Trust takes time to develop in relationships. You can’t expect to meet people and immediately trust them. You need to see how they behave, what they say, and how they treat you and others. With time, with patience, trust grows. And with that growing trust, the relationships deepen, mature and become more meaningful. A relationship that lacks in trust has little beauty. With trust comes warmth, friendship and a feeling of connection – you feel at ease and comfortable in a trusting relationship. Your relationship with meditation is similar.
The benefits of mindfulness is now well documented. Research is very encouraging about the beneficial effects of mindfulness practices on stress reduction, health benefits, relaxation, mental health problems, education etc.
Anything that has become popular in mainstream media is subject to misinterpretation. You have to be careful to consider the promises of variations of mindfulness and choose that which suits you the best. Developing a basic trust in yourself and your feelings is a integral part of meditation training. It is far better to trust your own intuition and wisdom than trust some authority or guru, however influential or powerful they may be. This is completely contrary to the spirit of meditation, which emphasizes becoming your own person and understanding what it means to be yourself.
In practising mindfulness, you are practising taking responsibility for being yourself and learning to listen to and trust your own being. The more you cultivate this trust in your own being, the easier you will find it will be to trust other people and perceive their basic goodness.