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Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

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Master the core practices of mindfulness practices including preparation, position, breathing and more.

Skill Level

Beginner

What You Get

  • 24 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a 204-page course guidebook
  • More than 12 hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

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Class 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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Mindlessness: The Default Setting
32:23
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
32:40
3. Expectations: Relinquishing Preconceptions
32:51
4. Preparation: Taking Moral Inventory
33:00
5. Position: Where to Be for Meditation
29:58
6. Breathing: Finding a Focus for Attention
32:34
7. Problems: Stepping-Stones to Mindfulness
33:47
8. Body: Attending to Our Physical Natures
24:13
9. Mind: Working With Thoughts
31:56
10. Walking: Mindfulness While Moving
29:05
11. Comsuming: Watching What You Eat
34:03
12. Driving: Staying Awake at the Wheel
30:12
13. Insight: Clearing the Mind
31:39
14. Wisdom: Seeing the World as It Is
33:51
15. Compassion: Expressing Fundamental Kindness
29:36
16. Imperfection: Embracing Our Flaws
31:57
17. Wishing: May All Beings Be Well and Happy
27:40
18. Generosity: The Joy of Giving
29:23
19. Speech: Training the Tongue
28:47
20. Anger: Cooling the Fires of Irritation
30:19
21. Pain: Embracing Physical Discomfort
34:55
22. Grief: Learning to Accept Loss
32:03
23. Finitude: Living in the Face of Death
31:12
24. Life: Putting It All in Perspective
31:30

Taught by

Mark W. Muesse
Mark W. Muesse
Mark W. Muesse is W. J. Millard Professor of Religious Studies, director of the Asian Studies program, and director of the "Life: Then and Now" program at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Known for his experiential teaching style, Professor Muesse was honored for his effective use of imaginative and creative pedagogy as well as his ability to motivate his students toward lifelong study.

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