Have you learned how to meditate yet?
Maybe now is the right time. Or if you've already learned to meditate but have let your practice slip, it might be time to jump-start it now.
Hi, I'm Sarah McLean, the founder of the McLean Meditation Institute in Sedona, Arizona. I've been meditating and teaching meditation for over 20 years. I've taught thousands of people--people just like you how to meditate.
Some come to learn to meditate because they've gotten a wake-up call: perhaps they've received a diagnosis, are in a job transition, have lost a loved one, or are going through some other transition in their life.
Others are looking for relief from feeling overwhelmed, or for a break from the constant companion of anxiety or depression. Some people want to learn to meditate to explore their spirituality. And then there are those who are simply curious!
Let’s face it: most of us are over-stimulated and over-scheduled - mentally, emotionally, and physically. Stress is very often due to our out-of-balance lifestyles and those not-so-nourishing choices we habitually make . . . and stress can cause many other problems, as well. Reports indicate that over 80% of all doctors' visits are due to stress-related complaints such as anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, allergies, digestive disorders, inability to focus, and fatigue.
Meditation has been called the perfect antidote for stress – it's like a reset button for your mind and body, and helps you to reduce stress and regain the balance that you yearn for.
It's always the perfect time to learn to meditate, and we at the McLean Meditation Institute can help when you are ready to learn. We'll teach you what we find to be a very effective technique: the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation Method.
Where should you start on your journey to self-discovery?
It all depends on you. Check out the programs MMI offers:
You can find plenty of opportunities to explore and experience meditation with us, including participating in a meditation gathering, taking a class in the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation™ method, joining a meditation retreat, or becoming certified to teach meditation. Check the calendar for a list of all the events coming up.
Some people want to take meditation one step at a time. They order the Meditate CD to start. On it you'll find instruction in meditation and three guided meditations I've recorded that listeners seem to find very powerful. You can listen to samples here for free.
Others order my best-selling meditation book to guide them step-by-step: Soul-Centered, Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation (Hay House)
Perhaps you want to dive right in and immerse yourself in meditation at a weekend retreat. We have many to choose from all over the U.S. and even one in the U.K.:
The Soul Radiance Retreat: a Self-Discovery and Meditation Retreat is now in its 9th year. It's a powerful meditation weekend offered in Sedona, Arizona Unity Village in Missouri, Oxford England, and at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Find out more about the Soul Radiance Retreat here.
The Creative Soul Writing Retreat is a women's meditation and creativity retreat offered in Sedona, Arizona, at the Earthfire Institute in Idaho, and at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Find out more about the Creative Soul Writing Retreat here.
Every one of the retreats begins with instruction in the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation™ method a technique anyone can learn to access deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and peace of mind.
You can learn to meditate in a half-day private or semi-private class. Meet with a certified instructor, (find an expert meditation instructor near you in the U.S. & Canada) and receive the guidance you need to establish an effective daily meditation routine that is universal and secular in nature. Find out more about the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation™ method.
Questions? Call (928) 204-0067
Visiting Sedona, Arizona?
Many people come to Sedona for spiritual renewal and rejuvenation. It's one of the most beautiful and spiritual places on earth.
When you are in Sedona, drop by the McLean Meditation Center, an enchanting and peaceful oasis in the heart of Sedona. Check out the meditation oasis and the exhibits of inspirational art and gifts that will delight your senses.
The Center is located at 411 State Route 179, at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road upstairs in the Garland building. Open daily (except Monday) from 1–5. Join us on for weekly meditation gatherings and discussions. Check the schedule here.
When you include learning how to meditate as part of your visit to Sedona, you'll leave with an experience that can transform your life. Contact us to help you make it happen. Visit this link for a guide of what to do when you are in Sedona.
Classes to Learn to Meditate offered by the McLean Meditation Institute:
Sign up for a class in the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation method. You won't need to wear different clothes, or sit for hours cross-legged in silence. You won't need to change your diet, your religion, your beliefs - nothing. Get started right away on a powerful daily practice with instant success!
Don't have any meditation experience? Don't worry. We'll take the mystery out of meditation and guide you every step of the way. If you can think a thought, you can meditate. You’ll simply need the willingness to take a short time out every day to do it: to sit down with your eyes closed and to think a thought or feel a feeling. Learn to meditate and discover a practice that you can do every day for the rest of your life. See when the next class is offered in Sedona. Or find a certified meditation teacher near you.
When you learn the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation method, these and other questions will be answered:
Do I have to clear my mind?
What happens if I have too many thoughts?
Can anyone meditate?
There are so many meditation methods out there, how do I know what kind of meditation to do?
What are the benefits to meditating?
Will meditation help me to heal?
What happens if I fall asleep or get bored?
What kind of experiences will I have?
How do I know if I am doing it right or if it’s working?
Do I have to meditate for hours on end? What if I don't have time?
We can even teach you to meditate if you don't think you can do it!
People from all walks of life learn to meditate and love it. Professional athletes, teens, corporate executives, retirees, doctors, students, judges, lawyers, architects, engineers, and musicians have taken our meditation courses. We’ve even successfully taught type-A personalities who say they are way too busy, and others who say, “I can’t quiet my mind.”
Read what students say about the McLean Meditation Institute's programs and retreats.
Meditation is the perfect way to unplug, unwind, and take a break - and it only takes a few minutes a day. Not surprisingly, taking a break from the fast pace of our lives can actually improve physical and mental health, relationships, and the ability to make better choices. Meditation will help you feel better almost immediately. It's like a mini vacation! You'll think more clearly and learn to change some of the habits that don't support you.
Even if you've read books on meditation or listened to meditation tapes and don't feel competent, you can learn how to meditate with us.
We've had success teaching those who are merely curious and even those who are coerced into taking the course by their spouses or parents! We find that everyone enjoys their experience in the meditation class and they can easily continue with meditation on their own.
Meditation is a great companion on your path of self-discovery and healing.
These days meditation is going mainstream and we're here to help you find out why.Are you looking for what's missing in your life or want to find an unshakable sense of peace -no matter what the world "out there" is up to? A daily practice of meditation allows just that. You'll learn to turn your attention inward and connect with who you really are, outside of your roles and responsibilities.
Meditators report that meditation also awakens their creativity and helps them to live a better life. Read more about the benefits of meditation here.