Don't worry, if you have no experience with meditation. When you meditate, you begin in the present moment, as innocently as you can.
One approach to meditation is called "beginner's mind." You do your best to come to each period of meditation as if it's your first time, free of past experiences or ideas about what meditation is. So, in a very real way, experience is not needed and inexperience is actually an asset!
If you already have experience with meditation, you'll have many opportunities to reconnect with your beginner's mind in ways that will refresh and strengthen your practice.
No Religious or Spiritual Belief Required
You don't need to have any spiritual or religious beliefs to practice meditation and mindfulness. All you need is an open mind, a willingness to do the practices and curiousity about what you experience when you do.
If you're here, you probably have some interest in how meditation can be part of positive changes you want to make. Meditation is a tool and a path you can explore for deep and lasting personal transformation.
One thing you do need for meditation to "work" on you, is a willingness to see and do some things differently. There's a saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.
If you're like many people, you may come to meditation because you're stressed, unhappy, ungrounded or even in despair. Still, when you're asked to try doing something differently–like watching your thoughts without judging them or following your breath–you might not see the point and resist doing it. I know because I've done this myself many, many times.
But, if you are curious and willing to explore, you'll do well. Meditation practices will help you rediscover ways of knowing and being that are covered by the habits of a lifetime–many of which no longer help you.
I look forward to exploring with you.
"Throughout the course, Ann kept the instruction grounded and relevant, and delivered the content with kindness, clarity and humour." OM STUDENT