Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

Course No. 1933
Professor Mark W. Muesse, Ph.D.
Rhodes College
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What Will You Learn?

  • Master the core practices of the mindfulness tradition, including preparation, position, breathing, and more.
  • Discover how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.
  • Learn how to practice awareness while eating, with a rewarding exercise that vividly highlights all five of your senses.
  • Practice two forms of meditation for alleviating pain and physical discomfort of all kinds.
  • Achieve a marked and lasting reduction of stress through the application of meditative principles.
  • Increase your capacity for learning, enhance your memory, and gain clarity in your thinking.

Course Overview

What is meditation? For thousands of years, human beings have practiced refined techniques of mental focusing, designed to change the habitual conditioning of the mind. Central to many spiritual and philosophical traditions and known in English as "meditation," these practices are considered a major means for enhanced awareness and self-mastery.

In recent decades, modern science has dramatically confirmed what advanced meditators have long claimed—that meditation, correctly practiced, offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being.

The many practical benefits of meditation include

  • marked and lasting reduction of stress;
  • increased ability to focus and concentrate, as well as clarity of thinking;
  • freedom from detrimental patterns of thought and emotion;
  • increased learning capacity and memory; and
  • greatly enhanced well-being and peacefulness.

If practiced consistently, the results are real and very far-reaching. In the largest sense, meditation allows you to live in harmony with the realities of the world—to embrace life's ever-changing impermanence, to live in equanimity with the inevitable ups and downs of being human, and to feel deeply connected to the whole of life.

Now, in Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation, award-winning Professor Mark W. Muesse of Rhodes College takes you on a dynamic exploration of your own mind, giving you a clear and useable understanding of the essence of meditation and how to practice it.

In 24 detailed lectures, using numerous guided exercises, Professor Muesse teaches you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. As a major strength of the course, you learn in depth how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states, in deepening sensory awareness of the body, and in becoming deeply attentive to the operation of your mind. Emphasizing clarity and practical understanding, this course will leave you with a solid basis for your own meditation practice and for bringing meditation's remarkable and empowering benefits to every area of your life.

"Mindfulness"—The Eye of the Witness

Meditation, as you learn it here, is closely related to the notion of "mindfulness." In Professor Muesse's words, "Mindfulness is a deliberate way of paying attention to what is occurring within oneself as it is happening. It is the process of attentively observing your experience as it unfolds, without judgment or evaluation."

"Meditation," he adds, "refers to certain exercises that can be used to enlarge and refine mindfulness." Meditation cultivates mindfulness by training you to develop deep attention to the present moment, allowing the mind to become settled and centered.

With the ongoing practice of meditation, you gain the ability to bring the liberating effects of mindful awareness to moment-to-moment living. Ultimately, this means developing a mind of openness and flexibility, profound physical calmness, and a deepening freedom to choose how you respond to life.

Throughout the lectures of this course, you practice the principles of mindfulness through focused meditations and guided exercises, including these:

  • Sitting meditation: The core practice of the mindfulness tradition. You learn the specific methods of meditation with mindful awareness.
  • Body scan meditation: A second fundamental practice, bringing deep focus to the body and bodily sensations, promoting both concentration and physical relaxation.
  • Mindful engagement with thoughts: You learn four specific practices for releasing detrimental patterns of thought.
  • Metta meditation: Central to the mindfulness tradition, you learn this form of directed contemplation, focusing on the well-being of others and powerfully effective for cultivating compassion.
  • Meditations for physical pain: You practice two forms of meditation for alleviating pain and physical discomfort of all kinds.

The Insights of Meditation in Action

Building on your practice-based understanding, Professor Muesse takes the exploration into many different areas of life, showing you in depth how meditation and mindfulness apply to daily living.

Early in the course, you practice meditative awareness in the act of eating, in an exercise vividly highlighting all five senses. This exercise uncovers a richness of experience that usually goes unexplored and illustrates one of meditation's significant benefits—being deeply present in the moments of your own life.

