Posted by pegasus on February 5, 2004, at 12:00:11
In reply to Re: Learning to like yourself » pegasus, posted by Penny on February 5, 2004, at 8:33:47
Well, again, I've only just started this myself. But I've found getting instructions in a verbal way to be really helpful. Jack Kornfield, who is a pretty respected meditation teacher, has a CD called Beginning to Meditate. He's Buddhist, but the CD isn't about becoming Buddhist. It's just about meditating. I gave it to my mom (a Catholic) for Xmas last year, and she loved it. So that's a good place to start. You can buy the CD on Amazon or directly from Sounds True (the publisher). Jack Kornfield also did this really interesting longer audio program called The Roots of Buddhist Psychology that I found incredibly helpful. Again, I'm not a Buddhist, but a lot of Buddhist psychology makes a ton of sense to me, and I've found it to be - really - even more helpful than therapy.
Aside form that, in a lot of cities there are meditation centers that offer instruction. Shambhala is a big organization that has centers in many cities. They have a "secular" meditation instruction program as well. I've done a few of their weekends, and they were pretty good, although very scary (to me) at first just because it was so different than anything I'd done before, and there were all these other people that I was worried I wouldn't have anything in common with. But it turned out ok.
I hope that helps. Feel free to ask any questions, and I can try to answer.