Are you feeling stressed out? Well, you’re not alone. Millions of people around the world are feeling overwhelmed by their busy lives. The good news is that overcoming stress is a lot simpler than you might think. Dozens of studies have revealed that you can easily overcome stress through mindfulness, and achieve real happiness and inner peace. The practice is simple, effective, and has no side effects.
In this course, you’ll learn the basics of the mindfulness practice, and how to incorporate it into your busy lifestyle without taking up much of your valuable time. You’ll learn mindfulness in a simple and easy-to-understand approach that author and meditation teacher, Charles A. Francis, is known for.
(Estimated time to complete: 10 hrs.)
Introduction (free trial)
Section 1: Getting Started in the Mindfulness Practice
Lesson 1: Deep Relaxation Meditation
Lesson 2: What Is Mindfulness?
Lesson 3: Benefits of the Mindfulness Practice (free trial)
Handout: Benefits of the Mindfulness Practice
Section 2: How to Calm Your Racing Mind
Lesson 4: Sources of Mental Agitation, Part 1
Article: How to Slow Your Racing Mind
Lesson 5: Sources of Mental Agitation, Part 2
Lesson 6: Sources of Mental Agitation, Part 3
Exercise: Identify the Sources of Your Mental Agitation
Lesson 7: Calming Your Racing Mind
Exercise: Eliminating the Sources of Your Mental Agitation
Section 3: Mindfulness Meditation
Lesson 8: How to Meditate
Handout: Mindfulness Meditation Techniques
Lesson 9: Sitting Meditation
Exercise: Meditate on Your Own
Lesson 10: Establishing a Meditation Routine
Section 4: Living the Mindfulness Practice
Lesson 11: Additional Tools of the Mindfulness Practice
Exercise: Loving-Kindness Writing Meditation
Lesson 12: Developing Your Own Practice Routine
Exercise: Develop Your Own Practice Routine (worksheet)
Lesson 13: Mindful Exercising
Lesson 14: Mindful Living, Part 1
Lesson 15: Mindful Living, Part 2
Lesson 16: How to Stay Motivated and Committed to Your Mindfulness Practice
Exercise: Goal Statement
Handout: The Five Contemplations
Resources: Mindfulness Magazines and Blogs
Lesson 17: A Mindful Cup of Tea
Charles A. Francis is the founder and director of the Mindfulness Meditation Institute, and author of the book, “Mindfulness Meditation Made Simple: Your Guide to Finding True Inner Peace” (Paradigm Press). He is also the creator of the “12 Steps of the Mindfulness Meditation Practice,” and a regular Huffington Post contributor.
Charles has studied mindfulness with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. He has over 20 years of meditation experience, and has a passion for helping people and organizations realize their full potential through the practice. He is a speaker and consultant, and leads workshops and retreats in Raleigh, NC where he resides. If you have any questions, feel free to contact him.
“After taking your course, I am now much more relaxed and at peace. Thanks Charles for the efforts you make to help calm this, and other restless souls.” ~ Skip K.