Am I doing it right?
Which meditation should I practice? How often? When is the best time? How long should they be? Should I meditate at the same time each day? What posture is best? What if I am interrupted?
I remember my early meditation days when it was difficult to find a truly helpful book about beginning a meditation practice, and finding a suitable meditation CD was even harder. Locating a meditation group that fit my schedule, pocketbook, and preferences took some time, too. But with perseverance I found all three.
What I liked best about my meditation group was sharing our experiences. Hearing others comment, “I had trouble concentrating,” or “I heard the words ‘go up the stairs’ and then I don’t remember anything else,” helped me feel, well, normal, because I had those experiences sometimes too. Today, excellent books on meditation are readily available, and one can listen to samples from meditation CDs before making a purchase. A wide variety of meditation groups and classes are offered locally in almost any community.
Yet, with all of these resources, the experience of beginning a meditation practice repeatedly brings up these questions with my meditation students.