Using the embedded, super nifty notetaker tool (the black box in the right lower corner labelled Take Notes) you can take notes without needing to open a notebook or a separate document. As you progress, lesson to lesson, your notes will cumulate into one handy-dandy document. Everything you need is right here, and enjoy utilizing these helpful tools!
Morning Pages: Journaling Exercise
Writing is a wonderful practice to help us integrate our thoughts and feelings into useful medicine and stimulate our creative energy. Author Julia Cameron talks about a practice she calls "Morning Pages", which is essentially 3 pages about whatever is on your mind.
Throughout this course we will give you different prompts to inspire your journaling. On the Day 1 we'll be exploring a practice for the energy of the "East", the Wood Element, the Liver and Gallbladder Organs and energy of inspiration. For the first day, please use the follow writing prompt:
"What is my inspiration for taking the Art of Rest Course and learning these skills for myself? For others?"
Write 3 pages freely, and unedited.
Props and Equipment
Some of you have special yoga practice props at home which will be helpful but the course is designed for you to be able to use regular household things like pillows and blankets from your home. It will be helpful but not mandatory to have:
Supporting Materials for Class One
“”Why is it that some people are more vulnerable to life’s slings and arrows and others more resilient?” In this eye-opening talk, Richard Davidson discusses how mindfulness can improve well-being and outlines strategies to boost four components of a healthy mind: awareness, connection, insight, and purpose. “
Video - Hardwiring Happiness
“Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist and the author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, best selling author of Buddha’s Brain, founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and an Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.”
Audio - Breathing Meditation For Beginners By Jack Kornfield
“This is a ten minute breathing meditation guided by Jack Kornfield.”
Video - Meditation and Mindfulness for Deaf People
“A visual meditation and mindfulness practice for the deaf community, with a little gratitude thrown in for extra awesomeness!”
- Meditation and Mindfulness are powerful and doable.
- Mindfulness is scientifically proven to help us relax and heal.
- Everyone faces obstacles to meditation that can be worked with.
- You can practice mindfulness meditation–it’s not hard!
- Establish a home base or anchor to focus on.
- Start with 5 minutes daily.