The San Francisco State University health education professor is the author of a study that encourages new meditators to find the method of meditation they are most comfortable with in order to get fulfilling results.
Why did you decide to conduct this study?
I’ve been meditating and teaching meditation for a while. I’m intellectually curious about the traditions I’ve studied. Mostly, I want people to understand that one size does not fit all. We need to recognize that there are many forms of meditation that may have different benefits. People just need to find out which form best suits them.
Do you think it’s important for everyone to practice meditation?
No. For a lot of people, meditation is a tremendous tool that can help people with physical needs, stress and inner exploration. I would recommend it for most people, but it’s not for everybody.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about trying out meditation?
Don’t let yourself get discouraged. One of the reasons people get discouraged with anything in life is their lack of confidence and perceived competence. There are so many varieties of meditation, and you have options. Explore different methods and find out which one works best for you.