A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Lesson 01 - The Health Effects of Meditation
Meditation is a mind-body practice with many methods and variations that are all grounded in the silence and stillness of present-moment awareness. Evidence of meditation's health effects has been well documented: the practice offers improvement in the symptoms of various disease conditions in addition to the experience of a deeper spiritual connection. The goal of this course is to describe the health effects of meditation, including its psychological and physiological effects.
Lesson 02 - Meditation Types and Practices
There are many types of meditation. Some types appeal to people of an intellectual nature, while other types appeal to those who prefer the path of love and surrender. Individuals with an active approach to life may prefer meditation techniques involving movement, while other individuals enjoy using a mantra, visualization, or concentration. Although there are many other types of meditation, this course covers Transcendental Meditation™, guided imagery and visualization meditation, mindfulness meditation, Osho Kundalini Meditation™, Vipassana meditation, walking meditation, laughter meditation, centering prayer meditation, and concentration meditation. The goal of this course is to explore the different types of meditation, techniques, and practices and examine the role of meditation in health and wellness.
Lesson 03 - Meditation and Religious Traditions
Although there are many ways to meditate and many different forms of meditation, they all share a unifying characteristic: each one focuses on
intentionally training a person's attention and concentration. Meditation practices are used by diverse cultures to promote healing, are rooted in the traditions of the great religions, and have been practiced for thousands of years. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the meditation practices in the religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Sufism.
Lesson 04 - Mindfulness Meditation
Widely accepted, used, and studied within mainstream medicine, mindfulness meditation involves paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment. The health benefits of mindfulness meditation include improvements in dealing with stress, pain, and illness. Anyone can engage in this form of meditation, which places no emphasis on religious or faith practices. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of mindfulness meditation, describe the health benefits of mindfulness meditation, discuss mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and examine the techniques and practices for mindfulness meditation.