This online course is designed to walk you through meditation and mindfulness; what it is, how it works, and how it can be applied to your everyday life to bring you more peace, harmony and wellbeing. We are all aware in this modern age that stress is a huge factor in causing ill health in our lives, whether is it the mind, body or emotions, and meditation and mindfulness are fantastic tools you can use to help counteract the negative effects of stress.
The course is written by experienced meditation teacher Helen Elder, who has run her own busy healing and spiritual wellbeing clinic for many years. She also runs online meditation classes and workshops, as well as online and in-person meditation circles.
Who is this course for?
The great thing is ANYONE can learn to meditate! It is simply a skill like any other that takes a little time to learn, but with enough practice, can become a normal and fixed part of your day. Very soon you will begin to feel the benefits, and there is a meditation or a mindfulness exercise to suit everyone.
What does the course cover?
There are 5 modules in this course, with 21 chapters in total, and each module has an activity sheet and a worksheet to help you delve deeper into the information presented. There are plenty of meditation and mindfulness exercises for you to try out during this course, and all are written out with clear instructions. Some are also available as audio files.
MODULE ONE: INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS
- What is meditation and mindfulness?
- What meditation and mindfulness isn’t!
- Why meditation and mindfulness matter
- Benefits of meditation and mindfulness
- Module one worksheet
- Module one activity sheet
MODULE TWO: PUTTING MEDITATION INTO PRACTICE
- What stops you from meditating?
- How to meditate
- Creating a meditation space
- When to meditate?
- Module two worksheet
- Module two activity sheet
MODULE THREE: MEDITATION TOOLS
- The power of the breath
- Connecting with the body
- Why the present moment is important
- A useful grounding exercise
- Module three worksheet
- Module three activity sheet
MODULE FOUR: MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUES
- Easy meditations
- Breath meditation
- Mantra meditation
- Senses meditations
- Sensation meditation
- Sound meditation
- Mindfulness meditations
- Walking meditation
- Candle meditation
- Healing meditations
- Loving oneness meditation
- Gratitude meditation
- Guided meditations
- Visualisation meditation
- Journey meditations
- Module four worksheet
- Module four activity sheet
MODULE FIVE: WHAT NEXT?
- Creating a meditation practice
- Mindfulness in everyday life
- Key points
- Module five worksheet
- Module five activity sheet
What are the entry requirements?
There are no prerequisites for this course, it is open to anyone.
How long does the course take?
You can take as long as you like to study this course. Course access will expire after 1 year though!
How is the course assessed?
There is no formal assessment. Your certificate of completion will be awarded after you complete all of the modules.
You will need
Time! Have a journal ready for the activity sheets and worksheets, and for making notes along your journey, as this will really help you understand your mind and how it works, as well as what exercises suit you best.
Why study meditation and mindfulness?
Meditation and mindfulness can increase your wellbeing, helping you to feel better and more in control of your life, increasing your self-esteem and general outlook on life. This course teaches you the simple basics of meditation and mindfulness, as well as giving you lots of different techniques to choose from and practice with. A meditation practice is a very individual thing, and it’s important to choose what works for you and your lifestyle. This course will give you everything you need to develop a successful meditation and mindfulness practice.
Meditation is the umbrella term for a variety of methods and techniques that help you focus the mind and bring in more stillness.
Mindfulness is the quality of being fully engaged with whatever you are doing in every single moment. It is awareness without analysis.
Bringing a meditative practice in to your day can have long term beneficial effects on your general wellbeing, your thinking, your decision-making and your health. Even meditating for as little as 7 minutes a day can make a big difference when practiced consistently.
How to study meditation and mindfulness
This course is designed to help you understand what meditation and mindfulness is, how it works, how to navigate any resistance or doubt, how to get started and how to make it a regular part of your life. There are also plenty of practical exercises to get your teeth into. You can take the course at your own pace but regular practice means you will be able to see the benefits more quickly.
Keeping a journal of your journey into meditation and mindfulness will really help you to see your progress and to understand how it is benefitting your life.