This past weekend, I began a new journey as a meditation teacher trainee. After deciding not to pursue a masters program this fall, I needed to find other opportunities to enhance my business. I soon found a teacher training with Yoga on High Teacher training and Ayurveda Institute in Columbus, OH. For many reasons I was beyond excited! This training would not only give me the knowledge on how to guide meditation sessions for potential clients, but also help me learn how to meditate alone. I have previously attempted to create a personal meditation practice but felt I was doing it incorrectly. From the first two days of the training, my ideas on meditation shifted and learned I was actually on the right path.
“By the end introductions we learned that there is no one way to describe meditation.”
On the first day of training we were asked to introduce ourselves along with one word we felt described meditation without explanation. I chose solitude while other trainees chose various words like now, mindfulness, and peace. By the end introductions we learned that there is no one way to describe meditation. When we meditate it should be intentional because our intentions may help defy what meditation means for us each time we meditate. Note that not one meditation session is one in the same.
“Our brains are meant to think consciously and unconsciously so why stop it from doing what it is supposed to do?”
Again, each experience can be different and that is okay. One time your mind may wander more than the next or vice versa. As I stated earlier, I felt I was unsuccessful with meditating mostly because my mind would go crazy with thoughts. I had assumed that meditation was about clearing our minds, however, is the complete opposite. Our brains are meant to think consciously and unconsciously so why stop it from doing what it is supposed to do? Being aware of what the mind is focusing on can benefit us more than we realize. Questions like “why am I thinking this?”, “what is my mind trying to tell me?” forces us to organize our thoughts. Once this is understood and practiced we open the doors to mindful thinking. So don’t give up and keep trying.