Have you ever heard the following expression?
“We don’t meditate to get better at meditating…”
We meditate for other reasons. We meditate because we want to experience awakening, to improve our health, expand spiritually, manage pain or stress… In short - we meditate for its beneficial side effects. There is no one technique that will do everything for everybody (despite what some enthusiastic practitioners might evangelize).
For this reason, I take a holistic approach with my clients.
Cross-Disciplinary Formal Personal Practice
In my book, Practical Meditation for Beginners, a ten-day personal meditation survey is presented. For each of the ten days, there is a different meditation technique introduced. Readers are guided through the basics of the technique, an outline of some of its unique benefits, how to practice the technique, ways to take it deeper, and resources for further study.
This is essentially the same approach I take with corporate or private clients - with one major exception. While I still think that its great for anyone to experiment with all ten of the techniques included in Practical Meditation for Beginners, we can accelerate the process by having prospective clients complete a survey, which will help me cut to the chase and get you the results you’re looking for.
INtegrative inFormal practical application
In order to really reap the benefits of meditation, we have to consciously integrate the principles in everyday life. Do you have a tendency to get irritable or frustrated in traffic? Or maybe you find yourself eating too much too fast and feeling uncomfortably full and unhappy with your health. This is where the informal component of the Practical Meditation approach comes into play. This is one of the most effective ways to increase the benefits you’re seeking from your meditation practice.
GROUP, COLLABORATIVE, OR PARTNERSHIP PRACTICE
For me, the only thing more powerful than implementing a daily meditation practice in my life was implementing regular group med- itation practice. Group meditation has taken my understanding and my experience to a completely new level, and I’ve especially enjoyed the conversation and relationships that emerge from meditating with friends.
A sangha, or meditation community, can be extremely rewarding and supportive. I often recommend that students commit to a personal daily meditation practice and also find somewhere to meditate with a group once a week. Group practice keeps you accountable, consistent, and growing.