If you’ve been around meditation for a while, at one time or another, you’ve probably heard someone say, I don’t do meditation because I can’t do it right? With a little empathetic laugh, many of us can relate!
The good news is that when it comes to starting a meditation practice, the only thing you need to remember is to practice.
Sharon Salzberg, meditation teacher and Huffington Post contributor, takes an opportunity in her latest post to not only reflect on her own journey but also to offer gentle and encouraging support to those looking to forge ahead with meditation.
It’s a paradigm shift for me, and an inspiring one. The meditation traditions I started and have continued practicing have all emphasized inclusivity: anyone can do this who is interested. You don’t have to believe anything, adopt a dogma in order to learn how to meditate. This isn’t limited to special people, or lucky people, or people of a certain background. But of course economic constraints, information gaps, cultural assumptions all do their own limiting. It’s going to take creative forms, new ways of communicating, and all of us challenging our own assumptions to breathe life into that assertion of inclusivity. I have been so moved at the depth of experience, the commitment, and the honesty and kindness of the participants in this challenge, each fulfilling the demands of their ordinary lives, each showing a way forward to new manifestations of practice, community, awareness and love.
For those who aren’t familiar with Salzberg, she began her journey into meditation with intensive retreats in India. Following she returned to the United States where she co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Read more about Salzberg, her journey, and her new book Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: a 28-Day Program here.