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Mindful : February 2016
time for individual check-ins, where students can get some help with particular challenges they might be facing. Sitting with your own thoughts can sometimes lead to a dark place. “Choose someone you can relate to, someone whose chemistry seems right,” says Donald McCown, author of Teaching Mindfulness and Director of the Center for Contemplative Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Find an instructor who has a personal medi- tation practice, who practices what he or she teaches. But exercise discretion. The increasing popularity of meditation means anyone can pull up a cushion and claim to be an instructor. “A lot of people may jump in to teach who are not well trained, and that’s a worry,” McCown says. It takes lots of practice and a variety of other skills to teach meditation. A good teacher is not just conveying information; they’re model- ling a way of being for others. Certification for meditation teachers is in the early decades of its development, but the number of programs and graduates is slowly growing. UCLA is pioneer- ing a year-long course leading to a Certificate of Mindfulness Facilitation, for instance. And Florence Meleo-Meyer, director of the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training, says her organization patricia mushim ikeda “You need a body. You need to be alive, and if you are alive then you are breathing. That’s all you need. You don’t need a cell phone, you don’t need fancy pants, you don’t need anything that costs any money.” florence meleo-meyer “At the start we have big expectations, but there is something about the everydayness of meditation that is not quite so sexy. It’s important to know that a lull will happen, that it is not a sign to give up.” steve hickman “Most of us need a bit of scaffolding, at the very least, to help build the practice into our routine, to have guidance from others who have been where we are.” sebene selassie “I have been practicing for a long time and there are still times when I wonder why I do this, when I think I hate meditation. This practice goes against the stream.” has certified the training of more than one hun- dred MBSR teachers worldwide and will soon post a list of those certified MBSR teachers. Ask about a teacher’s availability for individ- ual check-ins. That can help you shine a light on your resistance, or help if meditation brings up confusing or painful feelings. Online teachers linked to mindfulness programs at major centers are also available. A few sites make it possible for you to have a video chat with the instructor. Check Out a Class Classes can offer great routine and support for beginners. If you are apt to get restless or give → With the burgeoning popularity of meditation classes, anyone can pull up a cushion and claim to be an instructor. What’s the best way to evaluate and choose a good meditation teacher? February 2016 mindful 43