The Meditation Course Podcast

Welcome to my podcast. I am Robert Mitchell. I teach meditation, mindfulness and resilience in London, England. I am the Founder of Bromley Mindfulness and the Author of The Meditation Course. To join us, sign up for four weekly live guided meditation classes for the same price as a weekly Starbucks latte.

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The episodes of The Loving Awareness Meditation Course Public Podcast are below.

You can join a live stream or listen to a live streamed public class from the past by clicking on Livestreams in the menu above.

You can visit my premium podcast by clicking on Premium in the menu above. 

The Premium podcast has more episodes which are recordings of my classes, though they are generally published without any audio editing. There is a one-off fee or $20 to join.

Episodes

Saturday Nov 19, 2022

Yoga Nidra is the ancient Yogic practice of exploring meditation and sleep.
Yoga Nidra is often taught as a body scan that helps you drift off. More appropriately, Yoga Nidra is an exploration of sleep states. 
Some practices bring awareness into that sleepy place between waking and sleeping that is so comfortable for most of us (the hypnagogic state).
This is one of two podcast episodes I have published from a recording of the meditation course on Saturday, 19 November class.
This recording is the sleep mediation, which adds time to meditate at the end and misses out the summary, so you can use this to help you sleep or rest.
I've taken the transcription of the talk and added it to The Meditation Course website as podcast notes. If you want to read about Yoga Nidra, click the link below.
Also, subscribe to be updated with new podcasts and get a free weekly insight newsletter.
www.meditationcourse.live/yoga-nidra/

Saturday Nov 19, 2022

Yoga Nidra is the ancient Yogic practice of exploring meditation and sleep.
Yoga Nidra is often taught as a body scan that helps you drift off. More appropriately, Yoga Nidra is an exploration of sleep states. 
This episode includes practices that bring awareness into that sleepy place between waking and sleeping that is so comfortable for most of us (the hypnagogic state).
This is one of two podcast episodes I have published from a recording of the Saturday, 19 November class on the meditation course.
This recording is the full meditation, including the summary, and the other is a meditation you can listen to that may assist you in sleeping or resting.
I've taken the transcription of the talk and added it to The Meditation Course website as podcast notes. If you want to learn more about Yoga Nidra, you can read the notes by clicking the link below.
Also, subscribe to be updated with new podcasts and get a free weekly insight newsletter.
www.meditationcourse.live/yoga-nidra/

Monday Nov 14, 2022

In this 40-minute meditation class, I guide meditations that can help us to build and recover our mental energy.
In the previous podcast episode, I published a 12 minute talk on the topic.
These episodes are recordings from The Meditation Course, which is live, guided meditation classes that I run four times on most weeks throughout the year and that you can subscribe to for the price of a weekly Starbucks latte.
Visit https://meditationcourse.live to learn more.

Monday Nov 14, 2022

In this talk 12-minute talk, I discuss cognitive or mental energy.
In the following podcast episode, I will publish a set of valuable meditations for recovering energy.
This talk and podcast are recordings from The Meditation Course, which is live, guided meditation classes run four times on most weeks throughout the year that you can subscribe to for the price of a weekly Starbucks latte.
Visit https://meditationcourse.live to learn more.

Managing Emotional Energy

Sunday Nov 06, 2022

Sunday Nov 06, 2022

This recording is from the Saturday online guided meditation class on Nov 5. It was a taster session for the November Sleep, Rest & Energy Online Course.
There is plenty of training for managing sleep and insomnia, but none includes techniques and tools to recover our energy and rest during the day.
In this class, I explain how our energy can be drained from us and how we need to build boundaries that stop our energy from being depleted.
I then teach a variety of energy-renewing meditations.
Learn more at https://meditationcourse.live
 
 
 

Mindfulness and Happiness

Friday Oct 14, 2022

Friday Oct 14, 2022

There is much evidence that meditation creates happiness.
In this class, I explain how this comes about and teach a set of focused mindfulness meditations that help us find calmness and relaxation.
From a class taught on Thursday, 13 October 2022, on The Meditation Course.
The Meditation Course provides four subscription-only online meditation classes on most weeks throughout the year.
Visit https://meditationcourse.live to learn more.

Thursday Oct 06, 2022

Here is a quote from the talk preceding the guided meditations:
"Unfortunately, it is a bit of a binary thing.
Either you develop the skills to recover your attention from the largely unwanted and unhelpful, repetitive, persistent thought patterns. Or you become a slave to a narrative that you've adopted in your mind."
We train ourselves to break out of this repetitive narrative by learning to return to the breath.
Returning to the Breath happens after many years of practising the mindfulness meditation called Following the Breath.
When we meditate, we are training our awareness to break into the mind loops and return us to the present moment.
This isn't a battle against mind wandering. It is empowerment. With this practice, we get to choose how to focus our minds. We no longer slavishly follow an internal narrative, which is often a reflection of the external cultural narrative.
Training ourselves to break into the narrative and return to presence frees our minds. 
This podcast is a recording of a live-streamed guided meditation class taught in The Meditation Course - four weekly live guided meditation classes for the price of a weekly Starbucks latte. Join us at:
https://meditationcourse.live.
 

Monday Sep 26, 2022

In this episode (recorded at a guided meditation class on Sunday, 25 September, in The Meditation Course), I explain how to refocus your awareness away from a repetitive and unhelpful narrative.
 
The 15-minute talk explains
One of my personal practices that I use to exit from unhelpful mind loops.
Where thoughts actually originate.
The origin of our inner narrative and how it has become unhelpful
How the common fallacy that worry and stress are useful is not true.
The meditation teaches
How to use the Breath to intervene in the persistent, repetitive and unhelpful mind loops.
To learn more practices like this, join us up to four times each week live for the same price as a weekly Starbucks latte.
https://meditationcourse.live
 

Friday Sep 23, 2022

This is a recording of the second class I taught in September on imposter syndrome - September 22, 2022.
Imposter Syndrome is not feeling good enough for something you are qualified for through experience or knowledge.Imposter syndrome is almost universal.
In this class, I explain what Imposter Syndrome is, how it comes about, and I teach the practices we can use to neutralise it.

Tuesday Aug 23, 2022

"Acceptance is allowing yourself to feel however you feel in the present moment." - Eckhart Tolle.
The neutral spot meditation is an ancient practice designed to help meditators to sit with uncomfortable emotions and, over time, become comfortable with them.
As I explain in the podcast, you mustn't use this as a way of sitting with emotional overwhelm. If you're feeling overwhelmed, choose another time to practice this or try another practice.
This practice isn't about "facing your fears" Tony Robbins style; it is best used when you have low-level background anxiety.
I have had positive feedback on the practice from students with chronic pain. There are no guarantees, but the overall response is that it reduces the experience of the pain by about 2 out of 10.
There is little doubt that meditation is a form of habituation for uncomfortable emotions, and this practice encapsulates that. (Habituation is getting used to something.)
Essentially, we are becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable.
All meditation practices that work with emotions must be treated with care.
Your expectation should be that you feel better or more neutral at the end of the meditation than when you began.
If you are getting no benefit, then don't do it.
Check out the Four Rules of Meditation for guidance here:
https://www.meditationcourse.live/the-four-rules-of-meditation-2/
If you find these podcasts useful and you would like to join us for up to four online in-person guided meditations each week, subscribe to The Meditation Course for the same price as a weekly Starbucks latte:
https://www.meditationcourse.live/#/portal/signup
 

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