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, fist and foremost, 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 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.
- Lesson 1: What is Meditation?
- Lesson 2: Why Meditate?
- Lesson 3: Proper Physical Space for Meditation
- Lesson 4: Mindfulness of Breathing
- Lesson 5: Proper Meditation Postures
- Lesson 6: Health Benefits of Meditation
- Lesson 7: History of Meditation
- Lesson 8: Meditation and Religion
- Lesson 9: Path to Enlightenment
- Lesson 10: Meditation Techniques
- Lesson 11: Meditation and Yoga
- Lesson 12: Daily and Weekly Meditation: Morning Pages and Artist's Dates
Each lesson will include a written and practice assignment that will directly apply what you have learned.
A brief 25 point quiz will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course by earning an overall grade of 70% or higher.
|Lesson 1: What is Meditation?||10|
|Lesson 2: Why Meditate?||9|
|Lesson 3 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 3: Proper Physical Space for Meditation||10|
|Lesson 4 Assignment||25|
|Lesson 4: Mindfulness of Breathing||9|
|Lesson 5 Assignment||10|
|Lesson 5: Proper Meditation Postures||10|
|Lesson 6: Health Benefits of Meditation||10|
|Lesson 7: History of Meditation||10|
|Lesson 8: Meditation and Religion||10|
|Lesson 9 Assignment||10|
|Lesson 9: Path to Enlightenment||10|
|Lesson 10 Assignment||10|
|Lesson 10: Meditation Techniques||10|
|Lesson 11 Assignment||10|
|Lesson 11: Meditation and Yoga||10|
|Lesson 12 Assignment||10|
|Lesson 12: Daily and Weekly Meditation: Morning Pages and Artist’s Dates||10|
|The Final Exam||56|
- Correct Postures in Meditation
- The Role of Religion in Meditation
- How to Prepare for Meditation
- Meditation Basics
- Top Techniques for Achieving Meditation
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