Ways to Learn to Meditate

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Do you want to learn to meditate, but don’t know how to start? We’ve made it easy for you. Simple, Easy, Every Day (SEED) Meditation can be learned in as little as 2½ hours, and is a perfect method for anyone, whether you are new to meditation, or simply want…

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At MMI, we believe a new meditator should be mentored by an experienced professional; someone who can take the mystery out of meditation and mindfulness and make it accessible to everyone, regardless of their cultural beliefs or religious traditions. Find a teacher near you…

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Primordial Sound Meditation

Primordial Sound Meditation is a silent mantra meditation technique originating in the ancient wisdom of India. This form of meditation was revitalized by Dr. Deepak Chopra, best-selling author of over 50 mind/body/health books. At its most basic level, everything in the universe…

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Anyone can have the experience of meditation whether they’re new to meditation or already have an ongoing practice. Come to any of these programs at the McLean Meditation Institute, 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona…

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Many people desire a meaningful vacation—that’s the aim of meditation retreats. Whether for a day, a weekend, or even a whole month, a meditation retreat is a period of time away from your everyday activities, distractions, and responsibilities. During this retreat you have…

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Learn to Meditate

Do you want to learn to meditate, but don’t know how to start? We’ve made it easy for you. Simple, Easy, Every Day (SEED) Meditation can be learned in as little as 2½ hours, and is a perfect method for anyone, whether you are new to meditation, or simply want to get back on track with your practice.

Most of us are overstimulated and over scheduled, which leads to mental, emotional, and physical stress. Stress is a direct result of our out-of-balance lifestyles. Reports indicate that over 80% of all doctor visits are due to stress-related complaints, such as anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, allergies, digestive disorders, inability to focus, and fatigue.

Meditation is the antidote to stress. And anyone can learn to meditate. Don’t have any experience? Don’t worry! If you can think a thought, you can meditate. And you don’t have to change your diet, your religion, or your beliefs. You don’t have to stop thinking or clear your mind. You simply must have the desire to do it and then commit to a short, daily practice. You will notice the benefits unfolding naturally and effortlessly. But knowing about meditation will not give you the benefits—doing it will.

Each person has their own reason for learning to meditate. Whatever your intention, let it serve as the seed that will be nourished by the deep silence and potential that meditation brings. As this seed grows, your meditation practice will cultivate inner peace, creativity, inspiration, harmonious relationships, fulfillment, better health, and more self-awareness.

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15oct1:00 pm- 4:00 pmSimple, Easy, Every Day (SEED) Meditation Class with Sarah McLean

29oct10:00 am- 1:00 pmSimple, Easy, Every Day (SEED) Meditation Class with Joy Nanda

5nov10:00 am- 1:00 pmSimple, Easy, Every Day (SEED) Meditation Class with Sarah McLean

  • From the first opportunity I met her I knew that Sarah could help me to learn to do what she does—help others realize their full potential. Sarah helped me to translate my thoughts and ideas into action. By working with her I discovered exactly what I was longing to do—help women discover God's purpose for their lives!

    Kelly Cook Rimrock, Arizona
  • My intention was to give myself a meaningful weekend to honor myself. Not only did I honor myself, I had the most incredible, transformational experience of my life.

    Julie Burillo Retreat Participant
  • Your meditation class was an amazing experience that I will not forget. After meditating with you, I haven’t ever felt like that in my whole life. Thank you.

    Lois Scottsdale, Arizona
  • After taking the meditation program, I am more clear of what I need and want, and more trusting of my inner voice. I no longer take anti-depressants which I have been on for years. I feel more secure in my self and my life.

    Judy F. Counselor

Primordial Sound Meditation

Primordial Sound Meditation is a silent mantra meditation technique originating in the ancient wisdom of India. This form of meditation was revitalized by Dr. Deepak Chopra, best-selling author of over 50 mind/body/health books. At its most basic level, everything in the universe is sound or vibration. We are surrounded by sounds. Primordial Sounds are the basic, most essential sounds of nature—the sound of the wind in the trees, the waves on the beach, the beat of your heart. Sound is used in healing in many ways. We may hear sounds, make sounds, or think by using our “inner ear.” Mantras are often called primordial sounds.

Primordial Sound Meditation is easily learned in a full-day session during which your instructor will introduce you to the basic principles of meditation, its history, and its importance. You’ll learn the practical aspects of meditation, share your experience, receive answers to any questions, and meditate with your instructor. You will also learn about higher states of consciousness. The mantras used in Primordial Sound Meditation are unique. Using ancient Vedic mathematics, your primordial sound will be individually selected, chosen for you based on your time and location of birth, and the universal vibration present at that moment. The mantra you’ll learn will incorporate that primordial sound, and you will learn to use it silently.

During this practice, your mind becomes quiet, and because your mind and body are truly connected, your body can settle down and gain the deep rest necessary to release stress and fatigue. When you use your personal mantra it serves as a vehicle to connect you with deeper aspects of your awareness. This program includes the course materials you will need, and will include:

  • An introduction to meditation.
  • Meditation techniques for stress reduction.
  • Learning your personalized mantra.
  • A private meditation instruction session.
  • Group meditations.
  • How to create your own personal practice.
  • A lesson on higher states of consciousness.
Primordial Sound Meditation at the Chopra Center

Four Ways to Learn to Meditate at the McLean Meditation Institute

FAQs About Meditation

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a name given to the many techniques that turn your attention inward. There are different styles of meditation, and each one asks us to engage or focus our attention. You may have heard of some of these styles, including visualization, contemplation, walking, chanting, watching your breath, and silent mantra meditation. There are still others.

