Learning To Meditate: Step Two – One-on-one Personal Instruction

Learning to meditate is often a turning point in peoples lives. The reason why a person chooses to learn to meditate is often very personal. On the other hand, some people learn to meditate simply because of someone they know is doing it and they think ‘why not’!

Learning to meditate Step two Personal Instruction

And no matter when a person chooses to learn to meditate, they almost always say “they wished they’d learnt sooner”. However, in my experience teaching meditation, one only learns when they are ready to learn.

One-on-one Personal Instruction

Vedic Meditation is taught one-on-one so that we can focus on you, the student. That way we can spend as much or as little time on each step of the process and move at your speed of learning to meditate and/or experience, not be driven or held back by others.

Learning to meditate can be a very personal self-development journey for some people so this one-on-one environment provides the comfort of leaning in a private and confidential setting.

Vedic Meditation is an authentic form of Mantra Meditation which cannot be learnt overnight or from a book, video or audio technologies. The course unfolds over a ten week period.

One the day of instruction you will be taught, what can best be described as, the seed of the Vedic Meditation technique. Then over the following three days, you get to nurture that seed into life.

This session can take as little as one hour, however, we ask you to allow about one and a half hours for this session so that we are not rushed to finish before you are ready.

Four days of Instruction

Learning to meditate begins with the session mentioned above, personal instruction. This is then followed by three more days of instruction, making it four consecutive days, each of these daily sessions is about 2 hours, give or take 15 minutes. During these sessions, you will learn how to meditate. That’s the easy part!

However, your learning is not confined to these sessions because the process of learning to meditate requires that you put into practice what you learn each day at home – morning and afternoon.

So to be really clear on that point. On the first day, you will receive personal instruction on how to begin meditation – about one and a half hours. You will then do a 20-minute meditation that afternoon and again the following morning. The next day you will receive further instruction following discussion of your experiences at home. We do the same for each of the days of the course.

It is vital that you make the time to meditate morning and afternoon on each of the days that you are learning to meditate. If you don’t then it is possible you will not get the full benefit from mediation.

Follow up

On completion of the four-day block, we will meet again one week later to discuss your experiences of meditation at home over the previous week. If required, we can do some fine tuning and provide further instruction to refine and/or perfect the correct technique of meditation.

Next, we meet again one month later, followed by another one month after that. In each of these sessions, we talk about your experiences in meditation over the previous month, to validate your experiences to ensure that you are meditating correctly. At the end of this second one month visit, you will have gained enough experience and intellectual understanding to meditate successfully for the rest of your life.

However, you are more than welcome to contact me at any time in the future if you experience any difficulty with your mediation. And don’t just contact me when things go wrong, I like to hear about how all the people I teach to meditate are getting on because it never ceases to amaze me the stories of transformation that people experience. It is one of the reasons I just love teaching this authentic form of meditation, it’s just so powerful.

Next step: Putting it all into Practice

If you are interested in learning to meditate,
give me a call, Warwick Jones, 09 419 5380

What Else Do You Need To Know About Learning to Meditate

Given that there are thousands of different meditation techniques and a lot of misconception about what meditation is or isn’t. Let’s try to clear up a few of the most common misconception when it comes to learning Vedic Meditation.

Do you need to wear any special clothing? No, just be comfortable in whatever you wear.

Will I need to sit cross-legged on the floor? No, unless you want to that is and can do so for half an hour without discomfort. We just sit somewhere comfortably – chair, couch, car, park bench…

Will people hear me meditating? No, Vedic Meditation is an activity within the mind, there is nothing to hear.

Does Mediation conflict with religious beliefs? No, this is purely a mental technique, no religious beliefs are involved nor are they required. I cover Religion and meditation in one of my blog posts  UPDATE: This blog is currently offline while I rewrite it.

Most of these questions get answered in greater detail during the course.

If the goal of Vedic Meditation is to transcend thought, and I transcend thought, how do I know that I will return to a normal thinking state of mind? That is a good question. Simply put, you just do. One could ask the same question about sleep – how do you know you’ll wake from sleep. You just do. This is explained in greater detail during the second day of the course.

What Is The Best Time Of Day To Meditate? We recommend first thing in the morning before you do anything. Then late afternoon before your evening meal – definitely not before going to be.

How Long Should I Meditate At Home? Typically each meditation session will be twenty minutes, however, this can sometimes vary. Always meditate for the period of time that your teacher has instructed.

How Do I Keep Track Of Time During Meditation? The simple answer is a watch or clock, however, your teacher will explain how to do this.

I Have Trouble Concentrating Will I Be Able To Learn Vedic Meditation? Yes, in fact, it may even help you to learn quicker!

What Changes Will I Need To Make To My Lifestyle? None, other than to put aside the time to meditate each day. Otherwise, you simply go about your life as usual. That being said, your lifestyle will likely change spontaneously the more you meditate. See the next section…

What Benefits Can I Expect To Get From Learning to Meditate?

That is another good question, one that is often asked, and difficult to answer. It can be difficult to answer for the simple fact that we are all different, we are all unique – just like everyone else!

For this reason, it is not possible, nor wise of me, to guess what benefits of meditation an individual may or may not get. For example, a few years ago I taught two brothers-in-law to meditate. One had trouble sleeping the other high blood pressure (to name 2 issues).

About 6 months after learning to meditate the one with high blood pressure reported that he was sleeping much better then he’d ever slept, yet this was not considered a problem before leaning. The one that had been concerned with insomnia still wasn’t sleeping all that well, although it had improved. But what he and everyone else had noticed was that he was more relaxed and less ‘Volatile’ in daily life.

It was about a year later that I caught up with these two and was pleased to learn that both were now sleeping soundly and talking about lots of other benefits as well. The downside of people with blood pressure who are on medication is that doctors are very reluctant to reduce the medication being prescribed. It can often take 12 months of lower readings before a doctor will look at adjusting medication.

One Benefit Of Learning To Meditate Is Quality Of Sleep

The benefits of learning to meditate are different for each person who learns. As these benefits begin to express themselves you will naturally change some of your daily habits. Let’s just take sleep as an example:

if your quality of sleep improves then you might start to get up earlier each day. What will you do with this extra time? You could study, read, exercise, be more organised and not so rushed…

with more sleep, you are likely to have more energy. More energy to do those things that you have been putting off and you have more time to do them because you are getting up earlier each day…

as your sleep continues to get better you should find that you are more tolerant, more compassionate and caring, therefore, your relationships get better…

getting a sound nights sleep on a regular basis helps you to deal with stress, sleep dissolves the stress and makes us more resilient on a day to day basis.

If you are interested in learning to meditate,
give me a call, Warwick Jones, 09 419 5380