with Mark W. Muesse
Online Class

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

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Overview

What is meditation? Join Professor Mark W. Muesse, Ph.D., for a dynamic exploration of this ancient practice. You’ll come away with a clear understanding of the essence of mediation and how to practice it.

Details

  • beginner
  • 24 episodes
  • 12h30m

Included in this Class

1. Mindlessness: The Default Setting
32m

1. Mindlessness: The Default Setting

Do you control your mind, or does your mind control you? Investigate how the mind operates and the condition of "mindlessness," the pervasive swirl of thoughts and judgments that separate you from the world around you.

2. Mindfulness: The Power of Awareness
33m

2. Mindfulness: The Power of Awareness

Explore the notion of "mindfulness," or nonjudgmental attention to experience, as it occurs in everyday life and as a deliberate practice.

3. Expectations: Relinquishing Preconceptions
33m

3. Expectations: Relinquishing Preconceptions

Prof. Muesse introduces the practice of meditation as a tool for developing mindfulness. Here, distinguish the true nature of mindfulness meditation from common preconceptions about it.

1. Mindlessness: The Default Setting

1. Mindlessness: The Default Setting

2. Mindfulness: The Power of Awareness

2. Mindfulness: The Power of Awareness

3. Expectations: Relinquishing Preconceptions

3. Expectations: Relinquishing Preconceptions

4. Preparation: Taking Moral Inventory

4. Preparation: Taking Moral Inventory

5. Position: Where to Be for Meditation

5. Position: Where to Be for Meditation

6. Breathing: Finding a Focus for Attention

6. Breathing: Finding a Focus for Attention

7. Problems: Stepping-Stones to Mindfulness

7. Problems: Stepping-Stones to Mindfulness

8. Body: Attending to Our Physical Natures

8. Body: Attending to Our Physical Natures

9. Mind: Working With Thoughts

9. Mind: Working With Thoughts

10. Walking: Mindfulness While Moving

10. Walking: Mindfulness While Moving

11. Consuming: Watching What You Eat

11. Consuming: Watching What You Eat

12. Driving: Staying Awake at the Wheel

12. Driving: Staying Awake at the Wheel

13. Insight: Clearing the Mind

13. Insight: Clearing the Mind

14. Wisdom: Seeing the World as It Is

14. Wisdom: Seeing the World as It Is

15. Compassion: Expressing Fundamental Kindness

15. Compassion: Expressing Fundamental Kindness

16. Imperfection: Embracing Our Flaws

16. Imperfection: Embracing Our Flaws

17. Wishing: May All Beings Be Well and Happy

17. Wishing: May All Beings Be Well and Happy

18. Generosity: The Joy of Giving

18. Generosity: The Joy of Giving

19. Speech: Training the Tongue

19. Speech: Training the Tongue

20. Anger: Cooling the Fires of Irritation

20. Anger: Cooling the Fires of Irritation

21. Pain: Embracing Physical Discomfort

21. Pain: Embracing Physical Discomfort

22. Grief: Learning to Accept Loss

22. Grief: Learning to Accept Loss

23. Finitude: Living in the Face of Death

23. Finitude: Living in the Face of Death

24. Life: Putting It All in Perspective

24. Life: Putting It All in Perspective