Camp Calm Relax: Mindfulness for Relaxation by David Cain

Camp Calm Relax: Mindfulness for Relaxation

What is Mindfulness for Relaxation?

Mindfulness for Relaxation is an online course that teaches you how to generate relaxation and equanimity using mindfulness.

What are the benefits?

You’ll learn how to relax your body wherever you go, which adds a lot of pleasure to daily life. Settle into the pleasant sensations of a supple and relaxed body, in couches, office chairs, waiting rooms, vehicles, diner booths — anywhere your body comes to rest.

You’ll learn to generate deep states of relaxation and equanimity in the mind, by practicing mindfulness of the relaxed body.

It will teach you simple method for cultivating the many general benefits of mindfulness practice: stress relief, improved sleep, better concentration, better emotional regulation, increased fulfillment, and various health benefits. (Just Google them.)

By the end of the Camp you’ll have a powerful inner tool you can use to bring mindful relaxation into every corner of your life.

Does it involve meditation?

Yes. We use a beginner-friendly method called Breathing With.

Instead of trying to maintain focus on the breath indefinitely, as with most methods, you’ll practice feeling and enjoying body sensations for a few seconds at a time, taking a break whenever you need. It’s an easy method that can be very enjoyable.

What is the format?

Most of the lessons are delivered through guided audio. Plug in, turn on, and I’ll take you through it. There are a few self-directed practices too, so that you learn to do the technique unguided.

You can do the course on any internet-connected device: phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop.

There’s also a fun summer camp motif to it all. Camp Calm is set up as a “virtual place,” with different sections of the course representing different parts of the grounds.
Learn how the Camp works in the Orientation Lodge. Learn skills and techniques in the Meditation Hall. When you’re ready to begin working your new practice, you embark on the Wilderness Trail.

There’s also a Resource Center if you need any additional help, and a discussion forum – known affectionately as The Campfire — for you to ask questions or chat with me and your fellow Campers.

You can also contact me directly with questions any time. I’d love to help.

How long does it take?

The pace is up to you. Most people take three weeks. The practices are about 20 minutes each, and there are seventeen in total.

You could do one practice a day, or one every other day, or any other schedule that suits you.

When does it start?

Once you’re registered, you can start any time.

I hold occasional "group start dates" throughout the year, so you can do the course simultaneously with other Campers if you like. All registered campers will be informed of the dates beforehand via email.

But that’s optional — do the Camp whenever it works for you.

What's included?

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Orientation Lodge
Welcome to Camp! [START HERE]
1. What is This Course About?
2. How Camp Works
3. How We're Going to Practice
Meditation Hall
Welcome to the Meditation Hall
1. Mindfulness As Three Skills
2. A Tour of The Senses (Audio)
3. Exploring Body Experience (Audio)
4. Exploring Physical Relaxation (Audio)
5. Exploring Breathing With (Audio)
The Wilderness Trail
1. Welcome to The Wilderness Trail
2. Knowing As You're Breathing (Audio)
3. Appreciating Relaxation (Audio)
4. Knowing Sensation (Self-practice)
5. Opening To This Body (Audio)
6. Finding Concentration and Clarity (Audio)
7. Staying With Sensation (Self-practice)
8. Opening Up to Intensity (Audio)
9. Whole Body Equanimity (Audio)
10. Allowing Sensation (Self practice)
11. Settling Deeply (Audio)
12. Resting in Stillness (Audio)
13. Breathing With, On Your Own (Self practice)
14. Guided Informal Practice (Audio)
15. Bedtime Relaxation (Audio) [Bonus]
16. Putting It All Together
What did you think of Camp?
Resource Center
How to Focus On An Experience
Am I Doing It Right?
What Do I Do About Thinking?
Why Don't I Feel Relaxed When I Practice?
Breathing With Tips, Recommendations, and Options
Breathing With FAQ
Mindfulness Glossary
Creating a Daily Meditation Routine
Creating Informal Practice Habits
The Campfire
Camp Calm Discussion Forum
Email David
Equipment Shed
Breathing With Cheat Sheet
125 KB
Camp Calm Tracking Sheet
336 KB
Tour of the Senses [16 min]
17 mins
Exploring Body Experience [14 min]
14 mins
Exploring Physical Relaxation [11 min]
11 mins
Exploring Breathing With [19 min]
19 mins
Breathing With the Hands and Legs [13 min]
14 mins
Appreciating Relaxation [16 min]
17 mins
Opening to the Whole Body [17 min]
16.2 MB
Strengthening Concentration and Clarity [16 min]
14.9 MB
Working With Intense Sensations [21 min]
19.4 MB
Generating Equanimity With Body [17 min]
15.6 MB
Settling, Opening, Relaxing [23 min +]
30.7 MB
Resting in Relaxation [19 min]
17.6 MB
Informal Practice [13 min].mp3
14 mins
Bedtime Relaxation [20 mins].mp3
20 mins