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January 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
We will view and discuss at least two of the following 30 minute sessions on meditation in the Gathering Place from a course taught by Dr. Mark Meusse. The session may go 90 minutes, depending on the level of interest. More sessions will be scheduled if interest is high enough. Visitors are welcome!
Lecture #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.
Lecture #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.
Lecture #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.
Lecture #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.