How to start meditation in a way that will last

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We know that meditation can be of real benefit and make a positive difference in our lives. The trouble is that although it is simple to do, it can be hard to find the time for it in our busy lives. We are not used to sitting quietly and watching our own minds—so much of our time is spent getting things done and just trying to keep up!

This online course takes a simple, practical approach to setting up a manageable meditation routine, that you can stick to.

If you are new to meditation and want to get started, then there’s plenty of advice and support to help you. Or perhaps you’ve been trying to meditate for some time and are finding it more challenging than you expected? You’ll find some suggestions as to why that is and what you can do about it.

The course introduces two meditation methods and troubleshoots everything that can come up as we try to practice them. As people work through the course they have the chance to unpack everything they need to set up a strong, reliable meditation practice.

The course approach is—everyone can learn meditation and find a way to make it part of their lives. We just need to decide that it is what we want to do and then go for it!

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Start date: enrolment is now open

Duration: 7 weeks of course content + a bonus section at the end

Special features of the course:

1. A course workbook for participants to download and print

2. A special Facebook group for people on the course to meet and share

How to Start Meditation in a Way That Will Last takes people through 7 basic steps in setting up a meditation practice. Each step is made of elements of learning, inspiration, action and arriving at an outcome. Throughout the course participants will find up-to-date information on current scientific research into the effects of meditation on the brain and what that means for us.

The course is made up of a combination of text, videos, photos, exercises and discussions. There are techniques to try out and some of these are available as audio recordings.

The 7 Steps of How to Start Meditation in a Way That Will Last

Step 1: getting started

Step 1 focuses on the benefits of meditation and the importance of making a connection with how it can help you personally.

Step 2: Choosing your method

Step 2 covers learning the two methods of meditation that we will work with during the course. Students learn how to set up a session of meditation.

Step 3: Meditation - knowing our mind

STEP 3 looks into how our mind works. We explore the tendency of our mind to wander and become distracted but we also connect with the natural quality of mind.

Step 4: Finding the time for meditation

STEP 4 goes into the problem that everyone has—how to find the time for meditation. We’ll explore the pros and cons of different times of the day, as well as exploring how we can weave short sessions of meditation into everyday activities.

Step 5: The stuff that gets in the way

Step 5 is about all the things that can trip us up, as we try to get going with meditation. We look at what stops us getting started in the first place and then how things can get tricky even while we are meditating.

Step 6: How to make meditation a habit

Step 6 shows how when we make meditation a habit and a natural part of our routine, it is much easier to keep it going.

Step 7: Gathering confidence

Step 7 goes into the scientific research and relates it to our own personal experience.

Finishing up the course

outcome-selfcompassion

What people will take away from the course

• An understanding of why they want to meditate and how it can help them

• Experience of two different methods of meditation

• A practical understanding of how to set up a session of meditation

• Some insight into how their minds work

• Experience of how to make meditation part of their lives

• An understanding of why meditation can be challenging and what to do about it

• Experience of how to make meditation a habit

• Some knowledge of current scientific research into the benefits of meditation.

Some questions that I often get asked about meditation

• Why can’t I stop my thoughts?

• Over the last couple of weeks my meditation fell apart—what should I do?

• My thoughts and emotions seem more wild since I started to meditate—what’s happening?

• What is the best time to meditate?

• Can I sit on a chair to meditate?

All these and more are answered in the 7 STEPS.

What people have said

I found the course packed full of excellent material and references. I have trouble motivating myself to meditate, even though I know I find it beneficial. In the course, the benefits of meditation are very clearly explained, in many different ways. I felt myself gradually strengthening my understanding and motivation, and found it really helpful to practise in short sessions, not even every day at first. This thing about how to build up a lasting habit - that’s really helpful and was new to me. It explained a lot about where changing my habits hasn’t worked in the past. I really recommend this course, especially if you are doubtful about what meditation can do for you or think you can’t manage to fit it in to your schedule.

Fiona Feather

The benefits of meditation are endless - from the widely acknowledged psychological and mental positives to its powers in developing inner peace and self-comprehension. The benefits are vast, the practice simple, yet solid and nurturing guidance is the key to long-lasting practice.

Maureen’s course seamlessly weaves personal experience and expertise with pertinent insights from renowned thought leaders. it is rare to find a course led by such an accomplished teacher, who’s first hand knowledge helps us navigate pitfalls of practice and difficulties so often encountered when just starting out. Highly recommended!

Matt Arscott

Enrolment and cost

OPTION 1

Course fee $85.00

This includes:

• Access to content, activities and exercises for the 7 STEPS of the course + 1 bonus wrap up session.

• An individual workbook to download and print

• A variety of downloadable meditation exercises in written and/or audio format

• Unlimited interactive emails with the courses facilitator throughout the course

• Access to a special Facebook Group created for people doing this course

OPTION 2 Course + coaching option

Course fee $120.00

This includes:

• Access to content, activities and exercises for the 7 STEPS of the course + 1 bonus wrap up session.

• An individual workbook to download and print

• A variety of downloadable meditation exercises in written and/or audio format

• Unlimited interactive emails with the courses facilitator throughout the course

• Access to a special Facebook Group created for people doing this course

• A 30-minute individual coaching session with Maureen at the end of the course to review your progress and look ahead to how to continue after the course finishes.

How does the course work?


• The 7 STEPS of How to start meditation in a way that will last are all online with an easily downloadable workbook, exercises and quotes.

• An invitation to begin STEP 1 will arrive in your in-box as soon as you enrol.

• There is a bonus section to help you plan for how to continue with meditation when the course ends.

• As long as you have an internet connection you can access the content anywhere and at any time.

• You have continued access to the materials even after the cruise finishes.

• Every week a notification that the next STEP is available to you will arrive in your in-box. This will happen every seventh day after you joined the course, giving you plenty of time to work with each STEP.

• Each STEP can be covered in about an hour + time to practice during the week.

• This is self-paced course, so you can catch up and review past materials at any time.

• You can add comments and ask questions as you go through the materials.

• As your facilitator I will read all your comments and answer your questions and perhaps add some of my own.

Maureen

Maureen Cooper: your course facilitator

Maureen Cooper is the founding director of Awareness in Action, an organization dedicated to showing people how to combine well-being and excellence in the work environment. Drawing on more than twenty years of experience as a professional educator, senior manager in a non-profit organization, an entrepreneur and as an accomplished practitioner of Buddhist meditation, she leads the in-demand Awareness in Action workshops and training programs all over the United States and Europe.

Her acclaimed book, The Compassionate Mind Guide to Reducing Stress is a groundbreaking effort that brings together the best of modern science and the wisdom of the world’s ancient contemplative traditions into a practical manual for thriving in today’s insanely fast-paced world.

When she’s able to take a break from rigors of the road, Maureen lives stress-free in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with her husband.