Yeah, that was me. I'd spent years thinking about meditating, reading articles about it and telling my friends how good it was. I even bought a meditation cushion. But I never got around to actually meditating. I tried to concentrate on those breathing exercises at the end of my yoga classes, but my mind kept wandering off to domestic tasks, jobs left undone, shopping lists to write etc. etc. etc.Read More
At first, I thought it was the weather – a wet week often sees student numbers drop at the yoga studio. Then the sun came out, but the students didn’t return.
In my heart of hearts, I knew why my students had gone. I was a rotten teacher. I hadn’t started off that way. My passion for sharing the healing magic of yoga had seen my classes numbers build, with many students coming back term after term.
But things had changed and I knew I wasn’t giving my students what they needed. I couldn’t. I had nothing left to give.
Virginia Woolf famously wrote that a woman needs a room of her own. She was talking about having a space in which to write fiction, but any woman who’s brain is scrambled by the demands of family and work will understand the appeal of a tranquil space in which to relax the body and calm the mind.
I’m on holiday with my family, and, after a week of 24/7 exposure to my very active children, I’m longing for a room of my own! I love my kids. I love my work. But I go mad if I don’t have the time to retreat into my own space and restore my inner balance.
What brings a clinical psychologist, a celebrant, a yoga teacher and a social worker together on a tropical island? They’ve all come to Bali to learn how to share meditation with their clients.
I’ve been running a 7 day Meditation Facilitator Certificate program in tranquil north Bali. After an early morning practice session, one of the participants tells me that several of her clients have been told by their doctor to learn meditation. “But they don't know where to start," she explained. "That’s why I’ve come here; so that I can teach them myself.”
As the benefits of meditation receive more and more media coverage, health practitioners are starting to recommend meditation to their clients – usually mindfulness meditation because it’s most often in the news.
But there’s a shortage of trained meditation teachers and many people don’t feel comfortable with online learning. Another participant on the Bali training works for a community services organization that recently delivered an online mindfulness program to staff. However, they found that technical difficulties and the inability to ask real-time questions prevented many people from experiencing the full benefits of the practice.Read More