You study the mindfulness tradition's approach to difficult emotions, using the example of anger. Here you find a way of disarming anger that builds on meditation, based in nonjudgmental attention, conscious acceptance, and the mental spaciousness to choose your response.

In the course's second half, you explore how mindfulness is used both in building qualities of personal character and in facing life's most challenging experiences. In individual lectures, you learn specific practices for cultivating generosity, empathy, and the beneficial use of speech, and for dealing with the inevitability of loss and grief.

Clarity on the Nature of Reality

As a core theme of this course, you delve into one of the most revealing and practical benefits of mindfulness—the freedom that comes with rigorous clarity about the nature of reality. Drawing on what Buddhism calls the "three marks of existence,"

  • you see how our conditioned resistance to the transience and passing away of all things causes suffering, and how mindfulness practice allows you to freely and joyfully embrace life's impermanence;
  • you explore the ways in which mindful awareness gives you freedom from the "insatiable" quality of human experience—the tendency to endlessly pursue the outward symbols of happiness and achievement;
  • you look at the factors that determine the sense of separateness that burdens many people, and how mindfulness practice leads to a fundamental experience of connectedness to the whole.

The Power of Living Mindfully

An expert in Eastern philosophies, Professor Muesse is the rare teacher with both extensive academic credentials and decades of experience as a meditator, having studied and practiced with meditation masters in Thailand, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. He enriches your experience with compelling reflections on his own journey with mindfulness practice, filmed demonstrations of key techniques, and enthralling stories and perspectives from the great spirits of history.

You hear the Buddha's penetrating counsel to a woman in the throes of grief, and Rilke's passionate words on the necessity of giving joyful consent to all of life. You hear about Professor Muesse's own transformative experience with the practice of generosity, and you contemplate the Zen parable of a man caught between two hungry tigers, highlighting the existential choices we all face in living rich and satisfying lives and in savoring life to the full.

In Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation, Professor Muesse offers you a rare and extraordinary opportunity. By grasping the essential nature of meditation and mindful awareness within the setting of specific, grounded practice, you deepen the power to shape your own mind and experience, to know a well-being that is not ruled by circumstances, and to find yourself truly and lastingly at home in the world.

Join Professor Muesse in this empowering journey of the spirit—the art of living at its most fulfilling, expansive, and meaningful.

