Meditation, Creative Flow States and Mindfulness Training
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Meditation, Creative Flow States and Mindfulness Training

Learn how to train your focus, overcome distractions, master your creative flow and make things happen.
4.9 (12 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
399 students enrolled
Created by Kyle Pearce
Last updated 4/2014
English
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 hour on-demand audio
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Build The Daily Habit of Meditation
  • Mindfulness For All Situations
  • More Insight, Intuition and Imagination
  • Relaxed Concentration at Work
  • Increased Creativity and Idea Execution
  • Better Emotional Intelligence
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Requirements
  • Only a computer, smartphone or tablet
  • No previous meditation experience necessary.
Description

Do you find that you have trouble focusing when you're working or learning online? Do you regularly get the compulsion to procrastinate, check Facebook and consume new information when you would rather be doing something more meaningful?

Or do you find that you have a lots of creative ideas but then you struggle when it comes to executing and implementing them so you earn a steady income from them? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then I designed this course for you.

I have suffered from ADD most of my life and I know how hard it is in this day and age to stick with perplexing problems and ideas long enough to develop creative solutions for them. I also know what it feels like to never seem to achieve your potential and really create the life that you know in your heart is possible.

I have spent a big part of the last decade traveling the world, studying and practicing different forms of meditation while creating online courses that teach people today's most in-demand digital skills. I embarked on this journey because I was determined to find a natural way to overcome my ADD so I could channel my creativity into meaningful endeavours. I wanted more than anything to be a creator of my own reality, rather than a consumer of other people's second-hand insights and experiences.

My search has culminated in the ideas and practices in this course. I designed this course for people like me, who are energetic, distractible and creative, the kind of people who would normally struggle with sitting still and quieting their minds. The way meditation is usually taught is difficult to apply in our fast-paced, hyper-connected society. So, to solve this problem I've tailored this course for people who need the focus and presence of meditation but would normally struggle to build the habit.

I strongly believe that if meditation is to be truly transformative, it needs to be approached with the spirit of play, lightheartedness and curiosity.To really get amazing results, we need to take ourselves less seriously and embrace our natural flow. Meditation is a tool for exploring our inner worlds and channelling our creative energy in the stream of consciousness we call the moment. It is the controlled expansion of our minds and awareness.

I want to demystify meditation for you and help you actually build a daily meditation habit that sticks. I will also teach you mindfulness techniques you can use throughout your daily life to overcome distractions, channel your creative energy into flow states and overcome the mental drains of stress, anxiety and uncertainty.

I recommend you watch the first few videos that are provided free so you can learn more about this course. The outcome of applying the practices in this course is you will experience much better focus, you'll understand how to trigger creative flow when you're working online and you'll be able to recognize how and why you procrastinate and become distracted by directly observing your own mind and body. This will empower you to overcome negative emotional feedback loops and live a more creative, carefree and relaxed life.

Here is a quick summary of what you will learn in this course:

1. The Internet Age is changing our brains and transforming the way we live, work and learn. You will learn how to develop the three characteristics that are disproportionately rewarded in today's innovation economy: focus, creativity and self-awareness.

2. You will learn how to increase your attention span and dramatically improve your ability to focus and stay present with problems and creative work through the practice of mindfulness.

3. Many people who learn to meditate don't stick with it. I'll teach you how to "hack the habit" of the daily practice of meditation using a simple 3-step system for habit forming that is backed by the latest neuroscience research.

4. The time you really want the focus and presence of mindfulness is when you're at work, in difficult social situations and when you're enjoying your free time. You'll learn mindfulness In action practices to stay focused and present in any situation.

5. Creative flow states are the secret to optimal performance in creative endeavours. You will learn how to trigger flow states when you're working and learning online so you can learn faster and manifest your ideas more rapidly.

6. You will learn about the latest digital tools and iPhone/Android apps for focusing at work, blocking out distractions, quantifying your performance over time and reducing the natural tendency to be constantly multitasking.

7. You will learn how to strengthen your emotional intelligence, short-circuit emotional reactive loops that lead to addictive behaviour and how to unlearn your negative habits and thought patterns.

8. Most office workers who work on a computer (in fact, most modern people) breathe incorrectly. You will learn a simple diaphragmatic breathing technique to increase your energy levels, overcome anxiety when it arises and reduce afternoon productivity dips.

