Mindfulness meditation feels good! Enroll right now to find a whole new way of being mindful that feels great, all day long.
You've already studied mindfulness meditation and felt some benefit, but YOU KEEP FORGETTING to be mindful, don't you, when you're out doing stuff, right?
You're not reaching the 'Gold Standard' of Mindfulness!
The 'gold standard' of mindfulness is staying mindful while you do things.
So where are you going wrong, and why you aren't enjoying your mindfulness all day long?
The answer is catching yourself the moment a new stimulus or idea arrives, and bridging that gap so you stay mindful while you do stuff. That's the real goal for mindfulness.
This video course shows you in easy steps how to bridge that gap, and provides a practice road-map, so you can enjoy being mindful all day long!
Here's the deal, most mindfulness meditation practise works like this:
Be conscious of yourself, be present in the moment, and non-judgementally take stock of what your mind and body are telling you.
There are many different ways to learn mindfulness meditation, ranging from awareness of the breath to focusing on compassion or loving kindness.
The benefits of mindfulness include less stress and anxiety, greater confidence, and living your life to the full.
And it's simple enough, if you practice your mindfulness meditation – you've already found that out, right?
But I'll bet my bottom dollar you keep drifting off when you're following your breath. And most of the day you're not mindful at all – more like mind-dull! All those hours spent in mindfulness meditation for only a little benefit. And is it really, honestly helping you, right now, when you're using a computer or screen, or even doing anything where you have to keep reacting?
This is the gap that Active Mindfulness bridges.
Active Mindfulness instruction is fun, fast and fascinating.
We'll take advantage of the skills I've built up over the years teaching people just like you, who love mindfulness, but struggle to keep it going all day long.
Welcome to your Active Mindfulness course!
I'm really excited to be able to teach you these new skills.
Together we'll learn:
You've studied mindfulness in the comfort of your own home or on a course, uninterrupted by 'real life'. So let's supercharge the process, and grab mindfulness 24/7.
Now you can.
We are mindful.
So what are we waiting for, join us, let's go!
Learning mindfulness is a skill.
A skill you can't master by putting in more effort.
In fact, the real skill to learning this is by learning this lightly.
Here you'll learn just how to learn Active Mindfulness: Lightly!
Learning Active Mindfulness takes time.
Taking the time to make sure you progress evenly and constantly will really help.
If you get stuck or an exercise is too much for you, simply go back a bit and start again.
Trying to push through if you haven't made earlier progress won't get you results, but taking the time to move on only once you're ready will!
It's all too easy to forget to be mindful.
That's what this course is all about - being more mindful and keeping it going, 24/7 (OK OK, I know, I'll let you sleep!)
You just can't notice when you forget to be mindful - so praise yourself when you do notice. It means you've remembered - it's a win!
Here's your homework for Section One - go ahead, this one's no trouble at all.
It's your Seven Day Plan from earlier. If you haven't already printed it off, here's you chance.
OK? Time for section 2...
Course pre-requisite number 1 is having a head.
Do you have a head? Great!
If you don't, this course isn't for you, go away and find a head. Preferably yours!
We'll start to ease you into the process by finding your head, where it balances, where your brain is, and how this affects your ability to stay mindful.
Course pre-requisite number 2 is having eyes.
I think you get the idea by now!
Becoming aware of your visual system helps you to stay mindful as you see out into the world.
Find out more in this lecture.
Learn the difference between 'concentrating' and 'unconcentrating'.
'Concentration' used to mean paying attention to things in relation to their environment. Think 'concentric' circles, for example.
But nowadays it means focusing on one thing at the expense of everything else (usually your mindfulness and your health!)
Just like 'trying'. Trying used to mean 'attempting', but nowadays it means 'putting in more and more effort'.
Trying hard and concentrating are counter-productive when you're learning mindfulness or meditation.
Find out how to get the right state of mind, which means you can learn much more quickly.
I'm guessing you have feet.
You use them to stand on, a lot!
