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Do you need a teacher to learn how to meditate?
by Jeanne Ball
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25 August 2011
On 25 August 2011 Huffington Post reported:
'There's no shortage of opportunities for learning practices called ''meditation.'' You can pick one up during yoga class, on YouTube, here on The Huffington Post or at the grocery store,' writes journalist Jeanne Ball, in a lucid and comprehensive discussion of the necessity of learning meditation from a qualified teacher.
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Scientific research has promoted the widespread understanding that 'an effective meditation technique can yield transformative, lifesaving benefits,' Ms Ball writes. However, 'the accessibility of so many practices suggests that learning meditation doesn't require an expert teacher.'
Ms Ball mentions her own experience as a teenager when, like many other people, she initially tried to learn meditation on her own—seeking the experience described in classical texts as 'a naturally peaceful state of consciousness beyond thinking, a knowingness in pure being'. Occasionally she 'slipped into such a state. Trying to regain this experience, every effort seemed to thwart the process. . . .
'Most books claimed that meditation wasn't supposed to be easy, that it may take years to get significant results . . . . However, I had glimpsed richer, clearer, deeper realms of experience, so I knew there was more.'
Eventually Ms Ball came across Transcendental Meditation—an effortless technique introduced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi over 50 years ago, which allows the conscious mind to experience 'progressively quieter states of thought, until the faintest thought is transcended and one arrives at the state of pure awareness. This process allows access to inner reserves of energy while giving the body deep, rejuvenating rest,' she explains.
Successful practice of Transcendental Meditation depends on learning the technique from a qualified teacher, says Ms Ball, who subsequently became trained as a teacher herself. 'With TM practice, you are not learning how to watch your thoughts or control your breathing, but how to experience subtler states of thought and levels of awareness deeper and more refined than the active waking mind.'
The article also includes recommendations for finding a good meditation teacher.
Click here to read the full article, which includes a video of Maharishi explaining the use of the mantra in the Transcendental Meditation technique.
Jeanne Ball is a writer for the David Lynch Foundation and a 25-year teacher of Transcendental Meditation.
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