Online Course from January 6 - February 17, 2019
Start the New Year on a strong footing and join me for a six-week (7 session) journey toward starting or deepening an established meditation practice. Each week you will have access to a short video where I will present that week’s topic, along with practices and practical suggestions. Included will be weekly guided meditations as a support for your practice. The final session will be a live video conference where lingering questions will be addressed.
Meditation is not the esoteric and inaccessible thing it is often made out to be, but rather a natural ability of the human mind. This course emphasizes the practical and is non-sectarian, secular and available to all who wish to explore the depth and functioning nature of the mind.
I am making this offering as accessible as possible for an introductory tuition fee of only $27 for the complete course.
Registration is now open. You can register through Pay Pal accessing my email:
Be sure to note that you are signing up for "Commit To Sit"
Jan 6: “Getting Started” This first week we look at asana, the seat of the yogi and practice will emphasize using the breath to cultivate easeful concentration, the basis for all meditation, including the use of mantra.
Jan 13: “Basics” Alignment is important for all yoga practice, including sitting meditation. This week we explore the importance of orienting ourselves to practice through the concept of “Refuge” and the ethical foundation for practice. Guided loving-kindness/compassion meditation will be included.
Jan 20: “Body Practice” A common misunderstanding is that meditation is a ‘mind-based’ thing when in fact it can be a deeper experience of embodiment. This week our practice will be focused on sensation and feeling tone. Walking meditation will be introduced as well as a short description of using yoga-asana as a tool for practicing mindfulness of the body.
Jan 27: “Everyday Practice” While maintaining a formal sitting practice is important, we need to also cultivate ways of taking practice off the cushion or mat and into our daily life. The use of “micro-practices” and “bells of mindfulness” will be presented along with the formal practice of gratitude.
Feb 3: “Overcoming Hindrances” There is no journey that doesn’t involve some challenges. This week we will cover ways to deal with distraction as well as the various forms of craving, aversion, dullness, restlessness and doubt. “The Five Remembrances” is a contemplation that can focus our intention and motivation for practice while reducing fear and anxiety.
Feb 10: “Staying With It” For the final week together, the “Meditator’s Toolkit” will be examined and Big Sky Mind meditation will be our practice.
Feb 17: “Live Sangha ‘Circle” This final session will be a teleconference where any final thoughts, questions and insights can be shared. It will be recorded for those unable to attend during the live session.