Introspection: The Art of Transforming Your Life

Learn the Art of Self-Observation and Meta-Cognition to Transform Your Life in 8 Lessons (A BodyMorphosis Course)
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Transform your life in 8 lessons using the fine art of self-observation and meta-cognition (thinking about how you think)


This self-paced, comprehensive ebook course is designed for those looking for a guided, holistic approach to health of body and mind, with ease of mind, that can help you focus on your goals for total health, happiness and success in your life.

By helping to remove myths, negative thoughts, action, and inaction that hinder one's progress, this course reveals a path for those who may lack direction, motivation, and mentor-type guidance. Contains extensive resources and research for your personal development.

This course also utilizes a reading list to go along with it, which is recommended, but is not required to benefit from the course. The reading list is included in the assignments at the end of each lesson to supplement this reflection area.

Note: For best results, please use headphones to focus on the audio instruction and background music to make the most of its meditative qualities.

What are the requirements?

  • This course utilizes a reading list to go along with it, which is recommended, but is not required to benefit from the course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Global Objectives for this course include: (1) The student will be able to study, define and apply concepts of Introspection, including theories of nutrition, exercise, meditation, intelligence, self-realization, and education that illustrate how all the parts of one’s actions and attitudes make up a whole way of living.
  • (2) The student will be able to reflect on these concepts, through exercises, journaling and reading assignments.
  • (3) The student will be able to develop a concrete plan, applying the concepts of Introspection, in order to help achieve greater success and happiness, and to help reach life goals.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for those looking for a holistic approach and guiding principles to health of body and mind, with ease of mind that can help one focus on goals for health, happiness and success, and is recommended for young adults and up. By helping to remove negative thoughts and actions that hinder one’s progress, this course shows a path for those who may lack direction, motivation, and mentor-type guidance.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction, Course Overview, and Philosophy
09:30

An introduction to students on taking this course.

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03:32

An overview of the Introspection course and how it works.

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13:59

Lesson One will introduce the philosophy of Introspection, concepts of happiness, and the birth of the program.

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Discussion/Journaling Assignment 1

What does happiness mean to you? What goals would you like to set for yourself over the next few years? Write a page or more in your journal.

Required Reading Assignment:

Chap. 11, "Everyday is a Good Day" from Zen Philosophy, Zen Practice

Supplemental Reading:

Chap. 9, "Happiness" from Where There is Light

Bibliography

Chopra, Deepak. Perfect Health: The complete mind/body guide. New York: Harmony Books, 1991.

Dalai Lama. Ethics for the New Millenium. New York: Penguin Putnam, 1999.

Haseltine, Eric. "Countdown to Bliss." Discover Mar. 2001: 96.

Houston, Jean. A Passion for the Possible. Thorndike: G.K. Hall, 1998.

Life Positive. Magus Media Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi. Aug. 2001 http://http://www.lifepositive.com.

Nigam, Deepak. "Discover the Secret of Happiness Within." The Times of India, 2001. http://www.timesofindia.com.

Swami Krishnananda. The Divine Life Society, India. July 2001 http://http://www.swami-krishnananda.org.

Section 2: Preparation of Thinking into Action
09:30

Lesson 2 will discuss the body as a miniature universe, and how you have the power to change your life through yourself. The three major gunas (the three modes of the creative power of nature) will also be introduced in order to understand and analyze your mind and body better according to its natural rhythms.

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Discussion/Journaling Assignment 2

When I talk about exploring your surroundings and your own knowledge, I am saying to reach beyond what is directly in front of you; think out of the box. Later, I will describe, more in depth, the methods and what it will mean in your life. In the meantime, as an assignment, I would like you to search about a person you admire. Does this person have a published autobiography? If so, read that book. If not, write about that person, or perhaps meet with him or her. I want you to write down your thoughts in a journal or diary as you read along, or experience. What brought you to this person? What qualities do you admire? Write anything you feel is relevant.

