Qigong Meditation 101
Foundations of Mindfulness
This is a weekly interactive meditation course that is designed to let you gently and peacefully connect to a personal meditation practice. This program allows you to develop the "fundamental ground" for a personal practice that is progressive in its success.
This program is based on a total of 8 practice activities that span a practice session of 1 or more weeks for each assignment. Each week you will have a meditation objective and then an interactive question and answer that helps you to discover and internalize the core objective of each weeks assignment. Once you have fully grasped the objective, which can span multiple weeks, a new assignment will then be opened for you culminating in a total of 8 practice experiences.
This fundamentals of meditation course includes:
- Proper posture for standing and sitting
- Progressive practice structure to ensure success and continuity of practice
- Multiple progressive "focus" meditations to fully develop peaceful sitting and calm abiding
- Interactive Q&A for each assignment to guide you to the core assignment objective
- And more...
Once registered you will receive an email of instructions to begin the course.
This course is a requirement for Qigong Meditation Training Level 102
Why Qigong Meditation?
Meditation involves the cultivation of mindfulness and the development of positive emotion in order that we may live more fulfilled lives.
Ultimately meditation leads to a profound change in our relationship with the world.
Meditating has been shown to have many medical and psychological benefits, including promoting a sense of well-being, boosting the immune system, promoting the development of cortical matter in the brain, and slowing aging.
The term meditation encompasses many techniques that facilitate the the cultivation of, among other things, calmness, relaxation, one-pointed concentration, loving-kindness, compassion, a sense of well-being, and insight into the nature of reality.
Because there are many different faculties or qualities that can be developed, there are many different types of meditation practice, each with a specific purpose.
Qigong meditative practice is broadly divided into Calm Abiding and Insight. Calm Abiding, also known as Shamatha (Jp: Shi) practice calms the mind and helps develops one-pointed concentration and positive emotions.
Insight, also known as Vipashyana (Jp: Kan) practice builds on the calmness, focus, and positive emotion generated in Calm Abiding, and helps to develop an awareness of the impermanence, inter-connectedness, and the contingent nature of our experience.
In this course, we follow the traditional approach of cultivating Calm Abiding before approaching Insight.
How will it work?
In this course you will be given 6 practice activities to accomplish and gradually some of these activities will develop into your all important Daily Routine. The daily routines are the fundamental practices that when combined become your individual daily practice long after you finish this course.
In practice activity will include practice information (description), practice activity (routine), and questions to answer (wisdom).
Toward the end of each practice week (preferably on Friday), you will review the questions and then over the weekend submit the answers to each question. The course facilitator will review your answers and answer any questions you may have. The facilitators main objective is to verify that you have deeply understood the lesson activity. Once that has been verified you will then move onto the next activity within the course. Each activity will have a minimum of one weeks practice, but could run several weeks in order to make sure you have understood that activities main practice objective.
The Rising Lotus Qigong is thrilled that you have taken the opportunity to participate in this course and that you are willing to connect to your inner strength and spirituality.
Click the "Fundamentals of Mindfulness Lesson below to get started!