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I am new to the world of meditation and also to this forum. I really like to learn more about meditation. I've been practicing mindfulness meditation using these tapes online http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22 . They've been very helpful guiding me, since I never have really meditate before in my life. They also have helped me feel less stressed.
But today I was telling me sister she should try them out and she said that you can't really meditate unless you have a teacher or go to a class. I learned she was talking about transcendental meditation, but then it sort of made me think if it is necessary a to have a instructor mindfulness meditation. And I started doubting everything (something I usually do when someone disagrees with me.)
Honestly, even though I have notice I feel more peaceful, I feel a little insecure about the practices I am doing because I have a lot of questions regarding this practice. But I also, for some reason, don't feel ready yet to want to start with a teacher. Being around new people or in new situations are stressful for me so I rather do it by myself for a while.
So anyways, do I need a teacher? Is it necessary?