9. The secret to leadership and getting people to like you is listening to them mindfully. Learn how to focus your awareness when you meet new people so you are relaxed and engaged in important conversations.

10. Discover a simple way to increase your happiness and well-being by practicing gratitude each day. This is an essential practice for reminding us of our good fortune and helping overcome our evolutionary bias toward negativity, fear and cynicism.

I'm really proud of this course and I believe the practices taught can change your life in really impactful ways. This course isn't just about absorbing thought-provoking information and factoids. It is about helping you learn and apply actual practices that will transform your life.

Given that mastering focus and creativity is such a crucial factor in today's fast-paced digital society, this course is an investment in your future that you can't afford not to make.

Who is the target audience?
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Students
  • Creative Professionals
  • Bloggers
  • Anyone who works online
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Curriculum For This Course
42 Lectures
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Why Take This Course?
3 Lectures 12:52

A longer introduction video that explains how this course teaches you practices to train your focus, creativity and intrinsic self-motivation.

Preview 04:54

If you're wondering who I am and how I got into mindfulness then in this video I introduce myself.

Preview 05:42

Find out how you can navigate this course and get the most value from it.

Preview 02:16
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Smartphones, Information Overload and The Rise of Internet ADD
4 Lectures 25:09

In the last decade, we've seen a digital revolution that has transformed how we live, learn and work. In this video, I look at four key technological trends that are driving these changes in our society and how mindfulness is now essential for dealing with this new HyperConnected world.

Preview 05:27

Find out how the Internet is changing our brains and facilitating a kind of learning and working that can be very ineffective and even emotionally draining.

Preview 07:15

We now live in a state of constant information overload. Learn about what you can do about it.

Information Overload: A Trillion Dollar Problem
04:15

Find out how Silicon Valley's most innovative companies are using meditation and mindfulness training to help their employees work more creatively, collaborate and relax.

Meditation In Silicon Valley's Innovation Culture
08:12
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Meditation, Mindfulness Training and Cultivating Focus
6 Lectures 31:25

Let's demystify what meditation actually is. This module will help you understand what meditation is and why you need to practice it.

What Exactly Is Meditation?
04:38

A practical definition of mindfulness and understanding the essential elements of the practice of mindfulness.

What Is Mindfulness?
05:12

We go through some of the common myths and misconceptions that people have about meditation.

Common Myths About Meditation
06:46

How mind wandering and continuous partial attention makes us unhappy and unproductive.

The Problem With Mind Wandering and Continuous Partial Attention
04:42

This module will show you why meditation and practicing mindfulness is the best exercise you can do for your mind.

Cultivating Deeper Focus and Presence Through Meditation
05:22

You don't have to believe anything to practice mindfulness. What's important is practice, not pre-conceptions, labels and beliefs.

Open Source Buddhism: A Science of the Mind
04:45
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The Daily Practice
6 Lectures 35:17

If you're new to meditation, this video teaches the basics for how to get started with meditation: where to practice, how to sit and the correct posture.

The Daily Practice of Meditation: How To Get Started
04:29

A quick guide to downloading the guided meditation audio tracks and how to use them for full effect.

The Guided Mindfulness Meditation Practices
02:21

A guided meditation for relaxing all the tension in your body so you can dive deeper into meditation.

Audio: The Body Scan Technique
07:45

A guided meditation for training your focus and presence using the breath as an anchor for observing your thoughts.

Audio: The Mindfulness Technique
08:37

A guided meditation for practicing mindfulness when you're in different kinds of social and environmental situations.

Audio: Mindfulness In Action
04:12

A guided meditation for practicing mindfulness in nature and observing the natural world through your different senses.

Audio: Mindfulness In Nature
07:53
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Building The Daily Practice
4 Lectures 15:20

How to overcome the emotional resistance to sitting non-judgementally with stress, anxiety and boredom while meditating.

Overcoming The Resistance and Building Your Daily Practice
03:45

Learn a simple 3-step process for "hacking" new habits and making the daily practice of meditation stick in your routine.

The Trick To Establishing The Daily Habit of Meditation
03:47

Learn about some of the most effective supplements for boosting your focus and improving your meditations.

Supplements That Boost Your Focus and Cognitive Ability
05:32

Track your daily meditations with the excellent app Insight Timer for iPhone and Android. I talk about how I use this app myself.

