“I’m thirsty, but I guess I should wait for an aquatic scientist before drinking.”
There is no need to wait
Searching for a certified, aquatic scientist before making the decision to drink water is ludicrous, right? I mean, who in their right mind would even think of that?
Yet that’s exactly what some trained and certified (by their tradition) meditation teachers advise new meditators. Frankly, I think that’s a load of crap and it promotes further division along sectarian lines. Yes, I understand that Buddhist meditation isn’t something that anyone can teach, but let’s be realistic, sitting in silence, focusing on your breath, and learning to be with yourself isn’t rocket science.
The argument seems to be that non-certified meditation teachers can’t take a student deeply into their meditation journey and, therefore, might omit covering the finer points that a traditionally-trained meditation teacher would be equipped to teach.
So, respectfully, I get that but again, we’re not talking brain surgery here. Ok, we are kind of talking about a brain-changing experience, here is where I think that logic breaks down. [Read more…] about From Whom Should You Learn Mindfulness or Meditation?