Meditation is a practice by which a person achieves a greater sense of awareness, wisdom, introspection, and a deeper sense of relaxation. Practiced for millennia, it is the discipline of concentrating on a single object, thought, sound, movement, or on attention itself.
Meditation is increasingly practiced by many regardless of their religious beliefs and background.
Becoming aware of your thoughts, surroundings, sounds, smells, bodily movements, and especially your breath are fundamental techniques of meditation.
Jon Kabat-Zinn emphasizes that “It’s not really about sitting in the full lotus, like pretending you’re a statue in a British museum… It’s about living your life moment by moment” despite what is going on around you.
We practice not to escape the world, but to live more fully in it through mindfulness.
In this course, we will explore various meditation techniques, such as sitting, standing, and walking. This is an act of being precisely in the moment, neither controlling your mind rigidly nor letting it go completely, but being aware of who you are and where you are.
The basic objective is to be present—here and now.
We practice so that being present and grounded become an automatic response when we are off the mat living our lives.