How to Learn to Meditate

Would you like to learn to meditate but feel unsure about how to go about it and even if it’s worth the time and effort?

In my quest to overcome a lifelong dance with depression I’m learning about and practicing mindfulness and meditation daily. In a relatively short period of time I’ve gone from highly skeptical to total excitement because my online research has found scientific that mediation does work to control, ease or end depression.

If you’re new to meditation and looking for tips start by reading my post about How to Learn to Meditate which includes five dos and don’ts to help you learn to meditate with fewer worries that you’re doing it wrong.

I also highly recommend you read the The Mindful Way through Depression book to help you understand the cause of your depression, why it may be getting worse rather than better the more you try to fix yourself and how you can change your brain to control or beat depression.

The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness comes with a CD including eight guided mindfulness meditations for you to listen to and an overview of an eight week program you can follow by yourself.

It’s co-authored by four global mediation experts:

Mark Williams, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at University of Oxford, United Kingdom. With Drs. Segal and Teasdale, he authored Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, a bestselling book for professionals.

John Teasdale, PhD, has held senior research appointments in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, and in the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Zindel Segal, PhD, is the Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto and Head of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a bestselling author, scientist, and meditation teacher. He is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

I hope those tips and links will help you learn to meditate and am looking forward to sharing my journey more here.