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24 lectures
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  • 1
    Mindlessness—The Default Setting
    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. Consider the possibility of cultivating the mind in ways conducive to deep well-being for yourself and others. x
  • 2
    Mindfulness—The Power of Awareness
    Explore the notion of "mindfulness"—nonjudgmental attention to experience—as it occurs in everyday life and as a deliberate practice. Note the many benefits of mindfulness practice, from the freedom to choose how you respond to life, to releasing detrimental emotions and patterns of thinking, to its effects on your physical health. x
  • 3
    Expectations—Relinquishing Preconceptions
    This lecture introduces the practice of meditation as a tool for developing mindfulness. Here, distinguish the true nature of mindfulness meditation from common preconceptions about it, revealing its capacity to instill a deeper connection to reality, as well as cultivating a wisdom based in empathy and compassion. x
  • 4
    Preparation—Taking Moral Inventory
    In approaching meditation, consider the interconnections of ethical behavior with the development of mindfulness and the shaping of personal character. Drawing from the Buddha's teachings, explore five precepts of behavior that are conducive to the greatest benefits of meditation practice, based in the fundamental principle of not harming others or yourself. x
  • 5
    Position—Where to Be for Meditation
    Now learn about the most beneficial physical conditions for your meditation. First, consider the time of day and the physical setting that will best serve your practice. Then, study the most effective sitting postures on the floor, cushions, or chair and the optimum alignment of the body for mindfulness meditation. x
  • 6
    Breathing—Finding a Focus for Attention
    Mindfulness meditation is based in the use of an anchor or focus of attention, allowing the mind to calm itself. Using your breathing as the focus, learn in detail about the fundamental elements of sitting meditation, focusing attention on the breath and returning to it when the mind strays, without judgment. x
  • 7
    Problems—Stepping-Stones to Mindfulness
    Here, explore difficulties often encountered in meditation and ways of working with them that are also useful in the larger context of living. Consider physical discomfort and the specific use of mindfulness itself in working through it. Look also at ways to strengthen concentration and to counter frustration and discouragement. x
  • 8
    Body—Attending to Our Physical Natures
    Building on your work with mindfulness practice, learn another technique that augments and supports meditation. The "body scan" directs focused attention to different areas of the body, promoting deeper sensory awareness, relaxation, and concentration. With Professor Muesse's guidance, experience a 20-minute body scan meditation, a fundamental practice of self-compassion. x
  • 9
    Mind—Working with Thoughts
    The mindfulness tradition has much to say on the nature of thoughts and their power to shape personality and character. Here, learn specific ways to identify detrimental thoughts and a variety of methods to work with them, demonstrating that you can influence the conditioned mind through conscious and deliberate response to your own thoughts. x
  • 10
    Walking—Mindfulness While Moving
    Walking meditation, another core element of the mindfulness tradition, allows you to practice mindfulness wherever and whenever you go. Learn walking meditation in detail, including beneficial conditions for practice, the method of mindful walking, where to focus your attention, and advanced variations on the practice. x
  • 11
    Consuming—Watching What You Eat
    When approached with mindfulness, eating offers heightened awareness and undiscovered depth of experience. This lecture takes you on a rich exploration of mindful eating, beginning with an eating "meditation," using all five senses. Then contemplate mindful eating in daily life and detailed suggestions for sharing a fully mindful meal with others. x
  • 12
    Driving—Staying Awake at the Wheel
    As a familiar and potentially hazardous activity, driving provides a perfect "laboratory" for practicing mindfulness. Assess your own approach to driving and bring the principles of meditation to bear on the road; in particular, giving focused attention to the present moment, to your sensory experience and emotions. x
  • 13
    Insight—Clearing the Mind
