyday life.
If you are not sure what path to take, I offer a free 20-minute consultation, contact me and book it.
Whatever your choice in learning meditation, know that you will get personalised support. You will be able to be in contact with me on a regular basis to ask questions and to gain support and confidence. I include downloadable audios and handout materials for you to use at home. If you have questions, contact me here.