Meditation, Wellbeing and More
with Jim Green
Meditation, Wellbeing and More has been designed to help you explore a range of concepts associated with health, wellbeing, human development and personal growth, alongside the practice of meditation. Meditation has long been recognised as something that can support personal wellbeing.
The course encourages you to reflect on what we might mean by wellbeing, and to take up – or continue – meditation. Engaging with the course will open the possibility of discovering that there is much more for us to know about ourselves and about the world (only now in a quite different way) – and much more for us to let go of.
What you will discover in this course:
- Lesson 1
We take a good look at the three key terms in our course: Wellbeing, Meditation and More. What do we think we know about Wellbeing and Meditation? What kind of assumptions do we habitually make in connection with those two words? What might be the nature of the connection between them? And what is the More that we might be led to discover?
– Lesson 2
What's Wrong? Wellbeing Revisited
An exploration of the experience of crisis; at a personal and a collective level – the experience of a global pandemic, for instance. We acknowledge the ongoing crisis of inequality in the world, a fact that cannot be separated from any thinking about wellbeing. Different official definitions of wellbeing are examined and a radically different approach to living in an “unmanageable” world is explored.
– Lesson 3
Getting Over Our Selves
An introduction to the essential elements of personal development; the forces and conditions that shape the ‘self’ we come to believe in – and are sometimes trapped in. There are also other influences and relationships in our lives that can bring us to greater self-knowledge. And then there are the wisdom teachings of the world, encouraging us to “leave self behind”. How do we reconcile all this?
– Lesson 4
The Healing of Division
First we need to understand and acknowledge the ways in which we are divided, compulsively separating the good and the bad, the worthy and the shameful. Personal division is an echo of a culture – even, perhaps, a species – that is gripped by the illusion of separateness. Scapegoating, blame and hidden self-hatred are widespread. We look at ways in which meditation practice teaches us at first hand about the experience of union.
– Lesson 5
Addiction and Poverty
Drugs are not the only drugs in our culture. People have learned to become dependent on material possessions, status, power and imagined influence. Even our own experience, summed up as my self, has become yet another possession. What has the practice of meditation to teach us about letting go, non-attachment and the health-giving experience of a quite different kind of poverty?
– Lesson 6
Flowers in the Desert: The Constant Expansion of Wellbeing
The course is written at the time of a national lockdown, coinciding with the season of Lent. Humanity finds itself in the desert, where there seems to be nothing that we need and where nothing will grow. This is often the secret experience of the suffering individual at any time. We look at the ways in which meditation can support each one of us in facing up to uncomfortable realities, becoming present and opening the possibility of unexpected and joyful transformation.
© 2020 The World Community for Christian Meditation.
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What’s Included with the Course:
PEER DISCUSSION GROUPS
Expand your perspective by engaging in peer discussions around learning objectives, or start your own topic.
SEARCHABLE GLOBAL NETWORK
Search our global network of meditators and find local groups to support you in your spiritual journey.
Get access to our vast and ever-growing resource library to supplement your practice at every stage.
About Jim Green
Jim Green has worked for many years in the field of mental health with local and national organisations, the Open University and the BBC. He has practised meditation since the 1980s in both Buddhist and Christian settings. Jim has been an oblate of The World Community for Christian Meditation since 2009. He is the author of several books on meditation and mental health, the most recent being ‘Giving Up Without Giving Up: Meditation & Depressions’. Bloomsbury Continuum, 2019.