Learn how to meditate to relax and relieve stress. This Meditation for Beginners course format is a video lecture with accompanying exercises you do on your own. A progression of topics and techniques are presented with follow-up MP3 files.
Watch a lecture and then listen to the MP3 files for 2 or 3 days. When you are ready for the next step, watch the next video and start using the MP3 files for that topic.
This course covers the basics of meditation, how to fit it into your already too busy schedule, relaxation, guided meditations, and binaural beats. Once you've learned how to perform Relaxation Meditation on your own, the course provides a set of meditation timers you can use daily.
Includes a reading list and links to relevant medical research on meditation. This is about concentration relaxation and stress reduction. No religious or spiritual overtones.
This whole course on Meditation for Beginners takes at least 3 weeks to complete.</p>
"What is mediation? Why do it? How do I do it? Where do I start???"
At one level, meditation is a mental exercise. Easy to learn, especially when presented a series of exercises you do on your own that build upon each lesson.
This is a course on meditation devoid of religious or spirtitual inclinations (though this course preps you for meditation in any context).
How the course is structured. An overview of the lecture-exercise format.
The use of audio files (MP3) that you'll use throughout the course.
Sections: nature sounds, noise, guided meditations, binaural beats, meditation timers.
First let's learn to relax by listening to the sounds of nature.
Waves, watefalls, and/or crickets. Listen to one or more of these files for 2-3 days.
Listen to 3 minutes of a waterfall in the woods once a day for 2 or 3 days. You can alternate it with surf or cricket sounds.
Posture and breathing. The physical side of meditation.
(No, it doesn't require sitting in a yoga position or using a cushion, or anything else.)
Using noise (white, pink, or brown) as a tool in relaxing and focusing inward.
Listen to one or more of these files for 2-3 days.
Now that you know how to relax, a series of guided meditations is next.
Listen to me talk you through specific exercises based on things like autogenic training and progressive relaxation.
Four guided meditation MP3s are presented: 2 ten minutes and 2 fifteen minutes Listen to each for 2-3 days (8 to 12 days total).
Continuing along, two 20 minute guided meditations that brings everything together.
Listen to one or both of these MP3 files for 2-3 days minimum.
Binaural beats are used to stimulate specific brainwave patterns. They can be used as a tool to meditate.
You must use headphones when listening to binaural beats or they won't work.
Congratulations! The training wheels have come off. You now know how to meditate.
The last set of tools are a set of meditation timers. A period of silence ending with a simple bell. Use them when you sit every day.
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