    Practicing mindfulness over time prepares the mind for "insight," which in this tradition means seeing clearly into the fundamental nature of reality. Begin an inquiry into what Buddhism calls the three "marks" of existence with the notion of impermanence—the eternal arising and passing away of all phenomena. x
  • 14
    Wisdom—Seeing the World as It Is
    Now investigate dukkha, the insatiable quality of human experience—seen in our endless pursuit of the symbols of well-being and achievement and avoidance of unwanted experience. Finally, contemplate not-self—penetrating the illusion of the "I"; as an entity separate from the rest of reality, which must be bolstered, protected, and satisfied. x
  • 15
    Compassion—Expressing Fundamental Kindness
    With relation to mindfulness practice, explore compassion—the desire to alleviate suffering—as an essential component of our nature as human beings. See how compassion allows us to look at suffering without aversion or attachment, and learn specific practices for developing empathy and deeply recognizing the inner experience of others. x
  • 16
    Imperfection—Embracing Our Flaws
    Finding compassion for ourselves is greatly challenging for many of us. Consider the complex of beliefs, attitudes, and conditioning that underlie this; in particular, the thorny phenomenon of perfectionism. Learn how to embrace and accept both imperfection and perfectionism itself as an opening to freedom and deeper humanity. x
  • 17
    Wishing—May All Beings Be Well and Happy
    The mindfulness tradition offers an additional practice that is highly effective in revealing and cultivating compassion. With Professor Muesse's guidance, experience metta meditation, a focused contemplation wishing well-being and peace for others. See how this practice works to relinquish alienation and hostility and to deepen solidarity with all humanity. x
  • 18
    Generosity—The Joy of Giving
    Here, study the mindfulness tradition's insights concerning attachment to "things," our culture's dominant emphasis on possessions, and the psychological roots of greed. Learn about the Buddhist tradition of dana (sharing with others) and specific practices that reveal the life-giving effects of generosity on the giver and receiver. x
  • 19
    Speech—Training the Tongue
    Mindfulness practice brings focus to the critical link between speech and behavior. Consider the ways in which both inner experience and outward action are influenced by our use of language. Reflecting on four Buddhist principles of skillful communication, explore mindful attention to speaking and the use of language in genuinely beneficial ways. x
  • 20
    Anger—Cooling the Fires of Irritation
    This lecture discusses the challenges of dealing with anger and ways to disarm it using the skills you've studied. Reflect on our cultural predisposition to either suppress anger or to express it thoughtlessly, and a third way offered by mindfulness, of nonjudgmental observation, acceptance, and the mental spaciousness to choose your response. x
  • 21
    Pain—Embracing Physical Discomfort
    The skills of mindfulness offer powerful means to work with physical discomfort of all kinds. Consider the crucial distinction between pain and suffering as it directly affects our perceptions. Then experience two meditations for alleviating physical suffering—first, focusing on observing the exact sensation itself, then, on your response to the sensation. x
  • 22
    Grief—Learning to Accept Loss
    In reflecting on the universality of loss, take a deeper look at the notion of impermanence and how refusal to embrace life's transience affects our experience of living. Learn how mindfulness approaches grief through centering focus in the present moment and fully experiencing what grief brings to us without fear or aversion. x
  • 23
    Finitude—Living in the Face of Death
    The mindfulness tradition considers reflecting on death to be both liberating and essential to living a full and satisfying life. Contemplate the ways in which our culture conditions us to avoid and deny death, and learn four meditations that deepen both the awareness of life's transience and our ability to live freely. x
  • 24
    Life—Putting It All in Perspective
    Finally, consider various possibilities for continuing your practice through the methods you've learned, further study, and retreats. Professor Muesse concludes with reflections on his own path and on the very real capacity of mindfulness practice to profoundly alter our perceptions of self, the world, and our place in it. x

