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Course Syllabus: Meditation 101: Learn How to Meditate


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Course Description


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. 

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

 

  • 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

Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

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.

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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Assessment Guide

An Introduction5
Lesson 1: What is Meditation?10
Lesson 2: Why Meditate?9
Lesson 3 Assignment25
Lesson 3: Proper Physical Space for Meditation10
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4: Mindfulness of Breathing9
Lesson 5 Assignment10
Lesson 5: Proper Meditation Postures10
Lesson 6: Health Benefits of Meditation10
Lesson 7: History of Meditation10
Lesson 8: Meditation and Religion10
Lesson 9 Assignment10
Lesson 9: Path to Enlightenment10
Lesson 10 Assignment10
Lesson 10: Meditation Techniques10
Lesson 11 Assignment10
Lesson 11: Meditation and Yoga10
Lesson 12 Assignment10
Lesson 12: Daily and Weekly Meditation: Morning Pages and Artist’s Dates10
The Final Exam56
Total Points:279
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