The Elements of Meditation

The Elements of Meditation

A Straightforward Meditation Course | taught by Jeff Warren

Meditation: Where to Start?

There are many ways to meditate. It's easy for new learners to get overwhelmed by the variety of teachers and traditions. It's all so vague! How are you supposed to know who to trust, and which techniques work, and - for that matter - what to look for as as sign of progress? 

That pretty much summarizes my first few years of practice. Instead of meditating, I spent all my time agonizing over whether meditation was right for me in the first place.


 

A Different Way In - Identifying the Elements

I would like to help you avoid the above scenario.

The way I finally worked it out was by teasing apart the basic elements of meditation. What are the actual core skills that underlie the different techniques or styles of meditation, and how do they work together to lead to a successful practice?

Once I got clear on this, I could become my own teacher. On the cushion, but also in the world, where the skills matter even more.

I still learn continuously from other teachers and practitioners. No matter how experienced you get, it's important to get feedback, to refresh your perspective. But in general, a lot of the confusion goes away when you have a solid framework for making sense of what you're doing.



A Framework That Lasts


And that's the intention for this course. To give you a framework. To boil down the art and inner science of meditation to its basic elements and working parts, in a way that I hope is clear, fun and accessible.

The course will help you create a customized practice to suit your particular needs and temperament. It will put you on the road to becoming your own teacher.



Four Styles

We get a clear understanding of the elements of meditation by exploring four contrasting styles or techniques:

  • concentration meditation, and how it leads to simplicity and peace
  • mindfulness meditation, and how it leads to insight and perspective
  • loving-kindness meditation, and how it leads to friendliness and compassion
  • "just sitting" meditation, and how it leads to acceptance and deep connection


Course is 2 hours long, a mix of teaching, discussion and guided practice, and audio download of guided meditations is also available.

Jeff Warren
Jeff Warren

Jeff Warren is a writer and meditation teacher. He is the co-author of The New York Times bestselling Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics (with Dan Harris and Carlye Adler), author of The Head Trip - a travel guide to sleeping, dreaming and waking - and Founder and Chief Exploring Officer of The Consciousness Explorers Club, a nonprofit meditation adventure group in Toronto.

More on Jeff here.

Reviews (6)

An excellent overview...

by Bill Barol
...of basic techniques from my favorite meditation teacher. Jeff offers four approaches to sitting practice, and equally important, a gentle push on the way to making meditative awareness a part of everyday walking-around-in-the-world life. Oh, also: I love his bemused (and highly equanimous) stance with regard to a woefully underpowered meditation bell. It's a neat little object lesson all on its own. I highly recommend this course to new meditators or experienced ones looking for a fresh angle on their practice.

AWESOME

by Hilary O'Dougherty
I loved this course. I've been wanting Jeff Warren to come out with something like this as I have loved his realness and his teaching style. I first learned of him through the 10% happier podcast and then have tried to listen or read all of his stuff. I live across the country in Seattle so it was great to be able to get this training virtually! He does a great job of breaking things down to make it easy to digest and follow along with. Thank you!

by Parool Joshi
This is a gem of a course for anyone who wants to know and experience different types of meditation. Jeff's manner is friendly and accessible and he offers great explanations into each style. As a Yoga teacher and Meditation coach I am always happy to gain fresh perspectives on ancient practices. I loved that it was not a big time commitment yet a lot of value! --Parool Joshi
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An excellent overview...

by Bill Barol
...of basic techniques from my favorite meditation teacher. Jeff offers four approaches to sitting practice, and equally important, a gentle push on the way to making meditative awareness a part of everyday walking-around-in-the-world life. Oh, also: I love his bemused (and highly equanimous) stance with regard to a woefully underpowered meditation bell. It's a neat little object lesson all on its own. I highly recommend this course to new meditators or experienced ones looking for a fresh angle on their practice.

AWESOME

by Hilary O'Dougherty
I loved this course. I've been wanting Jeff Warren to come out with something like this as I have loved his realness and his teaching style. I first learned of him through the 10% happier podcast and then have tried to listen or read all of his stuff. I live across the country in Seattle so it was great to be able to get this training virtually! He does a great job of breaking things down to make it easy to digest and follow along with. Thank you!

by Parool Joshi
This is a gem of a course for anyone who wants to know and experience different types of meditation. Jeff's manner is friendly and accessible and he offers great explanations into each style. As a Yoga teacher and Meditation coach I am always happy to gain fresh perspectives on ancient practices. I loved that it was not a big time commitment yet a lot of value! --Parool Joshi

Fantastic Course, Jeff!

by Ewa Carter
This has been -hands down- the best meditation course I've experienced. Jeff teaches in a down-to-earth and approachable manner, and his sense of humour really brings forth the spark that meditation so often lacks. The course's teachings are structured in such a way that the student can listen to a portion, pause, and resume at a later date - and Jeff's introductions to each section are informative and easy to follow. Thank you Jeff for this opportunity for growth and presence.

by Natalie Matias
I really enjoyed this course it has the perfect balance between educational and experiential experience. Jeff has a realness to bringing an elevated clarity to the elements that can be appreciated by a beginner or more experienced meditator. I also loved that with all the meditation exercises Jeff exemplified this deep joy of exploration of the present as if it was the first time he was sitting in meditation keeping the experience true to the moment.

Five Stars

by Matt Grist
This program really helped me understand the difference between styles of practice and how they work. Jeff’s teaching style is insightful, articulate, relatable, and irreverent. Meditation should be fun, right? This course balances learning with enjoyment. Definitely worth it.