Mindfulness and Meditation Courses
- Straightforward, precise meditation instructions, so you know how to practice correctly
- Support and encouragement to help you make your meditation practice a daily habit
- Guidance on how to take mindfulness off the cushion and systematically apply it to all areas of your daily life
The reason I focus on these three areas is simple.
Time is precious
Without precise instruction, much your efforts and good intentions are wasted, and the process of developing your mindfulness skills takes much longer than necessary.
And without a solid habit of daily practice, you’ll be on a roller coaster ride of making some progress, then slipping back, then starting up again, catching up to where you used to be, then slipping back, … on and on and on. I’ve been on that ride and I want to make sure it doesn’t happen to you!
It’s all about bringing the benefits of mindfulness into your daily life
From my perspective, the purpose of meditation is to develop mindfulness.
And the purpose of developing mindfulness is to apply it to improve your quality of life and further your spiritual development.
It’s nice if the meditation sessions help you to relax after a hectic day, but that’s not the main point.
So, to really begin to experience the profound benefits of this practice, you need to bring it into your daily life.
Only in the messy, day to day interactions with other people and in the push-pull entanglements of desire and aversion can you learn to move beyond your habitual reactions to things like stress, anxiety and intense emotions and learn to respond to them with skill and flexibility, to be mentally resilient.
With these fundamentals, you’ll also be able to use your mindfulness skills for spiritual development (if that’s your thing), to begin to tease apart your sense of identity and directly observe the underlying nature of mind itself.
How I teach
My approach to teaching is decidedly non-New Agey.
There’s no background music in my guided meditations and I prioritize depth and precision in practice over variety.
I also like to wean my course participants off guided meditations and get them meditating independently as soon as possible.
I do it this way because that’s what I’ve found gets the best results for my students.
Current course offerings
Here are the courses that I currently offer:
This is a free meditation group that I run on Facebook. It’s designed for people who are new to meditation and want to give it a try, as well as for more experienced meditators who want to maintain a consistent, daily practice with the support of a group.
Everyone in the group makes a commitment to meditate every day for 7 days.
Downloadable guided meditations and practice instructions are provided, daily meditation tips and pointers are posted every day in the group, and I do my best to answer any questions you may have about your meditation practice.
This is the course I wish I had when I got started!
The Mindfulness Crash Course is an online course I’ve developed specifically to take aspiring meditators from their very first meditation session, all the way to being able to meditate successfully on their own, without needing the support of a guided practice.
Along the way, I’ll show you how to avoid the common mistakes and blind alleys that most people run into when first learning how to do this stuff.
I’ll also show you how to cultivate mindfulness in a very effective way so you can start to apply it in your daily life as quickly as possible (which, after all, is the whole point!)
The 30 Days of Mindfulness is a very intense course and requires a considerable commitment, so it’s definitely not for everyone!
This program is designed to do three things:
- Make your daily meditation practice a rock-solid habit
- Take your mindfulness skills to the next level by teaching you the not-so-obvious little details that can make a huge difference in your practice
- Show you how to systematically apply mindfulness to make dramatic improvements in your daily life
If you feel that you’re ready to make a greater commitment to your practice and go beyond the generic, psychologized version of mindfulness that you find on the bestseller rack in most bookstores, then the 30 Days of Mindfulness may be a perfect fit for you.