New course formats on Wildmind, coming Monday

Believe it or not, I’ve been running online courses through Wildmind since 2001! I believe in fact that I may have been the first person to offer meditation courses online.

A lot’s changed since I started this. Although we’ve offered courses in various formats, for the entire time I’ve been teaching online I’ve provided a mixture of background reading material and guided meditations in audio format, supported by discussion.

That’s worked pretty well, but more and more people are accessing our courses on mobile devices, on which reading is less enjoyable. I think many of us are finding it harder to stay focused while reading on electronic devices.

So we’re trying an experiment with courses that are entirely audio-based.

10-Day Introduction to Meditation

This ten-day program offers sessions that are only 10 minutes in length, meaning that they’re easy to fit into your schedule.

It’ll introduce you to ways to calm your mind and create more mindfulness — an observational attitude that allows us to monitor our experience and to let go of mental and behavioral habits that lead to stress and anxiety, while also encouraging habits that contribute to a sense of happiness and wellbeing.

Try out the first meditation on the YouTube video below.

» If you’d like to find out more, click here.

Living With Awareness

This 28-day course is adapted from one of our test-and-audio courses. What we’ve done is created audio introductions to the meditations from this course, creating an immersive audio experience. The introductory talks that take the place of the readings now provide a lead-in to the experiential guided meditations.

Mindfulness is not something we do only in meditation, but also in the supermarket, in the car, while eating, and in everything else we do. This course will not only help you to learn to meditate, but will offer practical instruction on how to bring greater mindfulness into all your daily activities.

For a flavor of the course, check out the first session:

» And if you’d like to learn more about this course, click on this link.

I hope you’ll want to join us as we explore these new teaching formats!

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