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Mindful : December 2017
It’s a paradox that never goes away. You start meditating because you want to get somewhere, to find some improvement, gain some bene- fits. But if you reach for benefits, as longtime meditator Jessica Morey says, “you can become striving-oriented, obsessed with trying to get somewhere, to gain experiences.” And yet, med- itation, like life, can feel like a journey. It may not be clear where you’re going or whether you have a destination at all, and yet you keep going. It’s not a path from A to Z. It meanders, cycles, and circles back on itself. Fortunately, there are fellow travelers. As we at Mindful know from speaking with a lot of people, different questions can pop up at different stages of their journey, whether they are dipping their toes in the water of meditation for the first time, starting to make it a bigger part of their life, or have been doing it for many years. And no matter where you are, it always helps to have the attitude of a beginner, humbled by the power of the mind. Mindful contributor Jonathan Roberts talked to six of our favorite meditation teachers (see below) to gain their insights about the kinds of challenges that people have in adding medita- tion to their lives. Each of them in their own way emphasized that it can be a trap to keep thinking that you’re trying to get somewhere (see paradox above). As Will Kabat-Zinn put it, “Practice is really all about helping people step out of this kind of linear thinking. Part of what is so refreshing and liberating is stepping out of that mental framework.” Life is a little bit like walking one of those slacklines that people tie between trees in parks. We’re always balancing things: work, play, health, sickness, our friendships, our families, our love life (or lack thereof ). It’s a little (and sometimes more than a little) stressful. As soon as we tense up, the line starts to shake, and we’re more easily thrown off. It gives immediate feedback. Meditation can help us make use of the feedback. While we’re the first to acknowledge that there is no single predefined meditation high- way to travel on—everyone’s experience and circumstances will differ—we’ve explored the kinds of questions we hear from people in differ- ent phases and stages in their relationship with meditation practice. The advice on the following pages is from Mindful, sprinkled with some thoughts from the teachers we talked with. Enjoy. Barry Boyce, Editor-in-Chief Mindfulness meditation is not a one-time thing. You do it again and again. As you keep doing it, a variety of challenges emerge. Here’s some advice for traveling the path of meditation. judson brewer Chief, Division of MIndfulness, UMASS Medical School; Director of Research, Center for Mindfulness. tara healey Mindfulness teacher and program director for Mindfulness- Based Learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. caverly morgan Founder and director of Peace in Schools, a Portland, OR, non- profit that offers a year-long, for-credit mindfulness class in the city’s schools. will kabat-zinn Meditation teacher who regularly leads retreats at Spirit Rock and at meditation centers around the country. jessica morey Executive Director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and a lead teacher for iBme teen retreats. sebene selassie Meditation teacher and transformational coach in New York City, where she teaches at the New York Insight Meditation Center. TEACHERS WE CONSULTED December 2017 mindful 45