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Welcome to the Essentials of Presence & Mindfulness!

This course consists of 14 lessons. Each lesson consists of a video introduction (sometimes two), followed by reading(s) and/or written exercise(s).  There are audio versions of the downloadable documents so you can listen to the reading instead, if that’s your preferred style. 

Each lesson consists of a video introduction (sometimes two), followed by reading(s) and/or written exercise(s).  Lessons are between 20 and 40 minutes in length, depending on how fast you read and how fully you engage in the exercises. Videos are mostly about 5 minutes long; some are shorter, and one is 16 minutes long. There are two guided meditations, one of 10 minutes and one of 20 minutes. Total course length is therefore about 5½ hours, which you could do in one-hour sessions. There are audio versions of the downloadable documents so you can listen to the reading instead, if that’s your preferred style.

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Begin by selecting Lesson 1 below. You need to complete each lesson before you can move to the next lesson. 

Lessons

Lesson 2 | The Origins & Benefits of Mindfulness

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Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson is in two parts. The theme is The Origins & Benefits of Mindfulness.  Part 1 This is an audioslide about the origins and benefits of mindfulness. By watching this you will gain an important insight into one of the most important sources of modern-day mindfulness. It also contains some […]

Lesson 3 | Reflecting on Your Reactions

Length: 20 minutesComplexity: Standard

This is a practical exercise. The theme is Reflecting on Your Own Reactions. Take the time to read and/or listen to the instructions below and complete the exercise. NOTE All PDF downloads have an audio version as well. You may choose to download and read the PDF, or listen to the audio […]

Lesson 4 | Mindfulness Is Not For Sissies

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Standard

This is a real-life example of the application of mindfulness. The theme is Mindfulness Is Not For Sissies. Part 1 Please watch the video below. Item 4.1 | Real-Life Example: Mindfulness Is Not for Sissies When you’ve completed this lesson, click on the “Complete Lesson” button below . You’ll find […]

Lesson 5 | Thoughts & Attention

Length: 40 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson is in four parts. The theme is Thoughts & Attention.  Part 1 This is a practical exercise. The theme is Reflecting On Thoughts & Attention. Please do the guided exercise by listening to this audio. This is one of the most important elements of this entire program. Don’t […]

Lesson 6 | The 3 Key Elements

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson is in two parts. The theme is The 3 Key Elements of Mindfulness.  Part 1 This is a key concept. The theme is The Three Key Elements. Please take the time to watch this video. This is one of the most important elements of this entire program. Don’t […]

Lesson 7 | Can You Stop Your Thinking?

Length: 15 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson is in three parts. The theme is, Can You Stop Your Thinking? Part 1 This is a practical exercise. The theme is Attention on Breathing. Please do the guided exercise by listening to this audio. This is one of the most important elements of this entire program. Don’t […]

Lesson 8 | The Clouds Are Not the Sky

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson is in four parts and includes one of the main meditations and mindfulness practices that are taught as part of this programme. Part 1 This is a practical exercise. The theme is The Clouds Are Not the Sky. Please do the guided exercise by watching this video. This […]

Lesson 9 | Taking A Mindful Walk

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson includes an exercise and a practice to use going forward. The first item is a practical exercise to do now. The theme is Taking a Mindful Walk. The second item is a practice to save for later. The theme is Follow the Music. Please take the time to […]

Lesson 10 | Being Nonjudgemental

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson is in two parts and includes possibly the most important distinction introduced in this program. Part 1 This is a key concept. The theme is Being Nonjudgemental. Please take the time to watch this video. This is one of the most important elements of this entire program. Don’t […]

Lesson 11 | The Label Is Not the Thing

Length: 20 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson is in three parts and includes another very important distinction that will be referred to throughout this programme. Part 1 This is a key concept. The theme is The Label Is Not the Thing. Please take the time to watch this video. This is one of the most […]

Lesson 12 | Being Nonreactive

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Length: 40 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson is in two parts and includes another very important distinction that will be referred to throughout this programme. Part 1 This is a key concept. The theme is Being Nonreactive. Please take the time to watch this video. This is one of the most important elements of this […]

Lesson 13 | The Sensation Meditation

Length: 40 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson is in four parts and includes another important distinction as well as the second meditation that is introduced by this programme. Part 1 This is a key concept. The theme is Imagination Is Not Sensation. Please take the time to watch this video. This is one of the […]

Lesson 14 | Module Summary & Completion

Length: 15 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson is in three parts and includes a summary of the module plus  information about additional resources, and your off-the-field practices to carry you forward or until you complete Module 2. Part 1 This is a summary of Module 1 content, plus information on additional resources as well as […]