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Mark W. Muesse, Ph.D.
Rhodes College
Dr. 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. He earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in English Literature from Baylor University and a Master of Theological Studies, a Master of Arts, and a Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard University. Before taking his position at Rhodes,...
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Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 336.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great video for a beginner This is the second one I bought it for a friend of mine. I have been doing yoga and meditation for over 15 years and I know the benefit of it. But the concept of the mindfulness give the beginner a concept of keeping the mind "one pointed".
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great course! One must experience the learning towards true awareness on their own...words just won’t due. Finally a comprehensible purveance of true mindfulness/meditation, not just isomeric new age babble. I Highly recommend this course of lectures.
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Still have not received my course. Still have not received my course.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slowing down to the speed of life I am about halfway through the lectures and savouring every lesson. A couple of times I have gone back to go over some of the material. Meditation is not a quick fix and this is not a 'speedy guide'; there is so much depth and the Muesse covers every facet in careful, considered language. Not everyone gets 'dry' humour but I laugh out loud every lesson. No, there are no emojis here to tell you what to feel but he often makes (hilarious) deadpan jokes. I love it; one of my favourite courses so far.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course for meditation This is a very well presented and organised meditation courses. You will learn some very good techniques about meditation and also good advice on well being. High recommended and definitely value for money
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to understand and follow I wanted an easy way to learn meditation, I tried different approach before and was not satisfied. This video is easy to follow and understand and i really enjoy the narrator.
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Think I want a refund. So far I am 3 lettuces in and he is still telling me what he is going to tell me.... that is he as really said nothing yet.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practicing Mindfulness: Outstanding! I have studied for 15 years with Tibetan monks and seen the fruit of mindfullness. I even taught a meditation class in prison. What was lacking in my experience was an integrated course (as this is) taught from a western perspective by a teacher experienced in religions of the world and western psychology. Moreover, Dr. Muesse's approach is through practice sessions, not merely lectures. Outstanding!
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for drawing people into buying the book I have found this to be one of the best videos I have ever had a chance to see & hear. Dr,Musse’s message is so true as regards how almost all of us live our lives from one day to the next.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting. More talk than action..
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am so impressed with this course!! I have tried many times in the past to meditate and just couldn’t! With this course everything is just talked about so clearly and any troubles that pop up are delt with so that now I know it’s all just normal! I am loving learning to meditate!!
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Meditation Professor I purchased this course a few weeks ago and the experience has been amazing so far. The professor is absolutely wonderful.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Useful for Everyday Life Dr. Muesse is very open and down to earth. Talks at a rate of speech that is easy to follow. His voice fluctuations are conversational. His gestures are natural. He looks directly into the camera so he is talking to his audience. Dr. Muesse explains than demonstrates. Demonstration is very important in understanding the “how to” of mindfulness. He guides you through several practice meditations. He shares before and after experiences from his own life. He is honest and comes across as just one of the group. He never puts down others believes, instead he encourages those of any belief to practice mindfulness. Even though he quotes the Buddha, he does not try to persuade anyone to convert to Buddhism. Do not let the word “meditation” scare you away from an edifying course that can help you be a better, happier, more compassionate, and more content person regardless of your spiritual believes. This does not teach you to blank out your mind and let a “spirit guide” take control. It is different from others forms of meditation in that respect. Mindfulness can be practiced even when you are not meditating. If you are kinetic and have difficulty sitting still like me, he does teach walking meditation and gives a demonstration. Dr. Muesse teaches how mindfulness can be used in many normal experiences of life. Subjects covered include: driving, anger, pain, grief, wisdom, insight and so-on. And a side note for us Christians: A lot of Buddha teachings are in the Bible such as the Golden Rule (Luke 6:31), do not judge others (Matthew 7:1), and love one another (John 13:34). The Bible also instructs us to meditate, or fix our thoughts, on the Word (Philippians 4:8). Although Christian churches preach compassion and kindness, they rarely tell you HOW to have that attitude. Mindfulness will help you to develop these. The practice is adaptable to meditating on scripture and prayer.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to understand, easy to practice The professor introduces new concepts in easy to understands terms and images. He emphasizes the need to practice meditating as a skill, encourages learners to experiment and try, and be patient as they learn a new skill with a new focus. The accompanying book emphasizes key points, and has helpful written questions to address in a journal. But the lectures add a wealth of additional information. I find one 30 minute lesson provides enough new information, new insights and new motivation for me to practice.I have been meditating prior to this course, and it has really enhanced my practice and progress with mindfulness. The emphasis on the course is importance of mindfulness, and just plain practicing meditation to progress toward that goal.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mindfulness Meditation This course is beneficial for a beginner like myself. It's easy to listen to and follow along. This is a first time purchase for me and will not be the last.