Looking for a local meditation class in Kent?
Our current activity is centered around compassion meditation, the Welcoming Meditation in particular. Some general guidance is published below.
Five points to bear in mind when looking for a class or teacher
- The starting point is why do you want to meditate? Meditation can offer some broad-based benefits to most practitioners. But many people come to meditation in order to work with quite specific issues such as stress reduction or increasing levels of happiness and wellbeing. Different forms of meditation can offer different benefits, find a method that fits your needs. A small amount of initial research can be very beneficial.
- Recent research has demonstrated that the teacher delivering meditation training has a significant impact on the effect of the practice. Although this is widely understood in traditional meditation systems it is frequently overlooked in modern secular forms of meditation. Typically a good teacher should:
- have an extensive practical experience of the meditation they are teaching, measured in several hundred hours at a very minimum
- a sound theoretical understanding of the meditation they are teaching, they should be able to tell you where the meditation comes from and why it is beneficial
- to reflect some of the qualities that you yourself are looking for. If they have practiced the meditation they are teaching what has is done for them?
- If you are new to meditation find a method that clearly sits within a secular or spiritual tradition. Try to steer clear of methods that combined different spiritual and/or secular approaches until you have some experience.
- Do a little research before you start. Try to find out something about the method you want to practice.
- Set some goals and targets. If you have started meditation for a specific reason, talk to your teacher about how your progress can be measured over time.
As always email us if you have any concerns. And please post your thoughts and experiences below.