Completing My Meditation Certification
I’m back from obtaining my meditation certification and it’s been quite the journey. I attended my training at the McLean Meditation Institute in Sedona, AZ where I learned to teach the SEED (Simple, Easy, Every Day) Meditation Method.
It’s a secular form of meditation – basically geared toward teaching beginners the ins and outs of different styles and types of meditation to help them find what’s best for them.
The Intense Training
The intensive was “intense.” We had to be at the Institute at 7:30 am and would finish at 6:00 pm or later, plus reading and homework. I led a guided meditation, gave a presentation on three benefits of meditation, and led a small group meditation during the course of the week. I practiced a lot of yoga (not the Western version you think of – it was the kind of yoga that focuses on breathing in conjunction with meditation). Scientific research abounds related to what meditation does to the brain, and so much more.
Now I’m a fledged youngling (ha!) teacher. Not young in years, but young at heart. I hope my enthusiasm for the practice of meditation flows through my words and actions so I can be the best teacher that I can be.
Three Things to Consider
There are three big things I took away from this week (besides meeting some incredible people and learning so much about the practice itself).
- I’m “in my head” a lot
- My mandalas need to become a central part of my own practice
- I probably need a meditation teaching website.
Let me explain.
Getting “Out of My Head” and Into My Heart
All my life, I’ve been a seeker of knowledge. Through two bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree, and various certifications and trainings, I love, LOVE to learn. It’s anchored me in the more trying times of my life, especially when I was younger. Now, I seek inward knowledge. However, I haven’t yet fully opened up my heart.
I’m all for compassion and building harmony. I realize, however, that I don’t always exude the warm, fuzzy love that comes from a truly heart-centered person. On some level I think I knew that, but to hear it several times in feedback I received, I now know this on a very aware, very conscious level.
I have even started different practices to help me to open up my heart chakra.
Mandalas and Meditation
As I embarked on my Intensive journey, I had no idea how much my mandalas would become a topic of conversation. I gave one to the founder of the Institute. At the end of the training, an artist came to speak. Afterward, I had a conversation with her. She said that I really need to cultivate the art of my mandalas and even incorporate them into my meditation work. People in my course also asked about them and wondered if I sold them.
I had no idea that would happen. I was sure I would be able to demonstrate my love of writing or my penchant for poetry. Or that I could “do websites.” None of that was relevant. The mandalas stood out on their own. Now I know that I need to do something with them.
It’s funny how others can point out things about yourself that you don’t even see, despite a meditative practice.
The last thing is that my website isn’t secular. It’s spiritual. I’m on a deeply spiritual journey. I would like to keep going with my website here. However, a few folks pointed out that it might be better to have a “secular-minded” website if I am to teach a secular form of meditation. I want to be able to reach anyone who wants to learn, not necessarily just spiritual types of folks.
Fellow meditation teachers work with veterans, seniors, schools, parents, children and more. I don’t want to alienate people who might be turned off by my website title.
On the flip side, I also want to attract a tribe of folks who are open enough to understand that I am on an inner journey. I live it, breathe it, and try to espouse it.
If I create a new site, it would be linked to this one. If I don’t and just stick with this one, I’ll need to do some revamping so that it’s clear about what I do. For sure, some have pointed out that I do a little bit of a lot of things here. Yes, I know this is true. I do a little bit of a lot of things in my general life, too. This site is a reflection of that.
Transformation and Gratitude
All in all, it was a transformative experience. I learned a lot about myself in a place that’s known for its spiritual energy and power. I have some things to think about, but they are good things. Powerful things.
Thank you so much – all of you – for your support, loving comments and shares over the last three entries. It’ll take a bit, but I’ll make it around to where you are and return those comments and shares. I appreciate you, from the bottom of my heart!