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best overall course in mindfulness meditation I highly recommend this course in meditation, specifically because it is rooted in Buddhist philosophy which gives is greater impact than training based on stress reduction/relaxation models. If you are already a practicing Buddhist, it will enhance your practice through the combining of conceptual understanding and experiential work on the cushion. It has both depth and breadth and is often amusing with interesting anecdotes and personal testimony. If you are not a practicing Buddhist, it will give you an accessible introduction to basic concepts in a non religious message. I am already listening to it for the second and third round.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT COURSE FOR BEGINNERS I have read a lot of books, attended a lot of courses, seen a lot of doctors and can say that a great many of the authors/instructors/doctors have said that practicing medication is a very good thing to create a sense of calmness and even promote good health. None of these people ever gave instructions on HOW to meditate. I tried teaching myself but frankly was not very good at it. When I saw this 24 lesson course offered on The Great Course web site it was like providence sent me to the site and caused my eyes to see this course out of the hundreds being offered. Or in other words, it was meant to be. I listened and watched all 24 lessons. When a course or book causes you to periodically pause and just think about what you have just heard/watched, that in my opinion is a GREAT COURSE/BOOK/VIDEO! This is a GREAT COURSE/VIDEO. It is so much more than I had anticipated receiving and that is another measure of a good course/book/video. I can say without a doubt that I now know how to meditate and it is not what I thought it was going to be. The course offers so much more than just how to meditate - it is about life in general. I could not write anything that would truly embody my strong recommendation that everyone should take the course if for no other reason than it gets you to think about life like you may never have before. My test of value is very simple. Would I recommend others taking the course? ABSOLUTELY! Would I take the course again? DEFINITELY and will. Would I buy it as a gift for others? DEFINITELY and probably will. It is definitely a path towards a greater peace of mind!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing I bought this not expecting much, but when practiced as per guidance is really life changing.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just received the course and need to have more time to truthfully evaluate the whole course. So far I am enjoying it very much. The Professor has a good speaking voice and keeps my attention focused on what he is saying.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Required listening! I only wish I had listened to this years ago. Why wouldn’t I want to gain control over the random thoughts that clutter my mind and distract me? Never before was Mindfulness (meditation) presented as such a clear and desirable path. Already it has shown dividends as I have altered my style of driving. I look forward to more benefits to come as I practice mental focus.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent presenter Although I have heard about mindfulness before, the presenter make it very practical and motivated me to practice it because of its health benefits.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good introduction to meditation Very thorough discussion of history of meditation and practicing mindfulness, together with details about ways of doing it. Very simple concepts are perhaps dwelt on for too long, but the subject is well covered. Good "starter" course.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mindfulness Meditation Transformative lessons! I highly recommend this series.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Practical! I have been practicing mindful meditation for a year and purchased this course to broaden my understanding of applications and techniques. I was very pleased with the practical nature of the content. Very useful for people learning mindfulness or people improving their skills.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Slow and basic I would only recommend to someone who has no background in mindfulness or meditation. The delivery is slow and not very deep or engaging.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from unexpected Did not cover what I thought It would. Lecturer was ok for dry information but I was hoping for more of instructural class as opposed to informational. Did not work for me.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and practical! I was a complete beginner at meditation and found the lecture series took me through all the steps in a methodical way so that by the end I became a confident meditator. The foundations of mindfulness were fully explained as were all the practical aspects such as how to sit, how often, when, where etc. The lecturer also introduced many different kinds of meditation and included both secular and religious aspects that should make everyone of all spiritual backgrounds comfortable. The delivery of the lectures was purposeful and easy to understand but I realize this is only the beginning. What a great introduction to a new way of understanding life and the world.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful course! I am really enjoying this course and learning quite a bit, even though I'm an experienced meditate. Thank you to Great Courses!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent and useful meditation course. This is the first course that I have taken on meditation and to my surprise it has been of enormous help in getting me started with the practice. Professor Muesse comes across as extremely sympathetic and patient. He does a careful job of showing the techniques of meditation as well as giving a fairly detailed discussion of the theory and historical background. No doubt his many years of teaching has helped in this achievement. I will certainly return to a number of the lectures to increase my competance in the area. If there is anything negative to say it might be that some of the discussions come across as a bit preachy, perhaps due to Professor Muesse's seriousness about the subject. This did not deter me, but I can imagine it being annoying so some. And of course as with anything in an area connected to philosophy, psychology and religon, I found a number of point that I disagree with. In a way this made the course even more valuable. I'm also aware that some take a viewpoint that meditation goes beyond simply inculcating mindfulness, but allows one to deeply examine how one deals with ones consciouness. Here I refer to some of the writings of Sam Harris, in particular his book "Waking Up". In summary I feel that anyone who wishes to get started with the practice of mindfullness and meditation will be well served by this course with its emphasis on many practical matters such as posture, attitude and locations.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practicing Mindfulness I bought this some months again and found it to be the best single source of information on the subject. I ordered another set because I gave away mine to somebody.
Date published: 2017-06-06
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