Looking Within: An Online Meditation Course
- August 14, 2017 - September 24, 2017
9:00 am - 11:55 pm
Meditation practice helps us on many levels – from simple relaxation to freedom within turbulent mental states to deep awakening.
A lot of people say that they’re interested in meditation, but don’t know how to work with different mental states that arise when they sit still. Haven’t you had the same thought? You try sitting and it works for a few days or even weeks and then it falls away.
Looking Within: An Online Meditation Course focuses on the “how to” technique level of meditation practice. It’s about how to sit, beginning with the physical postures through to undoing deeper emotional habits.
The weekly videos were done in a thoughtful and informative manner. Michael’s approach was supportive and direct… and the sequence of lessons was perfect.
What is Looking Within?
Taught by Michael Stone, Looking Within: An Online Meditation Course is a six-week online course, in which you will learn postures for sitting meditation, how to defuse stress and experience greater calm, and tricks to stabilize emotions and reactivity.
We set the rhythm for the course, releasing a new lesson each week, but you ultimately get to set the pace. You can do the lessons whenever you choose, in any time zone, anywhere in the world where there is an Internet connection.
In addition to the six lessons offered, you’ll also get access to a private discussion forum and live Q&A meetings with a course facilitator. Plus, you’ll get lifetime access to the course content.
I now have a daily practice that I feel confident in. It has helped me to be gentle with myself and the thoughts that arise while sitting.
Looking Within: An Online Meditation Course will transform your worldview from one of isolation and confusion to one of connection, clarity, and compassion. It will also provide you with tools to see things just as they are, broadening your perspective and deepening your courage.
- to develop a daily practice
- options for meditation postures, from cushions to chairs
- how to defuse stress and experience greater calm
- how to connect to your feelings and learn tricks to stabilize emotions and reactivity
- methods to explore the mind-body relationship
- how to shift from mindfulness practice to deeper concentration
You’ll finish the course:
- with an expanded sense of who you are, beyond your fears and self-judgment
- with inner resources that can transform old habits
- with the ability to find genuine happiness
- and awaken your capacity for insight and wisdom.
[This course] has helped me to resume and maintain a daily meditation practice through the practical instruction as well as the knowledge that I am part of a beautiful community of meditators.
How does the course work?
You’ll receive weekly video teachings with Michael via our easy-to-use custom-built online learning platform. You’ll also be connected to our ever-growing international community without walls through our private discussion forum and will get to participate in live weekly Q&A meetings with a course facilitator.
Accessing the Course
The weekend before the course begins, you’ll receive an orientation email that will give you access to our online learning platform. You’ll be able to log in, learn the platform quickly, and set up your dashboard before the course begins.
Each Monday you’ll receive access to a new video lesson to watch whenever you choose. Videos are available for streaming or download. You can also listen to an audio-only MP3 version.
Should you run into any problems, friendly and helpful technical support is available.
There is a private discussion forum moderated by Michael and support staff. We recommend checking this forum regularly (or choose to receive email updates by clicking “subscribe”). It’s a great place to ask practice-related questions, share insights, and feel connected to the course and other participants.
The forum thrives on a spirit of generosity and shared intellect. Participation is a key part of the online learning experience—your presence can enhance everyone’s experience.
You’ll have the option to join a course facilitator each week for live Q&A meetings, which provide an opportunity to discuss what’s arising for you as you go through the course.
We’ll provide you with a video tutorial, plus detailed instructions so that you can be set up for the discussions using GoToMeeting.
Meetings will be recorded for those unable to participate and a link posted by end-of-day Friday.
We ask that you commit to a daily meditation practice of 30 – 45 minutes during the course. Expect to commit to a minimum of 4 hours a week, including watching the video, connecting with the community in the forum, and daily meditation practice.
What’s on the syllabus?
Here’s an overview of what we’ll be covering each week:
Week 1 – Postures of Meditation: How to Stabilize Mind & Body
Week 2 – Practicing Intimacy: Using the Body to Calm the Mind
Week 3 – Clinging & Aversion: Transforming Habits as Daily Practice
Week 4 – From Mindfulness to Concentration: How to Develop Focus & Clarity
Week 5 – Pleasure & Stability: Accessing the Pleasure of Concentration
Week 6 – Releasing Looping Thoughts: How to Transform Reactivity
…all the tips that Michael shared in the weekly videos have strengthened my practice and given me the encouragement that I needed to keep going and stay committed.
Once again you’ll get:
- access to our online learning platform, including a private discussion forum
- six weeks of lessons via high-quality teaching videos
- live Q&A calls with a course facilitator
- lifetime access to the course content.
The entire course costs $300 plus tax.
Please note: nobody is turned away for lack of funds. Complete this form to inquire about our sliding scale.