The applications of meditation and mindfulness have dramatically increased over the last 10 years. While it’s exciting to see, this surge of growth is also a bit unsettling.
There are so many opportunities to be misguided by information or mislead by less experienced teachers and so-called “experts”. Yes, more people should be meditating and, yes, everyone can benefit from the teachings of mindfulness. However, understanding basic principles or going through a “training” to become a meditation or mindfulness teacher is rarely enough. The nuances of both meditation and mindfulness are not something that can be taught online or through apps. They also aren’t something that teachers can pick up in just a few months (or even a few years) of training.
In order to reap the real benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices, you absolutely must work with a dedicated professional. Meditation is not a one size fits all technique. Everyone is different and will relate to certain styles and will be more likely to adapt the process and integrate meditation into their life if the technique is tailored for them.
Even if you don’t have an expert trainer in the area that you can train with in person, individually or in a small group, Master Teacher AnJenette Afridi, MA offers individual and/or group meditation and mindfulness targeted skills-based training live online via video conferencing, FaceTime, as well as her SF Bay Area Office, WalkShops, and Offsite (+time/travel).
AnJenette is a pioneer in cultivating a lifelong personal meditation practice (since age 18) and studying the numerous applications and effects of mindfulness for children and adults. The benefit of doing this type of live training is that AnJenette will tailor a meditation and mindfulness program specifically for you, and give you real-time, personalized feedback, something that no app or recorded video can do.
Being discerning before allocating your time and money on a less-than-qualified teacher or an ineffective method of training is key to getting the most out of these powerful practices.
This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any medical issue or disease. The author does not in any way guarantee or warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of this article and will not be held responsible for the content of this article. The information in this article is not intended to replace a personal relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult your personal health care provider for specific medical advice.