For too long meditation has been an elusive and confusing matter. Not any more! Meditation is too powerful of a transformative tool to let slip by. It has the power to change your life! I'll show you how in three steps: 1. Structure, 2. Content and 3. Focus.
The first step is Structure. In this section we'll look at how to structure the time (when and the duration) of your meditation. We'll discuss structuring the optimal space for a meditation practice and finally, we'll cover the structure of the body. Here we'll learn the many postures of meditation: sitting, standing, lying down and walking.
The second step is Content. This is the 'stuff' of your meditation. Here we discover what to focus on and how to do it. This is where many traditions differ on how to meditate. Lucky, I've had in-depth experience with enough styles to know they can all be simplified into 8 main content-types: Breath, Body, Mantra, Thoughts, Emotions, Sounds, Loving-kindness (heart-meditation), and Open Awareness. By the end of the course you'll have a working familiarity with each and be able to work with the type that most empowers you.
The final step is Focus. After deciding what to place your focus on, we can begin to look at how to place your focus. What is the quality of your attention? Here you learn to increase your powers of concentration, enabling you to see, with deep insight, into your reality as it unfolds before you. What follows is deep clarity, inner understanding and tranquility. While this topic is slightly more advanced, it supports the beginning and the intermediate meditator alike, allowing you to take your practice to the next level and see even deeper gains.
Lastly, we conclude with a summary of other elements that will support your gains as you continue to develop your meditation practice. We'll look at some science based evidence on the benefits of meditation practice. We'll look at foods which support meditation, audio techniques to support, other textual resources to which you may refer as well as some guided meditation. Also, we'll discuss the potential benefits of meditating with a community as well as the transformative power of coupling physical and breathing exercises in with your meditation practice.
Meditation has absolutely transformed my life and the lives of everyone who as adopted an informed and consistent practice. Let me guide you on this miraculous journey; it would be my sincerest, deepest honor; my greatest pleasure! I hope to see you in class!
I have been practicing mindfulness based practices for what seems to be lifetimes. This includes a current solid, daily meditation and yoga practice as well as adept level study of Qigong and some tai chi. Currently, I instruct yoga and meditation on a daily basis, now to thousands. The benefits and results of my practice are evident. Only direct experience could begin to reveal the miracle that is meditation and yoga. It brings me great joy to share these developments and gifts with you.
'Yoga' originates from the sanskrit and translates literally as 'union'. To meditate is to find the median or middle state, one of equanimity, in one's awareness. Both endeavors seek to achieve and maintain balance in the system we refer to as Self. How do we do this? We contract and expand the flesh and the breath. We intelligently structure and align the bones. We nourish the flow of blood and all corresponding interstitial fluids. This establishes a firm foundation which in turn supports the cultivation and optimal alignment of our mental, emotional and spiritual systems, whatever they may be. Why do we do this? Because it feels damn good; the result is greater and greater direct experience of ease within the core of our being. When do we do this? You decide.