Meditation - the technique of mental focusing for enhanced awareness and self-mastery - offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being.
This practice is closely related to "mindfulness," which Professor Muesse defines as "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. These 24 detailed lectures teach 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. You will also learn 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.
You'll come away with a solid basis for your own meditation practice and for bringing meditation's remarkable and empowering benefits to every aspect of your life.
Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.
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My headline says it all, unless you want to hear a religious angle to Mindfulness, complete with Budha quotes.
A bit too preachy sounding, although I am not questioning the lectures sincerity.
It did get me back to meditating again.
YES!! I found it very helpful.
The lecture on death. Also guided meditation
Himself, I found he was very pleasant to listen to.
It made me feel more peaceful
I plan on coming back to these lectures over & over. Thank you
The professor knows his subject and tells his stories in a beautiful, soothing voice. I listen every night. Some of what I hear is in real-time and some is subliminal because he puts me into a satisfying, deep sleep every time. Glad I don't have to go to class because I would have my head on the desk. But during sleep is how I learn best.
I already said it above. He is an amazing speaker.
Laugh,, cry, sleep - you name it!
Are than any more from him? I would be all over any course he teaches.
I rate as follows: 5-Best of the best, 4-LOVED it, 3-LIKED it, 2-Meh, 1-Didn't like it. Fav genres: sci-fi/fantasy, fiction, science
This course was excellent. I've listened to it twice, and have started my own mindfulness practice. The course is well-planned and a thorough introduction to meditation. Professor Muesse is a wonderful speaker, and infuses the course with personal anecdotes to illustrate concepts. I highly recommend this course, along with another Great Course, The Science of Mindfulness with Professor Ronald Siegel. Both are inspiring to listen to, and both are excellent introductions to meditation.
This is NOT a guide to meditation. It is a guide to "MINDFULLNESS." Mindfullness, in this context, is a mystical spirituality. It draws most heavily on buddhism. It is about meditation only in so far as it helps the listener to understand what mindfulness is. If you are looking for a secular non-mystical guide to meditation keep looking. This will only leave you more confused.
Read, Write, Repeat As Necessary.
Well, it's the first audiobook I've listened to, so I'd say it's #1 right now.
Having explored meditation in different religious traditions - both willingly as an adult and unwillingly as a child - I've disdained how the meditation aspect is sometimes 'sold' with dingleberries of the specific religion. I suspect his background in teaching Comparative Religion allowed him to allow the mindfullness and meditation to seep through.
That has great value to me since he's done much of the footwork that I tired of.
Very informative and it helped me get started with meditation.
Gies very in depth and i sort of skipped some parts like mindful eating or the different examples of meditation like death or compassion one.
I will listen to it again and revisit those sections once im more experienced and comfortable with meditation
this is one of the best.
He adds new perspectives i have not previously heard.
very well thought out book, and very understandable . it is also probably easier for some to hear, due to his traditional training
Great courses yes. Prof. Muesse? Nope.
If you listen for it, here's a good deal of hidden hostility under his voice. The guy is more than a little "catty" when speaking about women and condescending when speaking about anything but his own approach. Plus a lot of his anecdotes are apocryphal stories we've all heard before--and it's kind of insulting to be expected to pretend to ourselves we're not being lied to.
Boredom. Irritation. That feeling when you walk across someone's neglected front yard.
I really wanted to like the guy--and this course--but I've seen too many of his clones in new-age book shops. Guys you with a calm, quasi divine affectation with nothing rational to say. Coming in under the Great Courses banner, the course gives the impression that the sound principles of an ancient practice have been extracted and condensed into something usable in modern time.
I thought the lectures were very clear and accessible. I listened to the entire series over a few days and now plan to go back and practice the principles of the individual lectures for a week or so each. I highly recommend this lecture series to anyone interested in the topic.
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