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Meditation 101: Learn How to Meditate


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Meditation is a practice by which a person achieves a greater sense of awareness, wisdom, introspection, and a deeper sense of relaxation.  Practiced for millennia, it is the discipline of concentrating on a single object, thought, sound, movement, or on attention itself.  Many people meditate to achieve a greater sense of spiritual awareness and understanding of their professed religion, but it can be practiced by anyone regardless of their religious beliefs and background. 

 


In this course, we will explore the various techniques of meditation, such as sitting, standing, and yoga.  Becoming aware of your thoughts, surroundings, sounds, smells, bodily movements, and especially your breath are fundamental techniques of meditation.  The basic objective is to be present – here and now.  It is the act of being precisely in the moment, neither controlling your mind rigidly nor letting it go completely, but being aware of who you are and where you are. 

 

Meditation is about being comfortable and at peace.  As we explore the several techniques of practicing meditation, you can pick and choose those practices that make you most comfortable.  It is important to leave your preconceived notions of meditation behind you, keep an open mind, and be willing to learn the art of meditation. 

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define meditation and recognize its benefits.
  • Define proper physical space for meditation.
  • Demonstrate mindfulness of breathing.
  • Demonstrate proper meditation postures.
  • Describe health benefits of meditation.
  • Know history of meditation.
  • Know meditation and religion.
  • Describe path to enlightenment.
  • Demonstrate meditation techniques.
  • Know meditation and yoga, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 
 

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Lesson 1: What is Meditation?

Meditation is a practice by which a person achieves a greater sense of awareness, wisdom, introspection, and a deeper sense of relaxation. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Meditate; Meditation
  • Take Poll: Meditation
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: What is Meditation?

Lesson 2: Why Meditate?

For the last 5,000 years, people have practiced meditation for a variety of reasons, including the achievement of a higher sense of awareness, a deeper relaxation, better health, and peace of mind. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Meditation Benefits; Why Meditate?
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Why Meditate?

Lesson 3: Proper Physical Space for Meditation

Before we start to explore the techniques of our meditation practices, we must first ensure that we set up the proper environment for our daily meditation. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Meditation Space; Meditation Music; Incense in Meditation
  • Take Poll: Meditation Space
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Proper Physical Space for Meditation

Lesson 4: Mindfulness of Breathing

All human beings need to breathe to stay alive. It can be said, then, that we live when we are breathing. But, most of us who are in good health take breathing for granted. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Breathing; Meditation Breathing
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Mindfulness of Breathing

Lesson 5: Proper Meditation Postures

Maintaining the right posture during your meditation practice is important for several reasons. Most importantly, good posture is necessary to protect your back from injury or strain. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Meditation Poses; Postures
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Proper Meditation Postures

Lesson 6: Health Benefits of Meditation

Meditation has been practiced for centuries, and throughout history, practitioners have espoused its many healthful benefits. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Meditation and Stress
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Health Benefits of Meditation

Lesson 7: History of Meditation

There is strong evidence to suggest that meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Archeological finds from prehistoric times, especially Indian texts, contain references to many different forms of meditation. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: History of Meditation; Meditation History
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: History of Meditation

Lesson 8: Meditation and Religion

We have learned in this course that meditation leads to a higher level of consciousness and awareness. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Meditation and Hinduism; Religion and Meditation
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Meditation and Religion

Lesson 9: Path to Enlightenment

The Noble Eightfold Path, the teachings of the Buddha, lays out the path to the end of suffering. "The middle way," as it is often described, is a series of principles and guidelines which aid in the development of the Self. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Gradual Path to Enlightenment; Meditation and the Path to Enlightenment; Meditation For Enlightenment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Path to Enlightenment

Lesson 10: Meditation Techniques

In this lesson, we shall explore techniques for effective Meditation. These techniques can be used by both beginners and expert practitioners. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: 108 Meditation Techniques
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Meditation Techniques

Lesson 11: Meditation and Yoga

As we have seen throughout this course, meditation does not simply involve sitting down and remaining perfectly still. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: How Can Yoga Help Your Meditation Practice; Yoga and Meditation; Mudras
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Meditation and Yoga

Lesson 12: Daily and Weekly Meditation: Morning Pages and Artist's Dates

We have seen throughout this course that meditation is about finding the way to the truth--the truth about ourselves and our world. Through the practice of meditation, we achieve a higher level of self-awareness and understanding. 91 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Meditation in the Morning; Morning Meditation
  • Take Poll: Morning Pages
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Daily and Weekly Meditation: Morning Pages and Artist’s Dates
  • Complete: The Final Exam
479
Total Course Points

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Course Title: Meditation 101: Learn How to Meditate
Course Number: 7550359
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Eston Dunn, MS, LMT
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