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Choose Your Mindfulness Learning Method

By Shamash Alidina, Joelle Jane Marshall

Discovering and integrating mindfulness into your life is similar to starting on a long journey. The first stage in the mindfulness journey is to find out about mindfulness. Do you prefer to learn from just reading a book such as this one or to complement the experience with further support? If so, you may consider:

  • An online course.

  • A workshop.

  • A course in person with a teacher.

  • One-to-one coaching with an expert, on the phone or in-person.

Your choice depends on what you’ve preferred in the past, your budget, how much time you have and so on. You may just decide to read this book and use the audio to begin with — that’s a perfectly good way to start.

Go with whichever option you prefer and let the process unfold naturally. Just as planning a trip isn’t the trip itself, so planning to practice mindfulness isn’t mindfulness! Until you have a go and see what effect the mindfulness has, you haven’t started. You’re close if you’re planning, but not quite there yet.

Mindfulness isn’t something new for you to learn; it’s the rediscovery of a world you used to live in as a child, with the added wisdom of experience. Mindfulness is an innate quality in every human being, and you experience mindfulness from time to time in your daily life. Each time you really see a sunset, marvel at the beauty of your baby, take a deep conscious breath or listen to piece of music, you’re being mindful.

Evaluate your experience of past learning methods. This exercise can help you to decide what would be the best method for you to learn mindfulness.

Deciding How You Want to Learn
Method of Learning Have You Tried this Learning Method Before? If so, for Learning
How Effective was the Learning Method for Me?
Weekly group course
Half-day workshop
Weekend workshop
Anything else