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.
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.
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.
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.
I paid several hundred dollars to take an eight week course in mindfulness at a local facility. This course offered by far better and more in depth explanations and examples. The only thing missing is being able to ask the instructor questions. Mark Muesse delivers insightful and entertaining lectures. I highly recommend this course.
Where was this listening experience when I wake in my teens, 20s, 30s and 40s?
I'm n my 50s now and am so glad this book is in my library.
I learn something new and substantial every time I listen.
Thank you so much for giving me insight on living my best life.
I appreciate you.
"Great Information with a little Cheese!"
Good for Beginners
The information is well written and very informative, taking the listener into the world of meditation without any heavy religious overtones but enough reference to spirituality to make the exercise relevant. The guided exercises are very good and prove useful in demonstrating the concepts described.
Heartfelt but scripted
Take a voyage into inner space
The book is good but the format can be an annoying distraction. The speaker "pretends" to be performing a lecture to a live audience BUT it is very soon apparent that there is no audience reaction to the humour or any other background noise and the applause at the start and finish of each "lecture" or section is canned and exactly the same on every occasion. It would be much easier to the ear if the "lectures" were referred to as Chapters or Sections (as with any other book, audible or otherwise) and the distracting applause was binned as a result. Sincerity and honesty are a large part of being mindful so why pretend? The desire to be novel in approach has spoiled what is otherwise a great source of information. Having said that, don't be put off. Take it for what it is, a great start into mindful meditation.
As I listened to the lecture series, restarted it a couple of times, and reviewed the lectures several times each, I have been able to apply several of his techniques to my own life and incorporate them ... they have been very beneficial.
I enjoyed his talks on The Buddha and on Buddhism, and he leaves me with an appetite for more understanding.
I like the way, after the introduction and basics he leads us through several directed meditations, building my confidence in my ability to continue this practice.
This is the first of his lecture series that I have listened to.At first, I found Professor Muesse's voice and manner of delivery difficult to enjoy ... but after a short while the delivery became part of his character and did enjoy his lectures, and listening to him.
"I loved this course"
Potentially life changing
No characters as such this is course on mindfulness but I did enjoy when the professor talked about the Buddha.
This professors delivery was excellent he was able to bring the topics to life and make it interesting and enjoyable as well as educational.
I enjoyed it all and am looking forward to listing to it again soon
I have been trying to get into meditation and mindfulness meditation in particular but I don't think I had actually grasped what mindfulness really was and why it helps us and how to bring it into my life . These lectures addressed all that. Initially I wasn't sure I would like this but I am so glad I got it.
"Practical, informative and charming"
As someone wanting to start mindfulness meditation I found this to be a clear and informative guide. Prof Muesse is from the southern states of the USA; which seems to present a previous reviewer with some problems but for me wasn't an issue. His narration is clear and paced in a way that's well suited to meditation exercises. He provides interesting context on buddhism but also translates concepts such as karma in a way that's useful for those of us who aren't buddhists and don't believe in reincarnation. There are plenty of exercises to offer the beginner a range of options for meditating and since buying this lecture meditation has become part of my daily routine.
The "Great Lectures" series all involve a bit of kidology; we're supposed to think it's a live lecture but the applause sounds dubbed-in between chapters and one assumes they're recorded in a studio somewhere. That's irrelevant though. Where they come up trumps is in hiring great university lecturers with solid academic credentials in the field and letting them do their thing. I wasn't sure whether that would work in this instance because I was after a practical guide but this really hit the spot for me in delivering both practical exercises as well as interesting background material.
Most definitely not what I was hoping for. For people not into lectures I would say avoid, but I would also say definitely listen to the sample.
"Get another book on meditation"
80% of this audiobook is needless filling - I is 12 HOURS long and this is because he talks extremely slow and overexplains everything. Like there are always not just one but three examples too many. I.e. he spends about 20 minutes talking about what kind of pillow is best for meditation and ends up saying that they all work and its an individual choice.
Because the audiobook is so long it is really hard to navigate as well. There is only a few guided meditations and the rest is stories (relevant or not) and discussions of how to live a mindful live.
There must be a better audiobook on this subject with less fill and more technique and relevance.
A better meditation book
He talks too slow and he comes with too many examples - way too many!
all but the guided meditation - or close to.
"This has changed my life."
I found myself in a situation where I knew I had to change the way I reacted to the stresses and frustrations of a busy modern life. This course has helped me immensely. Coupled with the recommended reading it has given me a grasp of mindfulness practice that has already changed me. I was always sceptical of this type of thing but I cannot deny the power of such a simple practice.
Professor Muesse is inspirational and entertaining. He lectures with a sense of humour and humility which makes you want to try your best.
I revisit the lectures from time to time, they are more or less stand alone, and each one is relevant and valuable.
"Irritating accent and delivery"
An American ?
If the Narrator was British or a better reader
If narrated by a better reader
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