I don’t do one-on-one instruction, but I do have a network of teachers I recommend: Hokai Sobol, Lama Rod Owens, Avi Craimer, Jude Star, Emily and Vincent Horn. My own teacher Shinzen Young – along with his protege, my friend Julianna Raye – train meditation coaches via their Unified Mindfulness teacher training program. If you scroll down their website you can find a list of qualified coaches.
There are also many good meditation apps out there. I recommend Insight Timer (free, many guided practices), and the two apps I make meditations for: 10% Happier (smartly curated and sane, plus their subscription fee includes support from a team of experienced instructors) and Calm (they work hard to live up to their name, with soothing soundscapes in addition to guided meditations).
I appreciate these and other apps because I personally struggle with structure in my practice. Having short meditations on my phone is like having mini-structure I can access anywhere; I just hit play and pour my mind inside.
Meditation can be empowering and healing. So can community and social support. You learn tips from others, and just hanging out with an open-minded group of fellow explorers can make life better. I do this virtually via my free weekly Do Nothing Project broadcast on YouTube, and sometimes live or virtually via the Consciousness Explorers Clubs (CEC) in Toronto.
The CEC also offers a free “Community Practice Activation Kit” that is all about encouraging people to start their own practice groups, in a way that’s uniquely responsive to their local needs and context. The kit includes tips on how to write and guide meditation, how to work with meditation-related challenges, and other practical information.
The subject of “practice” is of course much larger than meditation-only. Occasionally I send out short reflections on practice called “The Equanimist Pages” – you can sign up for these here, and also visit me on Facebook and Instagram.
Finally, although I cannot respond to all the people who reach out, I do try to read every email. I especially enjoy reading brief stories about how people have been helped by practice – ie, the unique way practice has impacted your unique life.
Thank you for your practice, and good luck on all future explorations!