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Mindfulness and Meditation

Techniques That Can Help Improve Your Well-Being

Taught byRichard Davidson, PhD
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Famed neuroscientist Richard Davidson has spent the last 30 years researching the intimate relationship between meditation, emotions, and brain health. And he’s found that by practicing a few specific meditation exercises, it’s possible to change your brain and build well-being. In this course from Life Reimagined, Dr. Davidson explains what he calls the 6 Dimensions of Emotional Style, which are a guide to show how we behave during social interactions while facing adversity, and while navigating life’s curveballs. He shows participants how to find out where they fall on the spectrum for each dimension of emotional style. And he shows meditation practices that can help participants change their brains and emotional style to increase focus, decrease stress, and help cultivate a more caring and mindful life.

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Unit 1: 6 Dimensions of Emotional Style

In the first half of this course, Dr. Davidson gives a brief history of his research and shares his journey to find the connection between brain health and meditation. He explains each of the 6 Dimensions of Emotional Style and their effects on our brains, emotional health, well-being, and daily lives. Participants will answer a set of questions to find their set point for each dimension. They can use this information as a starting point from which to change through meditation, exercises, or lifestyle changes.

Lesson 1 A 30-Year Journey
Lesson 2 Attention
Lesson 3 Resilience
Lesson 4 Outlook
Lesson 5 Social Intuition
Lesson 6 Self-Awareness
Lesson 7 Sensitivity to Context
Unit 2: Change Your Emotional Style

The second half of the course shows participants how to change Dimensions of their Emotional Style through meditation. Lessons show step-by-step examples of basic meditation techniques that are scientifically proven to change brain plasticity and promote positive emotional well-being. Each lesson will be introduced by Dr. Davidson and transition to a guided meditation led by another professional.

Lesson 8 Cultivate Well-Being
Lesson 9 Intro to Mindfulness Meditation: Awareness of Breath
Lesson 10 Intro to Mindfulness Meditation: The Body Scan
Lesson 11 Intro to Mindfulness Meditation: Open Monitoring Meditation
Lesson 12 Intro to Loving-Kindness (Compassion)
Lesson 13 Course Conclusion

Richard Davidson, PhD

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Richard Davidson, PhD

Dr. Richard Davidson is a neuroscientist, professor, best-selling author, and the founder of The Center for Healthy Minds at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2006, Time magazine called him one of “The 100 Most Influential People in The World.” He’s spent the last 30 years researching the connections between emotions, meditation, and brain health. He’s discovered what he calls the “6 Dimensions of Emotional Style,” Resilience, Positive Outlook, Social Intuition, Self-Awareness, Sensitivity to Context, and Attention. Together, these traits show how our emotions affect us during social interactions, while facing adversity, and while navigating life’s challenges. By interviewing and testing some of the world’s most influential meditators, Dr. Davidson has proven that adding meditation and other practices to your daily routine can change your brain and ultimately your Emotional Style.

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