Natural Meditation Initiatives
Natural Meditation Initiatives will help people learn basic meditation theory and technique and enjoy a fruitful lifelong relationship with meditation. The Initiatives will help raise the level of understanding in the public about the natural human capacity for meditative awareness and the possibilities for practicing meditation in a culturally neutral format. Information and training will be made as accessible as possible through open, free and welcoming methods.
Natural Meditation Initiatives (NMI) is a coordinated set of community service projects oriented to raising the "meditative literacy" of individuals and the public at all levels of society. Meditative literacy consists of theoretical knowledge about the nature of meditation, the ability to practice meditation and the ability to maintain a practice of meditation in daily life. Knowledge of meditation becomes an issue of public awareness, or literacy, in individuals when they have:
•experienced the beneficial role of meditation in their own lives
•learned that the foundation of meditation exists by nature in all people
•believed that all people have a right to know about their own innate ability to benefit from meditation
Although NMI offers a specific method called Natural Meditation, the aim is not to increase the number of people practicing this particular form of meditation. Rather, the objective is to increase public and individual awareness about the natural human capacity for meditation. In order to succeed in this objective, NMI must do more than talk and write about meditation; it must enable new investigators of the subject to become proficient in the art of meditation. Therefore, the Initiatives provide instruction and self-paced learning resources in Natural Meditation, a method that is
•effective in eliciting the natural human capacity for meditative awareness, and
•welcoming and freely accessible to people of all cultures, religions and philosophies
NMI is grounded in respect for the individual.
This includes a respect for the sovereignty of the human spirit and a respect for the ability of animated,
awake individuals to learn and to succeed. The Initiatives do not, therefore, create hierarchies or authorities
with respect to adult learning or education. They honor human freedom, individual autonomy and self-actualization
more highly than the promotion of any particular set of ideas, facts or beliefs. NMI actively supports the
holistic development of individuals.
Privacy: Natural Meditation Initiatives (NMI) receives only such
personal information from individuals as they freely choose to supply, and
generally only through the process of providing services or selling products.
Personally identifying information supplied to NMI is never disclosed except as
may be required by law.