Meditation techniques have been practiced for thousands of years—originally to allow one to deepen their understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. Though meditation may still be spiritual for some, the practice is not necessarily religious in nature.

Meditation is now becoming mainstream, probably due to the high amounts of stress our modern lives can create. It is practiced by millions of people around the world. The meditations you will learn with the McLean Meditation Institute are secular in nature. And you don’t have to change your beliefs, diet, clothes, or religion to practice them.

Meditation is not about forcing your mind to be quiet. It is a process that allows one to rediscover the quietness that is already there and ever present. Behind the constant dialogue of our mind, there is a silence, a pure awareness which is not disturbed by thoughts of the past or concerns of the future. This field of silence is what we access when we meditate.

If you turn your attention to the one who is reading this, you’ll notice a presence. That presence or awareness is the real you. It is not your body. It is not your mind. It is you. With a regular practice of meditation you can live with more “awareness of your awareness,” and this will cultivate a sense of inner peace and balance in your life.

Meditation is easy if you are taught correctly. It is not about stopping thought—that’s nearly impossible. Meditation is a technique that takes you beyond thought, transcending thought, to find the quiet that is already there.

Whichever type of meditation you choose, when done correctly, allows your body to reach a naturally-occurring state of rest. According to research, this rest is different from sleep. This rest is much deeper, and at the same time, you are more alert. It is sometimes called the state of restful alertness.

Why do people learn to meditate?

The reasons one choses to meditate are as unique as that individual. Some of the reasons people decide to incorporation meditation into their daily life are:

  • To find their purpose in life.
  • To find happiness.
  • To be healthier, and to feel better.
  • To get through a tough transition (a job change, divorce, death of a loved one, health challenge, etc.).
  • To be clearer, and to improve their ability to focus and make better decisions.
  • To find that something that is missing from their life, sometimes even when they have everything that they thought they wanted.
  • To increase their creativity.
  • To increase their level of relaxation and confidence.
  • To decrease or prevent stress.
  • To treat a physical or emotional disease, which activates a healing response.
  • To prevent disease.
  • To treat depression.
  • To feel more connected to everyone and everything.
  • To escape a sense of suffering.
  • As a response to the calling of their own spirit.
  • To become more intuitive or sensitive.
  • To discover other aspects of themselves.
  • To find a connection to God or a higher power.
  • To improve their relationships.
  • To activate the law of intention and attraction.
  • To be more attractive.
Why should I meditate?

When you set aside time each day to meditate the benefits of meditation will unfold naturally. Even a few minutes of meditation here and there can help your day to be more harmonious. You’ll find your life is better, your relationships, and your work seem more fulfilling. You might find you are getting to know yourself better, feel better, and make better choices.

Many people meditate to experience inner peace and to find meaning and purpose in their lives. For a growing number of people—perfectly healthy people—meditation is used as a means of stress reduction and prevention. With a regular meditation practice you will cultivate a sense of inner peace and balance. It is a proven tool that allows each person to fully experience the life that they were meant to live. And while you are at it, you are helping to create world peace, one person at a time.

Can anyone learn how to meditate?

Anyone can learn to meditate. Professional athletes, teens, executives, retirees, doctors, engineers, musicians, and people from many other walks of life have taken our meditation courses. We even have success teaching those who are just curious, or who are coerced into taking the course by their spouse or parent. We find that everyone enjoys their experience learning to meditate, and can easily meditate after they learn.

What if I cannot clear my mind? Can I still learn to meditate?

We can teach you how to meditate even if you don’t think you can do it. We have taught many “Type-A” personalities, and those with very active minds. We have even taught people who have read books on meditation and listened to meditation tapes and still can’t seem to do it.

In the beginning of meditation practice, some feel they encounter a huge amount of mind chatter. This can be experienced as scattered thoughts, worrying, to-do lists, feelings, planning, and daydreams. But a common misconception about meditation is that you have to clear these thoughts from your mind. It is nearly impossible to willfully stop the mind from thinking. The nature of your mind is to think, just like the nature of your eyes is to see. Thinking is one of the many experiences you can have in meditation, and it is not a barrier to meditating correctly. That being said, you will eventually experience a state of “no thought,” but it is a natural experience, not one that you force.

Thoughts are actually a part of meditation, and can be a sign that stress is being released. Over time, as you practice meditation correctly, you’ll find that you can easily access more and more subtle levels of thinking, and more and more silence. Meditation is not about trying to control or eliminate our thoughts, feelings, or urges. Meditation is a practice, much like practicing a musical instrument. At first it may or may not be easy or enjoyable; with dedicated practice it will be.

If I sign up for a class, what meditation will I learn?

The McLean Meditation Institute programs are designed for any level of meditator—from those who have practiced some form of meditation on their own and want to add to their practice, to those who have never even tried to meditate before. All of our programs are secular and universal in nature.

We offer classes in Sedona, including Simple, Easy, Every Day (SEED) Meditation—a silent meditation technique that you can do every day for the rest of your life, or the Primordial Sound Meditation—a silent mantra meditation technique originating in the ancient wisdom of India. We’ll guide you every step of the way. All it takes from you is the willingness to sit down with your eyes closed and to be able to think a thought. We’ll teach you the rest. The benefits will be apparent with regular practice.