A beginners guide to mindfulness meditation
- 1 hour on-demand video
- 30 mins on-demand audio
- 9 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- COURSE GOALS:
- By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- • Experience and practice the mindful meditation technique of ‘awareness of breath’.
- • Progress your mindful meditation practice from fully guided to unguided.
- • Increase your awareness of the present moment, in a non-judgemental way whilst recognising the tendencies of your mind.
- . Appreciate the benefits of mindfulness.
- • Understand common questions surrounding this practice.
- COURSE OBJECTIVES:
- The course aims to:
- • Provide a coherent framework for beginning mindfulness meditation.
- • Introduce mindfulness and its benefits.
- . Enable a structured practice of mindful meditation.
- . Progressively guide you through a simple mindfulness meditation technique (awareness of breath).
- • Empower awareness of the workings and tendencies of the mind.
- • Provide opportunity for self-reflection.
- - An interest in wanting to try mindful meditation.
- - A desire and willingness to practice this simple meditation technique.
- - It is beneficial (but not necessary) to be able to download and listen to the meditation recordings on an .mp3 player (such as any smartphone, tablet or mp3 player)
"A Beginner's Guide to Mindful Meditation" provides an introductory, progressive, structured course in mindfulness and mindful meditation technique.
Primarily practical in nature, the course aims to enable those new to mindful meditation to experience and reflect on one of the key techniques (awareness of breath) and its benefits.
You are introduced to the concept of mindfulness, given an overview of evidence into the effectiveness of mindful meditation as a technique, prior to undertaking a series of three mindful meditation exercises focussing on the breath. The meditations are progressive in nature, beginning with a fully guided meditation and moving to an unguided meditation as you improve your meditation technique and practice.
The course features six meditation audios in three pairs (each with and without a background seascape) - two fully guided, two partially guided and two unguided. At the end of each meditation you will be given the opportunity to reflect on your experience of the technique, as well as being offered guidance on common questions surrounding their practice.
The course makes use of a variety of audio, visual and kinaesthetic tools to enhance the achievement of your course aims, whilst providing opportunity to reflect and develop your ability as you move towards unguided mindfulness meditation.
By the end of the course you will be able to meditate (unguided), reflect on your own practice of this technique and understand its benefits, including the workings and tendencies of your own mind (increased awareness).
- - This course is for people who are new to mindfulness and meditation and want to experience it for themselves.
- - No prior knowledge or experience of mindfulness and meditation needed as this is a beginners' course.
This first session introduces myself, Julian, as your course tutor. I'll give a brief overview of the course and how I can help you in your mindful meditation and we discuss how you can also assist your fellow students in their journey.
In this session, entitled "What is Mindfulness?" - I explore a definition of the term.
In this session we look at:
- Everyday ways to practice mindfulness
- How do you start meditating?
- What's the intention of our meditation?
- Are there any reasons not to meditate?
- Is mindful meditation religious?
There is also a supplementary exercise to have a go at called: Try It Yourself - Everyday Mindfulness which is available to download as a supplementary file attached to this session.
Before 'The case for mindfulness and meditation', here's a quick Mindfulness Questionnaire to get a measure of how mindful you are in your current behaviour.
You can download this 'Mindfulness Questionnaire' in one of two formats. Both formats are attached as supplementary material, which are as follows:
- Excel Spreadsheet - preferred version if you have Microsoft Excel, and the one I will be demonstrating.
- .pdf version (Adobe .pdf) - If you do this questionnaire as the .pdf version you will have to do a manual calculation on a calculator to get your mindfulness score, as described in this video.
You might like to complete this questionnaire again at a later stage and see if you notice any change in your results.
'With Breath in Mind' is a fully guided meditation audio. The audio is voice only.
Follow the instruction to the best of your ability and do not worry about getting it right or wrong, we will reflect on that after you have listened to the audio in the next lecture (in lecture 6).
You can download 'With Breath in Mind' to enable you to play it on any .mp3 player (computer, iPhone, iPad, Android or generic .mp3 player).
A second file 'With Breath in Mind (with Seascape)' is also included as supplementary material. This is the same guided meditation but with the addition of a seascape. Some people prefer to listen with the addition of a background seascape. This can be useful in situations where the background may be a little distracting, such as on a train (if you commute). Both audios benefit from being played on headphones.
'With Breath in Mind (stripped bare)' is a partially guided meditation. The audio is voice only.
Follow the instruction to the best of your ability and do not worry about getting it right or wrong, we will reflect on that in the next lecture.
You can download 'With Breath in Mind (stripped bare)' to enable you to play it on any .mp3 player (computer, iPhone, iPad, Android or generic .mp3 player).
A second file 'With Breath in Mind (stripped Bare With Seascape)' is also included as supplementary material. This is the same partially guided meditation but with the addition of a seascape. Some people prefer to listen with the addition of a background seascape. This can be useful in situations where the background may be a little distracting. Both audios benefit from being played on headphones.
An introduction to unguided mindful meditation. What is one, the unguided mindful meditation audio and a sample sequence to follow to fill the unguided space: Settling yourself - Awareness of body - Focusing on the breath - Expanding your awareness - Returning to the breath and the day.
'With Breath in Mind (bells and silence)' is an unguided meditation. There is no voice, just introductory and closing music and a bell to signify the beginning and end of your 10 minutes unguided meditation.
In your head, follow the instruction just given in lecture 11 (an introduction to unguided meditation) to the best of your ability and do not worry about getting it right or wrong, we will reflect on that in lecture 13.
You can download 'With Breath in Mind (bells and silence)' to enable you to play it on any .mp3 player (computer, iPhone, iPad, Android or generic .mp3 player).
A second file 'With Breath in Mind (bells and seascape)' is also included as supplementary material. This is also an unguided meditation but with the addition of a seascape.