Ready to optimize your life? Check out the Academy!

Meditation Is Not What You Think

with Ed & Deb Shapiro

Course Overview

From running an orphanage to being a political adviser, from being held in a prison cell to living in a crowded city, meditation changes people’s lives.

Meditation is simple and transformative, yet often misunderstood. Some think it is controlling the mind or stopping thinking, while others see it as both weird and wacky or boring and meaningless. Many 'try' to meditate but their minds are so busy they get frustrated and believe they can't do it.

Yet meditation just means being present and aware. It is being with yourself completely as you are. If the mind is thinking then you are aware of the thinking; if the body is moving then you are aware of the movement. So there is sitting meditation, sound meditation, walking meditation, even running meditation. It is not purposefully doing anything other than being here.

And just this creates an inner spaciousness in which you can let go of the endless ‘me-centered’ dramas. It reveals the quiet that is hidden beneath your busy, chattering mind that keeps you endlessly engaged. Transform stress and habitual tendencies and embody greater peace and unconditional happiness.

Meditation is truly the greatest gift you can give yourself. There is nothing more beautiful. Join Ed and Deb Shapiro in this 4-week course to dive into the many possibilities that meditation offers you!

Enroll Now

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who wants to enrich their lives, whose busy, chattering monkey-like mind has a habit of running the show and you long to just stop and be at peace; anyone who would like greater kindness and compassion in their lives; and anyone who seeks basic sanity and freedom!

What You'll Learn

Week 1. If Meditation Isn't What You Think, Then What Is It?

  • Why meditate
  • Clearing your mind
  • No appointments, no disappointments
  • Mindfulness Meditation

Week 2. Making Friends With Yourself and Your Chattering Monkey

  • Cutting through habitual patterns
  • Discovering basic sanity
  • Being with what is
  • Witness Meditation

Week 3. Happiness Is An Inside Job

  • How to unhook from negativity
  • Awakening unconditional love
  • Discovering compassion
  • Loving Kindness Meditation

Week 4. The Only Way Out Is Within

  • Basic goodness is within you
  • Making friends with your world
  • Living in the present moment
  • Heart-centered Visualization

What You’ll Get Out of the Course

  • How to create daily times of quiet mind and peaceful heart
  • A loving friendship with yourself, just as you are
  • Compassionate understanding for others and the world
  • Genuine ease and mindfulness in your whole life
  • Cheerfulness, fun and, above all, not taking yourself too seriously!

About Ed & Deb Shapiro

Ed and Deb have been teaching meditation and relaxation together for over 25 years, both internationally and with corporations. They are the authors of the award-winning book, Be The Change, How Meditation Can Transform You and the World, with forewords by the Dalai Lama and Prof. Robert Thurman.

They are featured bloggers for the,, and, and host their weekly radio show, Going Out Of Your Mind. Ed grew up in New York City, trained as a yoga master in India, and is sought after for his compassionate understanding of the human condition. Deb grew up in London. She is highly respected for her intuitive understanding of the bodymind relationship and is the author of the international bestseller, Your Body Speaks Your Mind.

Praise for Ed & Deb Shapiro

“Ed and Deb Shapiro are two warm, caring and capable individuals. Their work makes our planet a safer and more loving place to live.”
Dr. Bernie Siegel M.D., author of million-seller ‘Love, Medicine and Miracles’

“I hope that your work is reaching many. It deserves it and so do they.”
Stephen Levine, International bestselling author

“Ed and Deb bring compassion and heart to a modern world where it is sorely needed.”
Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now and Still Here

“The wonderful Shapiros are a conduit of joy and spiritual energy that heals hearts on their subtle level.”
Dr. Lex Hixon

“Ed and Deb make a connection to their friends spirit. They then bring their spiritual energy all over the world for world peace.”
Kitaro, Golden globe Award recipient and Grammy Award winning musician

“I know Ed and Deb as their television producer and they walk their talk.”
Joanne Sawicki, creator of Channel Health TV


Enroll Now

Medium_large Medium_large

Ed trained in Yoga Nidra in India where he became a Swami—a Yoga Master—with one of India's greatest yogi's Paramahamsa Swami Satyananda at the renown Bihar School of Yoga. He travels the world teaching Yoga Nidra, dynamic inner conscious relaxation.

Deb is the author of the award-winning international bestseller, Your Body Speaks Your Mind, Decoding the Emotional, Psychological, and Spiritual Messages That Underlie Illness, now in over 18 languages. Learn more about Ed & Deb »

Ed and Deb have been teaching meditation together for over 25 years. They are the authors of the award-winning book, Be The Change, How Meditation Can Transform You and the World, foreword by the Dalai Lama. They are featured bloggers for the,, and, and host their radio show, Going Out Of Your Mind. Check them out online at


Follow Ed & Deb Shapiro on Twitter! Be Ed & Deb Shapiro's friend on Facebook! Visit Ed & Deb Shapiro's Wesite

Other Courses offered by Ed & Deb Shapiro