Required Reading Assignment:

Chap. 5, "Karma Theory and Zen Buddhism" and Chap. 6, "The Way of Action" from Zen Philosophy, Zen Practice.

Supplemental Reading:

Chap. 3, "Our Infinite Potential" from Where There is Light

Bibliography

Currie, Ian. You Cannot Die: The Incredible Findings of a Century of Research on Death. New York: Methuen, 1978.

Epstein, Mark. Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart: a Buddhist perspective on wholeness. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, 1998.

Iyengar B.K.S. The Tree of Yoga. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1988.

Life Positive. Magus Media Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi. Aug. 2001 http://http://www.lifepositive.com.

Mishra, Rammurti S. The Textbook of Yoga Psychology. New York: Julian Press, Inc., 1963.

Nuland, Sherwin. The Wisdom of the Body. New York: Random House Inc., 1997.

Sivananda Yoga Center. Living Yoga Mind and Body. New York: DK Publishing Inc., 1998.

10:18

Part II of lesson three will discuss diet myths, and metacognition (thinking about how we think.)

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Discussion/Journaling Assignment 3

Think of other people who inspire you. Write your thoughts in your reflection journal. Think about their approach to life and achieving their goals. Did they show fear? Boldness? How did they make their dreams a reality? Remember that what you dream of doing in life is something only you can do, forever imprinting your DNA on the world and beyond.

Required Reading Assignment:

Chap. 1, "The Buddha and the Origins of Zen" from Zen Philosophy, Zen Practice

Chap. 8, "The Arts of Influence" and Appendix I, "Emotional Intelligence" from Working with Emotional Intelligence

Supplemental Reading:

Chap. 1, "Introducing Medical Meditation" and Chap. 10, "The Chakras and Their Dysfunctions" from Meditation as Medicine

Bibliography

Chopra, Deepak. Perfect Health: The complete mind/body guide. New York: Harmony Books, 1991.

Chopra, Deepak. Perfect Weight. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1994.

Dr. Weil. Weil Lifestyle, LLC, Sept. 2001 http://www.drweil.com.

Leonard, C.H. The Concise Gray’s Anatomy. Great Britain: Wordsworth Editions, LTD, 1997.

Life Positive. Magus Media Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi. Aug. 2001 http://http://www.lifepositive.com.

Lippincott, Catherine. Well Rounded: eight simple steps for changing your life. New York: Simon and Schuster Inc., 1997.

Mishra, Rammurti S. The Textbook of Yoga Psychology. New York: Julian Press, Inc., 1963.

Paramahansa, Yogananda. Autobiography of a Yogi. Nevada City: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1994.

Sivananda Yoga Center. Living Yoga Mind and Body. New York: DK Publishing Inc., 1998.

Slate, Joe. Astral Projection and Psychic Empowerment. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1998.

Swami Krishnananda. The Divine Life Society, India. July 2001 http://www.swami-krishnananda.org.

Thomas, James Jr. The 7 Steps to Personal Power: creating opportunities within. Deerfield Beach: Health Communications, Inc., 1992.

10:36

Lesson 4, Part III, will discuss opportunities in simplifying parts of your life. We'll also revisit metacognition in more detail to boost your preparation.

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Discussion/Journaling Assignment 4

Think about the information in this lesson and write your thoughts in your journal. Also, read the article posted below and use that as further reflection. Try to analyze daily tasks in your life and the overall big picture. Can you simplify anything? Make a list of thoughts and items in your journal. Feel free (and encouraged) to refer back to the lesson's resources as well.

Required Reading Assignment:

"Simplify Your Life" by Vijai P. Sharma, Ph.D

Click Here to Read: http://www.mindpub.com/art363.htm

Bibliography

Chopra, Deepak. Perfect Health: The complete mind/body guide. New York: Harmony Books, 1991.

Life Positive. Magus Media Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi. Aug. 2001 http://www.lifepositive.com.

Lippincott, Catherine. Well Rounded: eight simple steps for changing your life. New York: Simon and Schuster Inc., 1997.

