Have you considered teacher training in meditation and mindfulness?
There are many programs and courses to be found, for sure. You can “qualify” after a weekend course, if you look. On the other hand, if you are interested in a thorough immersion, you will start your teaching journey with an understanding that is broad and deep, rather than coasting on the surface.
By thorough, we mean 200 hours over the course of a year, and a real-get-serious practice of one hour daily. Through committed practice, you will get to know yourself a whole lot better… and you will be better placed to recognise what is happening in the minds of those whom you aspire to teach.
The Diploma of Mindfulness and Meditation is a personal and theoretically supported exploration of stillness meditation – the pinnacle of yogic practice – while taking into account modern, westernised approaches from the medical or complementary health perspective. You may discover in the long run that, while both approaches are similar in the beginning, traditional meditation goes much deeper into the profound experience of self, being and reality, while the more “complementary” approaches are about helping the individual to self-validation and healthy ego-function. While both are valuable, understanding only goes in one direction. Practitioners of the deeper traditional methods can understand and offer or teach health or goal-oriented meditation, but not the other way around – the deeper processes are a riddle, from that perspective.
Through the course you will understand
the connection between stress and its biological connections, which is how the complementary medical approach found its reason for being.
the history of Meditation and its expression in various schools, such as Zen or Taoism.
critical issues such as cautions and limitations for teaching meditation, and conditions under which meditation might be contraindicated. You will explore research findings on reported negative effects of meditation, and learn how to access research.
possibly there are two paradigms of meditation and two paradigms of health… and the implication of both for teacher and client.
You will have to allow yourself a year of study and practice!
The 2018 program starts on March 17.
The Meditation Teachers’ Retreat that took place in January 2018 was a perfect introduction to teaching meditation from all aspects. Another will be held in August 2018
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