The school for meditation is a place to find what you need to succeed in meditation and is a resource for anything and everything you want to know about the practice of going within. Our approach is universal and simple;
"It does not matter how you do it ...as long as you do it"
The way we teach going
within and approaches how to learn the practice is open and
multifaceted. Rather than teaching you a technique from a particular
belief or teaching, we focus on
You see in one sense it really does not matter how you do it. As long as you do it!
Over the past 27 years many people have asked me, "What is the best meditation technique?" This question has kept me busy for years on end. When I respond to questions my intention is to bring more light to an area, i.e free us, not bind us more. After years of practicing myself, exploring the many ways of going within, teaching different practices and teaching instructors I have come to realize something important:
"Meditation techniques and exercises can be very helpful in learning how to meditate...
and at the same time they can hinder you from going deeper within"
When we are going within we want to be open and receptive to how we are being guided. There are so many ways and techniques as there are people. If we are not receptive to what to use when, we might end up with a technique, stuck in a 'rut', missing out on the so much more that is available when we go within.
I recommend taking on a practice that supports us being open minded and allows for the different ways of opening up to occur, so we will be able to continuously go deeper.
Meditation has entered the mainstream of our Modern Western Culture over the last 50 years. It has become widely accepted and prescribed in the medical world, and practiced in the
We all know by now that to go within is something good and the benefits can be very great. Still, misconceptions prevent many people from succeeding or even trying.
If you have the desire to practice but for some reason you have not started yet, or you have started and you are challenged with keeping up your practice, most likely it is a misconception or a false belief that is in the way.
The many misconceptions can prevent us from practicing or even starting. It is important to familiarize ourselves with the different misconceptions and myths that are out there and see which ones might be influencing us. I want to give you an example:
"Meditation is NOT a way of making your mind quiet.
It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there — buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day."
Awareness about this misconception can save ua much suffering when we take up a practice.
You can read more about the misconceptions in one of our following articles: 10 Myths About Meditation.
What is the truth about it?
Does it really work? Can I benefit from it?
Meditation can be whatever we want it to be, but when it becomes part of our life style, a way of being, it can be the ultimate tool for self empowerment, God conscious living and ultimate freedom.
There are as many approaches to the ancient practice as there are people on earth. So what is the right thing to believe about a practice? One of the teachers that influenced me most said it beautifully:
"It's better not to think from the perspective of,
what is the right thing to believe about meditation, or God or the universe,
what is it that I can understand about the simple practice of going within?"
One thing is certain; the practice of going within is more than any one person’s concept of what it is, or should be.
The more skills we have that help us to go within, the more we are likely to benefit from any practice, and the less likely we will be blocked by a rigid idea of what our practice should be limited to.
The guides at the school embrace this open minded and all inclusive approach.
Practicing going within has become mainstream and is accepted as a way to relax, deal with stress, calm the mind, heal the body,mind and soul, and furthers ones spiritual connection.
Some scientists believe that in a generation's time, we will see meditation as being as essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle as diet and exercise.
Thanks to all the research done today and all the literature and accounts available from many meditation experts, we know now how to teach the art of going within in a way that anyone can benefit.
There is an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence that the benefits of meditative practices are indeed valid. New research has shown that a practice can physically change the brain. One can rewire the way the brain fires and several studies suggest that these changes through meditation can make you happier, less stressed and even nicer to other people. It can help you control your eating habits and even reduce chronic pain, all the while without taking prescription medication.
The good news is that physicians have increasingly started prescribing the practice instead of pills to benefit their patients. A Harvard Medical School report released in May 2014 found that more than 6 million Americans had been recommended to start practicing by conventional health care providers.
Research also showed that when people practice going within they were much nicer and pleasant to be with. Chuck Raison, a professor at Emory University, conducted a study in which he hooked up microphones to participants who had been taught a basic practice and those who hadn't. He then recorded them at random over a period of time. Raison found that these newly-trained meditators used less harsh language than people who had no meditation experience.
"They were more empathic with people," Raison said. "They were spending more time with other people. They laugh more, you know, all those things. They didn't use the word 'I' as much. They use the word 'we' more."
The Dalai Lama accredits most of his ability to be balanced and equiposed to his own practice and also spoke that it is not the silver bullet cure-all for every ailment or emotion.
The Dalai Lama also said that going within takes patience.