Cultivating presence

Foundational principles of meditation - 4 week course

Meditation brings together mindful attention with a willingness to open up to our inner world, so that we can live our lives with more calm, clarity and care.

This course looks at the foundational principles of meditation, different approaches and where they originate, why we should bother in the first place, and general myths and facts around meditation.

Week 1

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Meditation is like cooking — and in cooking scum comes up to the surface.

Swami Venkatesananda

Week 2

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Meditation is the cultivation of calm and insight (samatha-vipassana), and the development of mindfulness (sati) and concentration (samadhi) to bring them about.

Ajahn Sucitto

Week 3

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Talk

Why bother?, 13mins
Meditation techniques, 12mins

Meditation

Walking meditation instructions, 1.5mins
Walking meditation, 9mins
Bodyscan, 11mins

You can only be in one place at any moment in time. If you feel you are missing out on something then you are. But it's not the party, or being with another person that you're missing, it's your own life.
As long as you are thinking of where you could be, you are making yourself absent from where you are now. Which means you are nowhere.

Miss everythingsource unknown

Week 4

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In the beginning nothing comes, in the middle nothing stays, in the end nothing goes.

Milarepa