Finding a Meditation Teacher
As far as beginning a meditation journey is concerned, you don’t have to worry too much; just begin. Listen to videos, start practicing it. Just try it out on your own. In the journey, in the process, you will connect with some teachers.
You will connect with people. Keep in touch with the community; keep in touch with the idea of meditation. Keep exploring and keep reading.
The teacher will not find you. You will have to find the teacher. The teachers are simply there. Nowadays they are doing a lot of marketing. Trust me when I say this, “We’re doing a lot of marketing.” Still, it’s all about the student.
The student has to find the teacher and he/she must have the willingness to learn.
This deep desire to find a teacher and surrender to the process of spiritual awakening is slowly disappearing. The desire is there, but since it’s not strong–anything and everything–even a small negative criticism from people around, turns people off. They might be going to a teacher and they might be learning, but if there’s even one streak of negativity, they drop off.
It’s not going to make much difference to the teacher, but it’s going to make a lot of difference to you. It is not easy to find a meditation teacher who you can trust, and begin this wonderful inner journey, but you’ll have to keep searching.
In a spiritual way, you have to keep searching for those signs, and you have to go and meet the teacher. It cannot just be online searching; it cannot just be reading books. The best way to know if you have found the teacher is to actually be with the teacher.