Mindfulness, meditation, living in the present... these are all buzz terms you’ve probably heard. Maybe even tried. But if you haven’t yet found your fit, join host Leah Vandenberg to try various meditation styles from across the world. Learn about Filipino Hilot, Japanese forest bathing, Hawaiian ho'oponopono and more. Whether you’ve been meditating for years, or this is your first time, these short meditations led by experienced teachers will fit neatly into your day.
Ho’oponopono meditation 1: Aloha, limitless love
Ho’oponopono is an ancient practice from Hawaii. Roughly translated, it means ‘to make things right’. Kumu Pa'a Kawika Foster will introduce you to it in this episode of Great Minds. The traditional practice has been passed down to him through 51 generations. Sit or lie down comfortably as you hit play. Take a deep breath in. Breathe out.
Ho’oponopono meditation 2: Your light
Guiding us this episode is Kumu Pa'a Kawika Foster, a practitioner of Hawaiian ho’oponopono. Kawika will share a story about the light we carry from birth - it goes to the essence of Ho’oponopono. You can sit or lie down as you listen, whatever makes you comfortable.
Ho’oponopono meditation 3: Forgiving, forgetting, remembering
In this last episode of Great Minds Season 1, we will finish with a final episode of Ho’oponopono. At its core, the practice is a process of making things right by forgiving, forgetting, and remembering, which is what Kawika will focus on. Sit, or lie down for this episode.
Qigong meditation 1: Basic mindfulness
Qigong is a form of Chinese meditation. The Chinese written characters for Qigong mean ‘breath’ or ‘to work the breath’. When you are practicing Qigong, you are learning the ‘skill of breathing’. In this episode Grandmaster Gary Khor will share a basic mindfulness meditation, great for beginners. Sit comfortably on a chair for this one, or even cross legged on a cushion. Try to keep your back up straight and relax your shoulders.
Qigong meditation 2: Environmental qi meditation
There are five elements in traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy; wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.This episode focuses on grounding yourself with the earth's energy. There will be a little bit of light movement in this episode so keep these three things in mind as Grandmaster Gary Khor guides you through.First, sit up straight but do not tense up – try to be relaxed at the same time. Second, try to empty your mind of unnecessary thoughts and focus on the mantra Gary will share with you. Finally, there will be a focus on your breathing, to help fill up your body with oxygen.
Qigong meditation 3: Three energy meditation
In this episode we will look at the concept of three energy meditation, with Grandmaster Gary Khor. Three energy meditation is used in Chinese qigong, health, medicine and in martial arts. sit comfortably in a chair or if you have space, stand up with your legs slightly apart.
Beautiful listening experience
Just loving exploring different meditation styles each week! Thank you SBS
What a useful mindfulness resource!
Thank you sbs for creating such a useful resource to learn new types of meditation and techniques for mindfulness. Really enjoying the variety and cultural practices included into this podcast! Practical, approachable and enjoyable! Can’t wait to see what more is to come!
Really enjoying the first episodes and looking forward to more. Great short meditations and informative too.