In this course (which follows on from my Beginners Mediation Course) you will learn the ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE which has been taught for thousands of years and been used by all the successful yogis to deepen their mediation. It is simple but effective and it is what helped me to finally deepen my own practice after years of searching.
The course is not a new or fancy short cut that some people promise - (and none of these worked for me anyway) - but the tried and tested techniques that have worked since the time of the Buddha. The do require effort and persistence - but then, what things that are worthwhile don't?
More than just the technique however I have included modern scientific information about the brain and nervous system (and how they work) that gives evidence based backing for these teachings to help you feel more certain and motivated about mediation and what it can do for you.
The course consists of 13 lectures (ranging from 10min to 30min each) along with guided meditations and other resources where applicable.
Hello and welcome to this course on Meditation Technique. Although this course can be viewed and understood by itself, it has been created as a follow on to my Beginners Meditation - Module 1 teachings. In this lesson we give you an overview of what we are trying to achieve in module 2 relative to module 1 and 3.
In this lesson we take a look at the foundational structure with which meditation has been taught with for over 2500 years. If people have been finding this structure of practice useful for that long - it must be good.
There are many, many different meditations out there - and in this lecture, I talk about one way to understand and organise the different meditations which I believe will be very helpful to you when it comes time to to choose which meditation to do for the day.
The body is the base for the mind. And in particular the Nervous system is the physical basis for the mind. It can affect the way we think profoundly so it is very helpful to know some basics about how it works.
Did you know your body has at least 3 brains? Its is true! And further to our discussion on the nervous system we also want to talk about the 3 brains of your body.
This TV documentary was just another great story on the latest science regarding the benefits of meditation to the brain. It explains a little more about how meditation might we working at a neurological level and give clear evidence on how it can improve this such as memory, focus and other brain functions.
Meditation on feelings is the second foundation of mindfulness. By being aware of the feelings that lie within the body we will begin to understand the mind at a deeper level and therefore progress in our meditation practice.
Being aware of feelings is also one of the best "red flags" to tell us when our mind is becoming distracted.
Now it is time to dive back into the technique of mediation where we discuss the key to developing strong powers of mindfulness, clarity and intensity. We gradually increase the workload of the mind to be come ever more concentrated on the breath. * select a point to concentrate at
* Visualise the 3 colours of the breath
* Become aware of the 9 parts of a single breath
* Start counting the breath
* Be aware of where you are up to in your counting whilst doing all of the above
* And finally take a mini break to let the mind relax and re-freash.
Because the understanding of proper technique is so important I have once again summarised these instructions in this video and in a handy table you can print out - In the resources section.
It would not surprise me if you might be feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment. That is why is is critical to stay highly motivated as you work through this part of the course. Are there are lots of ways you can stay motivated.
Link to more videos
Another important way to keep motivated is to maintain a set of positive emotions. So it is important to mix in meditations on positive emotions whenever you notice the negative feeling dominating too much.
In this video we discuss the 6 obstacles that you will come across in your meditation practice.
As you begin to advance in your meditation practice you will eventually get to a stage where you can remain on the meditation object for long periods of time - and therefore calm the mind. The next step is to pacify the mind - so in this lecture we discuss the two. (Note that Pacification of the mind is the main subject of Module 3 of this course).
Now that we have talked about what the Obstacles are, lets talk about all the things you can do both during and before your mediation practice to overcome these hinderances.
Congratulations on getting to the end of module 2. Here we summarise what we learned in module 2 and discuss a little bit about module 3 and find out if you are interested in running your own community meditation group.
Run Your Own Meditation Group: https://skillfulmind.net/leader
Link to Module 3 on Udemy:
Download all Guided Meditations:
Please find all the guided modules of this module attached here in the resources section of this page.
Download them to your phone or mp3 player to take into your meditation sessions.
Peter is a life coach, meditation teacher and NLP trainer.
"I am one of the lucky few who has found their passion in life. For me, teaching (and learning from) people who want to find out how to best utilise the mind is what life is all about. And I get to do that every day and meet amazing people along the way."
Peter Radcliffe is a highly experienced and well regarded meditation teacher and NLP trainer. He teaches students though the lens of a calm mind to help bring peace, happiness and joy to their lives. Peter's unique background as a Buddhist monk empowers his retreats to be so much more than an ordinary getaway, it becomes a journey in itself.
Born and raised in Adelaide, Peter worked as an engineer for twenty years. He became interested at an early age in the practices of different philosophies and religions and studied elements of Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sufism, modern psychology and NLP. Peter travelled the world living and working for many years in the United Kingdom, Middle East, America, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and throughout Australia.
In 1993, at the age of 22, Peter spent time as a Buddhist monk in the rainforests of Thailand. During this period and since then, he has completed many meditation retreats, some up to as long as nine months in total solitary meditation.
Peter began coaching and teaching meditation to small groups in 2004. He left the corporate world behind in 2009 to teach meditation, NLP, and personal development full time.
Peter is based on the Fleurieu Peninsula, an hour south of Adelaide, and is married with three young children.