It's what happens in between the meditations that matters. Find and stay in your center, transcend survival mode and respond to stressors with awareness instead of adrenaline. Learn how to maintain balance and move beyond stress when you learn simple meditation techniques that you can easily fit into your busy schedule. Learning meditation and maintaining a regular practice results in better relationships, improved quality of life and a general sense of well being.
"If you want to learn how to meditate or you want to start doing it again this is the course for you! The course is beautifully constructed and Amy is a wonderful guide. I love her meditations, because she has such a calm and soothing voice that allows you to go deeper in your meditation. She is also quick at responding to your questions or anything that might come up during your meditation. Amy knows a lot and she does a great job explaining everything to you in her video's. It helps you to really understand what you are doing and how it can benefit you. This is a beautiful gift to yourself!"
- Klasina L., The Netherlands
In the Effortless Meditation Introductory Course using video, audio, images, and PDF files we'll discuss movement and still meditation. We'll review and learn about meditation's life-enhancing benefits, as well as, how to handle distractions. Using three different guided meditations, we'll focus on three different sitting meditations throughout the 16 day course. In addition, you'll have access to a private group where you can ask questions, and interact with other members of the group. You'll have lifetime access to the course and group.
"I found this meditation course to be simple to follow and very rewarding self-care. It has helped me to relax and learn different types of meditation so I was able to find what I enjoyed most and make a commitment to it. I highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to learn or expand their meditation skills."
- Helen S., New Jersey, USA
The introductory module is not to be skipped over. In this module you'll meet your instructor and we'll discuss belief systems, the unknowable, introduce various types of meditation and have our first assignment.
We'll learn about our energy body, mantra and begin our five day practice of the Meditation on Twin Hearts for Peace and Illumination. This is the first of two Metta meditations that we'll learn about and practice in this course.
In this module, we'll learn about mantra meditation and dig deeper into the mantra OM (Aum). We'll practice this meditation for five days. Fifteen minute and thirty minute meditations are included.
In the final five days of the course we'll focus on a different version of Loving Kindness Meditation (Metta.) We'll review the benefits that a regular meditation practice provide. Then we'll wrap it up.
"I’ve always been too busy to meditate; at least that’s what I’ve always told myself. When I started this course, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find the time to focus each day. My schedule is erratic as a 24/7 parent and routine is hard to come by. This course was so adaptable though. I could read or listen to the learning materials any time of day on any device. I found that no matter how busy or distracted I am, somehow I could manage to find a few quiet minutes to focus and meditate. The practice was soothing and helped guide me to seek moments of calm when things are feeling chaotic. I will continue to practice what I learned in this course and would absolutely recommend it to anyone who is trying to fit meditation and mindfulness into a busy life."
- Christine M., California, USA
A regular meditation practice allows us to renew, refresh and restore our minds on a regular basis. It wipes away the clouds of everyday stress and reminds us that our own light can shine through regardless of the conditions around us.
Stress is a normal part of the human experience and is an ordinary part of our daily lives. It forces us to make a change and enables us to evolve and adapt to current circumstances and situations. However, when we are faced with a myriad of problems, changes and challenges at once, or if we perceive some situations to be negative or threatening, we can feel overwhelmed and stress hormones can flood our bodies.
top of that, whether we like it or not, culture, society, news reports,
our social media feeds and other factors outside of us all influence
us. Participation in various institutions throughout our lives has all
contributed to our conditioning. Even when we consciously attempt to
break free from it, we are susceptible to these influences.
addition, we haven't necessarily evolved our instincts to adapt to
the modern world. We're still keen on self-preservation and even though
the proverbial tiger isn't stalking us right now, we still can act as if
it were from time to time. We can feel disconnected from our own true nature when we become overly stressed.
Repetitive stressful situations can have a lasting and detrimental effect on our health and wellness. Stress can cloud our judgement, and we can make rash impulsive decisions instead of acting with awareness. Worse yet when we react to circumstances instead of responding thoughtfully to them, we can create even more stress. It then becomes a vicious cycle.
We're energy; we interact with our
environment; we are not an entity entirely unto ourselves, even though
we can feel and act as if we are. Meditation helps us find our center,
connect with our true nature thereby helping us to put things in perspective.
Amy Adams is a lifelong meditator (you can read about her own introduction to meditation here), a creative entrepreneur, writer, producer, and visual artist. She is the author of Gratitude Shmatitude: Don't just think it do it!,, the editor of Conscious Life Space a lifestyle magazine and host of the CLS Conversations podcast and sometime vlogger. A yogini and certified Reiki Master, Amy shares her life experiences and lessons to guide us to a sometimes weedy but always grateful path.
Media experience includes a stint at Simon & Shuster and 11 years working in the documentary units - Close-Up & ABC News Productions - as well as 20/20 & Special Events at ABC News. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in Visual & Performing Arts and received her MFA in painting from the art academy in Cluj, part of the University of Art & Design, Cluj-Napoca.