Meditation is a versatile tool that has stood the test of time. Now in the modern era, Westerners have re-discovered one of the simplest and healthiest ways to support ourselves and our development on the spiritual path.

However, people bring a lot of stuff into meditation. People bring a vast number of expectations and beliefs, and this creates a great deal of confusion. People get confused about what should happen in meditation and how it should go. Some questions people get stuck on include:

“Should I always feel peaceful and have a quiet mind when I meditate?”

“Will meditation heal me of my ailments [insert whatever you want healed]?”

“How will meditation help me to achieve enlightenment?”

There are plenty of other questions people have, and so I thought it’d be important to do an online class on this topic to help you properly engage with this old, but incredibly relevant spiritual tool. There will be 5 main uses I’ll discuss, but who knows? Maybe I’ll mention a few more during the class.

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5 Uses for Meditation Class Description

Meditation can support us throughout our lives and on the spiritual path. I encourage everyone to have a silent, seated meditation for at least a half hour a day every day. In today’s modern society, people are far too stimulated/agitated, and meditation is a necessary response to counter-act some of that stimulation and calm people.

I won’t get too much into the basics of how to meditate in this class. Rather, my focus is on how someone comes into the space of meditation as well as the varying roles that meditation can serve. It really doesn’t do just one thing, and that’s another reason that people can have very, very different meditations from one meditation to the next.

I want to also emphasize that I won’t be talking about using meditation to achieve enlightenment. The mindset of that interest is inherently wrong. Using meditation to get to enlightenment is typically driven by an ego agenda of some kind. The latter–the ego agenda–is much more interesting to investigate.

Why You Should Come to this Class

Whether you are a beginner or long-time practitioner, I recommend coming to this class. In it, you may learn:

  • What meditation can be used for
  • How to better use meditation appropriately depending on your present moment needs
  • To understand the different ways meditation can work
  • To perceive and let go of your expectations for meditation (like making the mind quiet)

Additionally, coming to classes is a great way to get to know me and how I teach. Particularly for those who want one-on-one sessions, coming to a few classes is essentially a pre-requisite for working with me.

Here are some more resources you may want to read.

How to Meditate

Numbing Yourself to Life and Over-stimulation

The Process of Releasing Pain

Specifics of the 5 Uses for Meditation Class

Here are the specifics of how the class works. 

  • One gathering on a Wednesday at 9 AM Pacific Time and another on a Monday at 5:30 PM Pacific Time
  • Have a class of around 10 people
  • Meet online via Google Meet (this online video service is free)
  • Meet for 1 hour and 1/2
  • Most of the class will be a lecture style
  • There will be around 1/2 hr for people’s questions

The suggested donation is 50 USD for those who can afford it. For everyone else, it is whatever fits your budget. Please don’t donate until after we spoken together and you’ve gone through the enrollment process. Signing up for my newsletter is NOT the enrollment process. That comes later.

If you have questions about this class, I’m happy to answer them. 

Once again, if you’re interested and aren’t on my free newsletter, you can sign up below. I’ll send out an announcement when I’m enrolling people in the 5 Uses for Meditation class.

In love and kindness,

Jim Tolles


I'm a spiritual teacher who helps people find freedom from suffering.

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