Are you feeling tired, distracted and stressed by the pace of modern life? Have you heard about mindfulness? Mindfulness is a technique concerned with being more aware and awake in every moment of your life. It is about intentionally paying attention to each moment, being fully engaged in whatever is happening around and within you, conveying an attitude of friendliness and compassion.
About the course
Research shows that when we are not deliberately paying attention to something, our brain clicks off into default mode, which is characterised by mind wandering, operating on “autopilot” , dwelling on the past, and worrying about judgment, criticism and the future. The result can be increased stress and anxiety, poor communication, and impaired academic and occupational functioning. Mindfulness can help you unhook yourself from these unproductive thought patterns and behaviours, and engage more fully in work and leisure time.
This practical six-week course explores the science, practice and philosophy of mindfulness. You will learn how to incorporate mindfulness practices into your life to reduce stress, improve mental health, and enhance your personal and professional life.
What you’ll learn
- to understand formal mindfulness meditation practices, as well as the informal practice of being mindful in daily life
- to pay attention to the present moment instead of worrying, dwelling on the past or reacting to what is happening.
- to form an attitude of friendliness and compassion toward yourself, as opposed to self-criticism.
About the instructors
Associate Professor Craig Hassed is a General Practitioner and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Mindfulness Coordinator at Monash University. Craig is a regular speaker in Australia and internationally on the application of mindfulness for health and wellbeing. Craig has authored nine books, including Mindful Learning with Dr Richard Chambers.
Dr Richard Chambers is a clinical psychologist specialising in mindfulness-based therapies. A Mindfulness Consultant at Monash, Richard has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and was involved in the development of Smiling Mind, a website and smartphone app designed to make mindfulness accessible to young people.
Starting date: 23 May 2016
Duration: 6 weeks
Instructors: Dr Craig Hassed, Dr Richard Chambers
Institution: Monash University