It’s tempting to think as soon as we make a conscious decision to embrace mindfulness meditation, we’ll naturally be able to enjoy the full benefits with little time and practice.
And while it’s certainly possible to find ways to meditate on your own, chances are you’ll benefit the most by having an expert lead the way, for a number of reasons…
1. You're Making a Big Change to the Way You Think
No one can adjust the way they subconsciously or even consciously think, act or behave overnight. And often, making a big change to your thought process and behaviors takes a lot of work.
When you meditate, you’re effectively encouraging your mind and brain to delve into unfamiliar territory – a perfect state of calm where distractions can be safely ignored.
This isn’t a natural state for most of us, so a little guidance is key to start the process of changing the way we ultimately think.
2. There Can Easily Be Unforeseen Obstacles
A quick moment of clarity or bliss can take a wrong turn and can lead to an unintended train of thought that derails your meditation.
This is especially true if you are already stressed or have a problem on your mind that you hope meditation is going to help you resolve.
An experienced meditation teacher can help with these obstacles that can make a surprise appearance and can help you find and stay in a calm and centered state of mind.
3. It’s Easy to Get Frustrated
Being able to meditate seems like it should be a no-brainer activity. After all, you simply have to sit quietly for a few moments, clear your thoughts, and let peace and calm come to you, correct?
But it seldom works this way, and it is rarely easy unless you’ve had plenty of practice. Try to clear your mind for just a minute without thinking about any issues, distractions or unhelpful thoughts.
Chances are it only takes a few seconds before your mind betrays you, and starts wandering off into unhelpful territory.
Because it seems simple, and because it can be tough to do at first, it can be understandably easy for new meditation practitioners to become frustrated, and want to throw in the towel before they reap the benefits.
An experienced meditation teacher will keep you on track, and will also help that initial process of quieting the mind.
4. Those Who Need Meditation the Most Can Have the Hardest Time Getting Started
Meditation is a true blessing for people with anxiety, stress, physical pains and other ailments that interrupt their daily lives. But the ironic thing is the more you need meditation, the harder it can be to achieve.
After all, if you suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, your mind and body are already working against you, and it can make it that much harder to be comfortable, without stress or pain simply.
A meditation teacher is instrumental for folks who already have a few obstacles in the way of their practice, and can help conquer those roadblocks from the get go.
Simply put, if you want to get the most out of mindfulness meditation truly, an experienced teacher can go a long way.
From online sessions to individual training, there are plenty of options to ensure you can find the program that best fits your life.