Now we're starting to build towards a full-body mindfulness.
Can you manage this exercise?
Here's a really important point.
Pulling your attention down to try to feel your body means you'll lose awareness of your environment. Because you'll be 'trying' and 'concentrating' on 'feeling'.
This exercise will help you find the balance by letting the sense-data from your body rise up easily into your brain.
Sounds odd doesn't it? But once you try this, it will be as clear as day.
The first audio meditation is relatively easy.
In this lecture you'll learn what to expect from the next lecture, Audio Meditation 1.
Jump in and start your first meditation.
Great, you've tried Audio Meditation 1, and you're ready to move on?
Now you're ready to build towards even more mindful body awareness.
Let's start to include more of your body as you get more skilles.
You're ready to go for Total Body Awareness.
It's time to join the dots and become fully aware of yourself and your environment.
Welcome to your new-found total body awareness!
Well done, you've made it this far, you've managed to be mindful of your whole body, all at once.
Here's what you'll find in your second audio meditation.
Here we go, the second audio meditation.
Did you enjoy the Audio Meditation 2?
These three simple checks will make sure you're on track and ready to progress to the next stage.
Congratulations, you've progress to the next stage, you're starting to get more and more advanced now, aren't you!
We're doing well with body awareness, now it's time to play with bringing our attention in and out.
We'll build up our capacity to place our mindful attention wherever we please.
80 : 20 mindfulness is an easy way to play with your attention.
Practicing this will leave you mindful of your body and your environment simultaneously - which is a great leap forward for many of us.
Go ahead and play with 80 : 20 mindfulness to build up your capacity to to stay mindful as we look around.
This will really help when you move to the next stage and take this into movement.
As you're doing so well, we'll soon be taking our mindfulness into movement and activity.
Make sure you've got this practice down perfect before you move on, or you'll need to come back anyway!
Beginning to take your Active Mindfulness into movement.
Your first task as we go into movement is being able to move a finger whilst staying actively mindful - ooh, exciting!
Now you can move a finger...
Your second task as we take your mindfulness into movement is building on moving a finger - now we're moving a hand.
And onto moving - the full monty!
Now you're able to take the full body into activity, well done, let's practice this for a while.
Here we go, the third audio meditation.
We start our advanced topics with spatial awareness - being aware of the space around us as we stay mindful.
The quality of your awareness will make a big difference to your mindful state. Learn the difference between funnel attention and tunnel attention.
These simple hacks help you keep aware of your head and thinking as you go about your day.
Learn how to interface with objects like phones so you don't lose your mindfulness when you use them.
This description of your mind-body reflex will help you understand why we lose our mindfulness so often.
Paying attention to the location of your attention by keeping the mind in the brain is an easy way to stop your mindfulness being lost as you go about your day.
Keeping releasing upwards will stop you pulling down and losing your mindfulness in a slump!
Find out how to reset to manufacturer's settings and lose the tension that stops you being mindful.
That's it! You're the expert now!
Your final lecture, on the importance of self-control and autonomy. If you can stay the 'boss of you' you've won. Well done, and thanks for taking the course.
Thankyou so much for joining me on this course, I hope you've enjoyed learning this as much as I enjoy teaching this!
Get in touch and let me know how you did, I really want to hear from you!
I LOVE MINDFULNESS!
I've been teaching mind and body awareness skills for years. It started with my honors degree in Cognitive Science (the science of how our brain works) and more recently includes Positive Psychology.
Since then I've worked with the University of Manchester, the NHS (training Physiotherapists), and even the BBC, and I've been mentioned in dozens of newspapers including the Evening Telegraph, not to mention online with BT and Yahoo.
My one-to-one work has helped hundreds of people to be more and more mindful of their bodies, helping them move out of pain and into full, happy lives.
Now you can learn from me here, in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace, as and when you want.
Will you do that? Well, you're free to choose!
James Crow BSc Hons (Cog Sci) MSTAT