It seems like everywhere we look there's a new study telling us that meditation is key for increased productivity, decreased stress, and general well-being. And while you may know that mindfulness and meditation are good for you, with so many demands on your time learning how to meditate often gets put in the category of one of those things you'll get to "someday" - month after month, year after year. If this sounds like you, taking a mindfulness meditation class may be just the thing to help. Even though there are many amazing books, articles, DVD’s, and Youtube videos out there about meditation and mindfulness, there's something to be said about the in-person, face-to-face experience of a class that simply cannot be replicated when trying to learn on your own.
Not convinced you should join a class? Here are my top 3 reasons why you should!
1. By joining a class, you make it easier on yourself to keep your personal commitment to work on your practice, because you've set aside a time and place for you to do so. It's easy to find reasons not to meditate when we are at home. Or sometimes, the distractions are just too much for you to get the most out of your meditation time. Just like meeting friends at the gym for group fitness class can motivate you to work out, finding a meditation group can provide the necessary space, time, and encouragement you need for developing a practice and more importantly, making it stick. 2. Many people find it easier to learn something new, or improve at something, when they're doing it with others in person. To sit with other people having similar experiences, be guided by an experienced and qualified teacher, and to be able to ask questions, share concerns, and hear that everyone is in the same boat in terms of their struggles and successes, can be incredibly enlightening and empowering. It can also provide you with the support and reassurance you need to keep going, even when you feel you are not doing it "right". 3. A meditation space is a judgement-free zone, a "safe-space" where you can come and be yourself. It's inspiring and motivating to connect with others who share your intentions for improved health and well being, and your teacher will patiently create an environment of acceptance and belonging - perfect conditions under which you can thrive and grow.
So if you've been meaning to start meditating, but haven't gotten around to it, keep an eye out for classes in your community. In just a few weeks you can learn a skill that will impact all areas of your life for the better.
-- PS - If you're in Trinidad and Tobago and would like to join a group mindfulness mediation class, we still have a few spots open for our next workshop starting August 4th. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. #mindfulness #meditation #mindfulnesscoach #meditationteacher