1. You founded the YogaLife Institute, and your previous book (The Pure Heart of Yoga) focused on yoga. Your new book, Meditation for Your Life, focuses on different styles of meditation. Why now a book on meditation?
2. Many people often think of meditation as a one-size-fits-all type of practice, yet Meditation for Your Life introduces six different types of meditation. From where do these six different types originate?
What to write on Meditation that wasn’t written? Traditional Yogis believe in teaching in the one-to-one format and only practices that relate to each student’s life. With meditation, the adept yogi is to know all the methods of meditation and teach the student the one best for his/her disposition.
I figured it was time to simplify the hundreds of meditation exercises into categories that summarize the type of mental processing. After weeks of research, these six were born. The YogaLife Institute has taught this program for years now, and feel that these categories are solid (that is not just me speaking, but our instructors and students as well). The six categories are:
3. How does one determine what style of meditation is right for them? Is there any harm in using the "wrong" style of meditation?
However, just knowing that there is choice helps. If you are continually failing with meditation, you may give up. It is worth it to spend some time experimenting with other methods, no longer than a few sessions each. You will quickly notice that your mind quiets more with one type over another.
So, there is no wrong meditation practicethere is just a better fit for you. Remember that as your life situations change, your optimal meditation practice may vary (but that is usually every few years).
4. Why is meditation important to our everyday lives?
5. I've never before engaged in meditation. Is it easy to do? Is previous experience required?
6. What do you hope readers will take away from Meditation for Your Life?
Robert Butera, MDiv, PhD (Devon, PA), founded YogaLife Institute in Pennsylvania, where he trains yoga teachers and Comprehensive Yoga Therapists. Robert's PhD at CA Institute of Integral Studies focused on Yoga Therapy. He ...