Tracking Your Meditations With Insight Timer
02:16
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Flow States, Happiness and Optimizing Your Creative Mind
4 Lectures 27:38

An overview of positive psychology and the extensive research done into flow states by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Flow: The Secret To Happiness and Optimal Performance
07:40

Learn about the differences between Extrinsic Motivation and Intrinsic Motivation and how to meditation can cultivate the 3 pillars of Intrinsic Motivation: Autonomy, Mastery and Passion.

Becoming More Self-Directed: Extrinsic Vs Intrinsic Motivation
05:57

Explore the differences between the 5 brainwave patterns and how you can recognize them in your own meditations.

Exploring Brainwave States: This Is Your Brain On Meditation
06:51

Find out how meditation helps you develop your higher creative faculties of insight, intuition and imagination.

The Three I's of Creativity: Insight, Intuition and Imagination
07:10
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Finding Your Creative Flow Online
7 Lectures 34:12

An overview of how you can create the conditions for maximizing creative flow when you're working and learning online.

Finding Your Creative Flow When You're Working and Learning Online
07:00

How to use the Pomodoro Technique to overcome procrastination and find your flow when you're working or learning online.

Finding Your Flow With The Pomodoro Technique
05:17

Social media and your favourite websites can be really distracting when you're trying to get work done. Find out how you can easily block (or limit) your time on these websites with digital tools.

How To Block Social Media and Distracting Websites When You're Working
02:32

It is so easy to have tons of tabs open in your browser at once. In this video, you will learn how this can negatively affect your focus and productivity, and you will learn some excellent tips for mindful browsing.

Tab Hoppers Anonymous: Practical Tips for Mindful Browsing
08:20

Can technological tools improve your meditations? Yes and no. Learn about some of the best meditation apps for iPhone/Android and digital tools like Binaural Beats for focus and relaxation.

Better Meditation Through Technology? Apps and Binaural Beats
05:37

Learn about the best digital tools and apps for setting goals and forming new habits.

Digital Tools/Apps For Setting Goals and Creating New Habits
04:16

Learn how to use your iPhone or Android device to create automatic mindfulness reminders so you can pause and be mindful throughout your day.

Creating Triggers For Mindfulness Pauses In Your Day
01:10
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Mindfulness and Improving Your Emotional Intelligence
7 Lectures 47:43

A look at the importance of self-knowledge and the core competencies of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. You will also find out how mindfulness increases overall emotional intelligence.

How Mindfulness Increase Your Emotional Intelligence
08:43

Explore the Triune Brain Model and the different evolutionary layers of the human brain: the neo-cortex, limbic system and R complex, and how they each influence our daily lives and behaviour.

The Triune Brain Model: Balancing Instinct, Emotion and Reason
10:01

How to use mindfulness techniques to overcome addiction, change your habits and short-circuit negative emotional feedback loops.

Using Mindfulness To Unlearn Negative Habits and Behaviours
07:30

An audio introduction to practicing gratitude, a simple way to increase your happiness and be more grateful for your good fortunes.

Audio: The Daily Practice of Gratitude
03:33

How to listen to be people more attentively and be more engaged in important conversations.

Audio: The Art of Mindful Listening
02:56

Guided practices for observing, understanding and overcoming negative emotions.

Audio: Observing and Overcoming Negative Emotions
06:59

Find out why most modern people breath incorrectly and how you can train yourself to breath more deeply with a simple Diagrammatic Breathing technique.

Audio: Diaphragmatic Breathing: How To Breathe Naturally
08:01
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Moving Forward
1 Lecture 03:10

Thank you for taking this course! Mindfulness and understanding your triggers for creative flow provides a solid foundation for living your optimal life.

Mindfulness and Flow As The Foundation For An Optimal Life
03:10
About the Instructor
Kyle Pearce
4.8 Average rating
28 Reviews
2,464 Students
3 Courses
Peak Performance Trainer

I do flow state and peak performance training using flow psychology, meditative practices and quantified self-tracking tools through my company Unified Stream.

I also run a community for self-directed learning called DIY Genius. Our mission is to empower people to develop the digital media and productivity skills they need to work from anywhere they choose and create a meaningful career around their creative talents.

To stay fit and focused, I go biking each morning and I spend my free time exploring the mountains of the British Columbian coast where I live on my skis, bike or with my hiking boots.

I love to travel and I'm also really interested in documentaries, politics, philosophy, ancient civilizations, exponential technologies, media literacy and futurism.