Online Meditation Course!
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Radiance Sutras Teleseminar with Dr. Lorin Roche
You can learn to meditate. It is a step-by-step process. And if you already meditate, you can improve your skills. In this short seminar, we will explore the principles of skills of meditation, using The Radiance Sutras as our guide.
Here's the basic information:
- This teleseminar will run for 8 weeks beginning September 22nd
- How much does it cost? $397 or 3 payments of $147.
- You can listen live or listen to the recording. You begin meditating right away, 30 seconds to a minute at a time, and build skills.
- The classes are live from 5:30 to 7 PM Pacific Standard Time.
- Meditation is an internal art, and the nuances of technique we cover are useful for total beginners and experts.
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Meditation is a natural human response to the perception of beauty, and also a set of skills you can learn and practice. These skills primarily have to do with tolerating intense relaxation and welcoming all the emotions and sensations that accompany restfulness.
To make the jump from being an occasional meditator, to having a joyous daily practice, you need to have these skills at your fingertips – so that, for example, when you are utterly at peace, and a disturbing thought arises, you know what to do. Or when you find yourself absorbed in your to-do list, you know how to deal with that.
In this 8-week online course, we will go in through the gateway of wonder and delight, and explore the proven guidelines for developing a daily meditation practice. You can gradually learn, step-by-step, practicing with 15-second, 30-second, one minute, two minute, and five minute meditations. At each step, you can get familiar with the necessary skills for accepting your own inner world of experience.
Meditation is beneficial and wonderful to the extent that you practice it in accord with your unique individual constitution. When approached in this way, meditation feels natural and healthy.
There is a set of skills you can learn to work with your individuality. These skills have to do with recognizing and cooperating with what deep relaxation and restfulness feel like.
The reason meditation can be so beneficial is that it is an instinct, part of your innate survival wisdom. What techniques do is allow us to consistently access these internal resources. A meditation technique is a way of giving permission to the rhythms of life.
The skills of meditation are learnable. Mostly they are very simple and have to do with accepting our inner lives. In order to thrive in meditation, we need these skills at our fingertips.
Here's a brief description of the weekly topics:
- We begin with wonder and delight - learning to approach meditation as an instinctive and natural response to the beauty of life. What happens when you mediate, in body and mind. The nature of relaxation and healing states. The nature of the stress response and its function in life. How to manage your stress levels with meditation. What to expect from 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 20 minutes of meditation. The rhythms of meditative experience - the way we tend to cycle every few seconds between restfulness and restlessness, and how to ride this rhythm and make it work for you. How to deal with thoughts and your to-do list.
- Discovering your own natural gateways, the ways in which you meditate spontaneously. Learning to be playful and exploratory in meditation. Introduction to the 112 different meditation techniques in The Radiance Sutras. Learning to trust and follow your own instincts in meditation. Giving yourself choice. Getting to know the wonderfulness that there are so many gateways into meditation - breathing, music, dancing, communing with nature, eating, and even letting your mind wander. Learn to welcome all your moods and emotions as they come and go during meditation.
- Meditating with breath. We perceive our breathing through our senses - the touch of air as it flows, smell, temperature-sensing, motion-sensing, and the "oxygen sense." Even the simplest minute of meditation can involve many senses - the more the merrier.
- Meditating with sound. The sense of hearing gives us many gateways into meditation, through listening to nature, listening to silence, or listening to internal word-thoughts as we would think of a song. In this section you will develop several meditative practices you feel comfortable with that give you access to meditative states.
- The All-Senses Meditation. Human beings have about a dozen senses. In addition to vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste, (the famous five) we have a whole range of senses to enjoy. These include temperature (thermoception), balance (the equilibrium sense, equilibroception), and the sense of motion (kinesthesia). Each of these has many nuances, and you personally have your own favorite combinations already, although you may have not thought about it. We each have our favorite combinations of senses - for example, when we are eating, we taste with our tongue and surprisingly, smell is held by sensory scientists to be most of our experience of taste, perhaps 75% ore more. When we are listening to music and totally involved in it, we are enjoying our sense of external hearing, and also our internal sense of motion and the senses we use to experience our own emotional response to the music, all those flowing, rapturous sensations. When you allow your meditation practice to be in accord with your favorite sensory patterns, then meditation feels completely natural and you feel at home in yourself. You also look forward to meditating each day.
- Meditation with movement, walking, dancing, and your favorite sports. Exploring the full range of motion from tiny, extremely subtle, almost invisible motion, to gentle walking, to vigorous motion. Learning to welcome the quiet intensity of experience during meditation, the way motion and emotion surge through our bodies and carry us into healing and restfulness.
- Meditating with spaciousness. Meditation is not concentration, where we squeeze our focus down to a small area - we all do that many hours a day when working. Giving yourself space is the feeling you have when on vacation, when you are gazing happily at your garden, the sky, the ocean, or the trees in the distance. We breathe a sigh of relief when we let ourselves be aware of spaciousness.
- How to customize your meditation to fit your daily life, your stress levels, and the challenges you are facing. When to meditate in the rhythm of a day, and how many minutes. Setting yourself free with the 112 meditations in The Radiance Sutras.