Learn to love meditation for it's own sake. Over the course of a month, by sampling 31 different ways of practicing, you will learn to love not only the results but the practice itself.
In each short recording you will learn a new technique and see the benefits that come through such a practice in your own experience.
Different meditations bring different results, and speak to different people in different ways. Find out what sorts of meditations are valuable and effective for you, and in the process, cultivate:
This free course is designed especially for beginners looking to establish a practice, but will support anyone who's practice could use the support and invigoration that comes through the love of practice.
Complete this course and see the changes in your life and practice.
A welcoming introduction to a month of meditation.
Notice the effect that love has on your focus and concentration.
Learn to use a word or phrase of your own choosing to concentrate your meditation.
Many people who don't meditate claim that "Nature is my meditation". Though walks in nature are relaxing, restorative, beautiful and pleasurable, they don't don't necessarily cultivate concentration, compassion or mindfulness.
In this meditation we will learn about the use of visualization, gaining all of the above.
Counting is a valuable support, especially in the beginning of our practice, for getting concentrated.
Awareness rising up the spine with inhalation, and down the front with exhalation.
Practice the practice of loving kindness, to cultivate the love of love.
Spend the first few minutes of your meditation deciding on a meditation practice of your own choosing.
Search the body for tension.
With the center of your awareness just below your nose, just note what arises and passes away.
We all have troubles. See them through the eyes of an enlightened master.
Awareness rises up the front with inhalation, and down the back with exhalation.
Learn to trade glitter for gold.
Inquire into your true nature. What do you find?
One of the three characteristics of reality, everything is impermanent. Notice.
Maintain your thoughts on the topic of what you would like in this moment, in this meditation, in this day, in this year, in this life.
With the center of your awareness in your belly, just note what arises and passes away.
Do not do anything. Do not even meditate.
This is Zen.
Follow the Tibetan practice of breathing in white light, breathing out blackness.
Use the breath to spread pleasure through, and awaken, the body.
If you exist, whatever you are must be present.
Build the awareness and energy at the base of the spine and allow it to rise up the spine.
Meditate on death and impermanence. Be relaxed and kind towards yourself in this process.
The third characteristic of reality: life is suffering. And yet, suffering is optional.
Focus on gratitude and appreciation. What are you grateful for?
Today's koan: How do you extinguish a flame that is 600 miles away?
Awareness arises all around you as you inhale, and drops into your core on exhalation.
Pay attention to the sensations of the heart.
Mindful life visualization. Picture in your mind's eye yourself living your life in a mindful, loving and concentrated way.
Allow yourself dream. A bubble? A thunderclap? A star? All of reality looking at itself? Or do I take the form of a role model for a little while?
Introducing the practice of movie meditation. Turn watching a movie into an exercise of concentration.
Mark Johnson, with a degree in computer science, has been teaching for over twenty years. He created the official training courses for two of the first Java Application servers (NetDynamics and Apptivity) and provided training throughout Europe and North America. He has been the technical lead for numerous high profile projects included a leading counter-terrorism application, the Internet Archive's book scanning project, and currently, the world's largest research database of ants (Antweb).
His passions includes the efficient functioning of the "human" computer, and his professional trainings include certification as a hypnotherapist, a somatic coach, an integral coach, and as an NLP practitioner. He has had over seven years of training in the Diamond Approach path of personal development, and three years of training as a teacher in that tradition. His 12 years of meditation experience includes long retreats in the Buddhist, Amazonian and Diamond Approach traditions. Mark has been teaching on personal development topics including coaching, EFT and hypnotherapy for over five years.
In his private practice he offers remote assistance to clients working through trauma.