Section 3: Introspection in Action
15:01

Lesson 5, Part I, will delve into more specific, concrete essentials of the Introspection program that are to be used in conjunction with the more abstract, philosophical views of the program.

15:01

Continuation of Lesson 5 (Part 2 of 3)

14:52

Continuation of Lesson 5 (Part 3 of 3)

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Discussion/Journaling Assignment 5

Make a list or outline of your current dietary and exercise habits. Try to map out a clear day, or on the average, of foods you eat, and what type of exercises you perform. What type of cleansing products do you use? Do you have any current skin problems? Are you overweight? Do you have muscular tone? Try to make an honest evaluation, and place these items in your journal.

Required Reading Assignment

Chap. 12, "Self-Power and Other Power" from Zen Philosophy, Zen Practice

Supplemental Reading:

Chap. 8, "Bringing Out the Best Within You" from Where There is Light

Chap. 7, "The Forgetting and Remembering of the Air" from The Spell of the Sensuous

Bibliography

Fried, Robert. Breathe Well, Be Well. New York: John Wiley, 1999.

Hampton, Aubrey. What’s in Your Cosmetics? A complete consumer’s guide to natural and synthetic ingredients. Tucson: Odonian Press, 1995.

Heinerman, John. Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Nuts, Berries, and Seeds. West Nyack: Parker Publishing Company, Inc., 1995

Hittleman, Richard. Richard Hittleman’s Yoga: 28 day exercise plan. New York: Wings Books, 1995.

Horrocks, Lorna. Natural Beauty: Total beauty care using natural ingredients. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1992.

Kensington, Nadine Taylor. Green Tea: The natural secret for a healthier life. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp., 1998.

Krishnan, Shubhra. Essential Ayurveda. Novato: New World Library, 2003.

Leonard, C.H. The Concise Gray’s Anatomy. Great Britain: Wordsworth Editions, LTD, 1997.

Searle, Sally. Secrets of Pilates. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 2001.

Sivananda Yoga Center. Living Yoga Mind and Body. New York: DK Publishing Inc., 1998.

The Human Body: An Illustrated Guide to its Structure, Function, and Disorders. New York: DK Publishing, 1995.

Weller, Stella. The Breath Book: 20 ways to breathe away stress, anxiety, and fatigue. London: Harper Collins, 1999.

Wigmore, Ann. The Wheatgrass Book. Wayne: Avery Publishing Group, 1985.

Wolfe, David. The Sunfood Diet Success System: 36 lessons in health transformation. San Diego: Maul Brothers Publishing, 2000.

Zi, Nancy. The Art of Breathing: 6 simple lessons to improve performance, health and well-being. Berkeley: Frog, Ltd., 2000.

12:01

Part II is a continuation of components of the Introspection program. We'll look at more advanced practices, including the three yogas for mind development, muscle development, flexibility, and aromatherapy practices.

12:04

Continuation of Lesson 6 (Part 2 of 3)

14:55

Continuation of Lesson 6 (Part 3 of 3)

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Discussion/Journaling Assignment 6

Your assignment for this lesson is to create a one-week draft plan for yourself based on the Introspection philosophy, principles and examples given. First try to map out one day, and build from there. You’ll want to create this “template” for yourself to help you with making your plan of action concrete, and to have a model to build subsequent weeks from. Of course, no two weeks should ever be exactly the same. You're in a growth process! Using the resources at the end of the next lesson will also help you in building more weekly plans for yourself, incorporating variety and choices as you go along, suiting your best interests and needs.

Required Reading Assignment:

Chap. 4, "Inner Rudder" and Chap. 5, "Self Control" from Working with Emotional Intelligence

Supplemental Reading:

Chap. 1, "The Ecology of Magic" from The Spell of the Sensuous

Chap. 5, "Posture and Movement" from Meditation as Medicine

Bibliography

Gardner, Howard. Frames of Mind: the theory of multiple intelligences. New York: BasicBooks, 1993.

