Meditation For (Real) Life
Author and speaker Light Watkins specializes in teaching high achievers with busy minds and tight schedules how to meditate with success. He will show you how to use meditation to create deep and profoundly-restful experiences in your mind and body. The days of battling with your "monkey mind," sitting like a contortionist, and feeling like you're just staring at the back of your eyelids while meditating are numbered. Get ready to learn how to make meditation easier than you’ve ever imagined.
"Light Watkins’s approach to meditation is both simple and profound.”
— Deepak Chopra, M.D.
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Who is Light Watkins?
Light has been practicing and teaching meditation since the mid-1990s. After years of struggling for years to find the enjoyment in meditation, he finally met a meditation master who taught him how to tap into his inner peace. His first experience of “going deep” in meditation was so profound and unexpected that Light felt inspired to learn how to teach others to have that same experience. To date, Light has worked with thousands of students, and his mission is to help a million people start an enjoyable daily meditation practice. He wrote The Inner Gym: A 30-Day Workout For Strengthening Happiness. And his second book, Bliss More: How To Succeed In Meditation Without Really Trying, was named one of the “Best Meditation Books Of All Time" by Book Authority. Light's work has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, Forbes, Time, and he now leads sold-out trainings and international meditation retreats around the world. His students have included Oscar-winning actors, musicians, politicians, and even royalty. Those who experience Light's trainings find his no-nonsense, practical approach to meditation refreshing and extremely accessible—and you will too. See more about Light
"Meditation became the quietude that rocked my world.”
— Meghan Markle
How the process works
Register for an Intro to Meditation Session
Come meet Light in person and learn how his approach to meditation is unique and practical, and get all of your questions answered before committing to anything. This free information session will last about an hour, and if you feel inspired to take the next step, you will be eligible to register for one of Light's in-person comprehensive 4-day trainings, which usually starts as early as the next day. We look forward to meeting you in person.
Enroll in the live comprehensive training
On this training, you'll meet with Light in four 90-minute sessions spread out over four consecutive days. Usually, his trainings are held from Friday to Monday with morning or evening sessions. You will graduate from the training as a self-sufficient meditator, having forged a new and improved relationship with the practice. And chances are, you'll want everyone you know to start meditating in this way too.
Get ongoing support to help you stay consistent
Once you graduate, you’ll receive the one thing that's missing from most other meditation offerings: complimentary ongoing support. Light takes pride in supporting his students well beyond the initial training, and finds that it makes all the difference in someone becoming an enthusiastic daily meditator. You’ll also have the ability to repeat the training as often as you'd like, with no expiration date.
Upcoming Trainings & Events
This meditation training is for you if you are looking to:
Get more structure in your practice
Receive ongoing support
Join a community of other meditators
Improve your current practice
Enjoy meditating each day
Receive live instruction from an expert
Learn how to meditate from scratch
Receive 1-on-1 personalized instruction
Become a self-sufficient meditator
Pay only once for a lifetime of classes
What this is not
Another hard-to-do form of meditating
A meditation app
A drop-in one-off class
A silent meditation retreat
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What Light's students are saying
"Some of my friends took Light's course and recommended him highly. However, even their glowing recommendations could not prepare me for how amazing this experience was for me. I'm hooked!"
— Maria, Chicago
"I was very depressed, had sleep issues, sadness, and a feeling of worthlessness. My doctor put me on antidepressants for 9 months. I also saw a Therapist and she used EMDR therapy. She also suggested meditation. I then went to Light and took his course in July of 2011 in Chicago. I can proudly now tell you I am off of all meds, I no longer see the Therapist, and I am still meditating. All I can say is thank you to God or what ever force sent me to see Light. I can see myself doing this the rest of my life."
— Jeff, Chicago
"I have been meditating for a year now, and I am the happiest I have ever been. My stress levels have dropped tremendously and I don't suffer from social anxiety as much."
— Christine, Los Angeles
"I was debating on whether to learn the practice and de-prioritize a lot of what was on my schedule or plan to do it during a better time for me. I am SO glad I decided to just go ahead and do it, even though it wasn't exactly convenient. Now, I am much more relaxed and clear on my goals and priorities, and I attribute this to my regular meditation practice."
— Sarah, Chicago
"It's been two years since I learned meditation with Light, and I can do things now that I couldn't do ten years ago. I'm stronger in many ways and freer mentally and emotionally."
— Cliff, New York
"I'm someone who has tried numerous methods of meditation - books, articles, used brain entrainment CDs and none of them resulted in a practice that I felt had an impact. Light's course offers a really important element that was missing in the other methods I've tried - guidance. I've suffered from insomnia and after a few weeks I noticed a positive shift in my sleeping."
— Jenny, Chicago
"I decided to try meditation when I contracted tinnitus in 2009. I am happy to report that with Light Watkins' help, my ear ringing has significantly diminished, and meditation has allowed me to have peaceful and uninterrupted sleep."
— Paula, Los Angeles
Commonly-experienced benefits of meditation:
Decreased anxiety and depression
Decreased biological aging
Improved sexual performance
Improved focus and productivity
Debunking the Five Most Common Meditation Myths
A TEDx Talk with Light Watkins
Part of the confusion surrounding meditation lies in the slew of misconceptions, such as the notion that your thoughts are the enemy, or that there is no correct way to meditate.
In this TEDx talk, Light sheds light on what he's discovered are the five most common meditation myths that can cause a well-meaning meditation practitioner to discard their daily practice, or worse, to feel that they are incapable of meditating.
Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to anything, but there are best practices that can apply to all activities, meditation included.
If you’re having a hard time with meditation, or find it confusing, watch this talk and get some insight into the misconceptions that may be blocking you from experiencing the full benefits of this very simple practice.
After you graduate from the Vedic Meditation training, you can repeat it as many times as you'd like with any teacher in the worldwide Vedic network at no additional cost. Click below to see the calendar along with more support resources.
"Light saved my life! Take it from a nebbishy neurotic anxious manic depressive comedian who used to hyperventilate his way through life - meditation saved me, and Light taught me the way!"
"Since Light reframed what meditation was for me, I am able to practice more effectively than ever before. I get to enjoy the journey of meditation, free of the frustrations I used to be confronted by."
Host, Australian Idol
"Light's training was game-changer. Becoming a daily meditator not only improved my sleep, but it has completely changed the way I operate as a human being. I highly recommend it."
Actor, The Vampire Diaries
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