Hampton, Aubrey. What’s in Your Cosmetics? A complete consumer’s guide to natural and synthetic ingredients. Tucson: Odonian Press, 1995.

Hanson, Virginia. Karma: the universal law. Wheaton: Theosophical Publishing House, 1975.

Hittleman, Richard. Richard Hittleman’s Yoga: 28 day exercise plan. New York: Wings Books, 1995.

Iyengar, B.K.S. The Tree of Yoga. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1988.

Khalsa, Gurucharan Singh. Breathwalk. New York: Broadway Books, 2000.

Khalsa, Shakta Kaur. Kundalini Yoga. New York: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc., 2001.

Krishnan, Shubhra. Essential Ayurveda. Novato: New World Library, 2003.

Lawless, Julia. The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997.

Mishra, Rammurti S. The Textbook of Yoga Psychology. New York: Julian Press, Inc., 1963.

Paramahansa, Yogananda. Autobiography of a Yogi. Nevada City: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1994.

Sivananda Yoga Center. Living Yoga Mind and Body. New York: DK Publishing Inc., 1998.

16:02

In Part III of the components, we'll discuss the two final and important aspects: Self-Education and Gardener's theory of the Multiple Intelligences. In this lesson, you will learn about what it means to be a lifelong learner, identify your learning strengths and interests, and how the overall picture can benefit your life.

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Discussion/Journaling Assignment 7 and Bibliography

Create a one-year outlook/outline that includes the self-education principles. Where would you like to see yourself in one year, or perhaps two? What things would you like to learn in the coming months and years? Make a list, and include the things that interest you for self-development, professional development, and list a few long-term goals.

Supplemental Reading:

Chap. 6, "Achieving Your Goals" and Chap. 7, "Inner Peace: Antidote for Stress, Worry, and Fear" from Where There is Light

Bibliography

Gardner, Howard. Frames of Mind: the theory of multiple intelligences. New York: BasicBooks, 1993.

Paramahansa, Yogananda. Autobiography of a Yogi. Nevada City: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1994.

Sivananda Yoga Center. Living Yoga Mind and Body. New York: DK Publishing Inc., 1998.

Section 4: Reflection and Further Exploration
09:35

This final lesson helps you to reflect on what you have learned and provides resources to further your journey of lifelong happiness and health.

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Discussion/Journaling Assignment 8 and Bibliography

It is recommended that you use this last assignment as a reflection period--thinking about what you have learned and experienced throughout this course. The following reading assignments will also be helpful in this task:

Required Reading Assignment:

Chap. 7, "Self-Reflection in Zen Buddhism" from Zen Philosophy, Zen Practice

Supplemental Reading:

Chap. 2, "Strength in Times of Adversity" and Chap. 4, "Security in an Uncertain World" from Where There is Light

Chap. 2, "Philosophy on the Way to Ecology" from The Spell of the Sensuous

Bibliography

Abrams, David. The Spell of the Sensuous. New York: Pantheon Books, 1996.

Bender, Sue. Stretching Lessons. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 2001.

Epstein, Mark. Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart: a Buddhist perspective on wholeness. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, 1998.

Haseltine, Eric. "Countdown to Bliss." Discover Mar. 2001: 96.

Houston, Jean. A Passion for the Possible. Thorndike: G.K. Hall, 1998.

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The following is a list of resources and links to further your journey of lifelong happiness and health. Also see the Bibliography for more resources to further explore.

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Instructor Biography

Carrie Soneji, Certified Teacher, Writer, and Healer, B. Ed.

It is important to realize our dreams and do what we love every day by manifesting those dreams into reality through the love from the heart. Health, happiness, and success are major components in life we aim to achieve and maintain. The purpose of her teachings is to guide others in achieving these goals, with a major component focusing on self-realization. She has spent much of her life studying and applying concepts of alternative healing, metaphysics, and self-realization utilizing her education background, in a calling to realize ways to take better care of the body, mind, and soul.

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