Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsCRAIG HASSED: So we've been exploring lots of different applications of mindfulness. But what about the big picture? That's what we're going to explore this week. Mindfulness, is it really about waking up? Is it about having a bigger picture of our lives, and what our values are, and so on? Is it actually going into life in a much deeper way?

Skip to 0 minutes and 23 secondsRICHARD CHAMBERS: We live our lives so lost some of the time in distractions, and reactions, and living very unconsciously. And mindfulness helps us to notice that we're doing that, to have moments of snapping out of that, moments of lucidity, where we are completely aware of what we're doing, and aware of what we're feeling and thinking from moment to moment.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 secondsCRAIG HASSED: We've been exploring mindfulness, in particular applications of it that are very important applications in our life, and relationships, and the like. But is there a bigger picture to mindfulness? Is it a greater depth that we can actually explore our lives in our understanding of ourselves and the way that we relate to the world? Is it really about waking up? Now, a lot of this can sound a little bit lofty. But we want to remain grounded. We want to keep this practical and explore how this philosophical understanding of mindfulness can really inform our lives. Indeed all of the world's great wisdom traditions. They've got the principles and practices of mindfulness at their core, both east and west.

Skip to 1 minute and 22 secondsSo let's do this in a practical way, in a curious way, and understand mindfulness perhaps on a deeper level that we might have previously.

Welcome to Week 4

Watch Craig and Richard provide an overview of what you’re going to learn in this week of the course, and find out how you can understand mindfulness on a deeper level.

This week’s meditations

This week, you’ll have the chance to practise and experiment with the Choiceless awareness meditation and the Body, breath and listening meditation.

As you do so, you may also like to continue doing meditation exercises you have already been introduced to if that feels appropriate for you. In particular, continuing to regularly practise the short mindful Comma meditation (either with or without the audio guide) can be useful.

You may wish to explore these meditations to start your week. Once you have, we strongly recommend that you return to this step and then continue to move through this week's learning materials.

Moving through this week

We’re hoping that you move through this week together, taking time to review and reflect on the week’s content, do the meditation practices and really solidify your learning before progressing to new materials and practices.

Doing this will also give you the opportunity to reflect on the comments made by the course mentors as well as other learners. Reading about mindfulness is one thing, but really learning to practice and apply it is another thing and can take some time.

Of course, you’re welcome to move through the course at your own pace and review any earlier steps at any time.

We’ll record a feedback video at the end of this week!

Like the previous week, we’ll be recording a feedback video at the end of this week. The feedback video is our chance to respond to the questions, comments and related learner activity from this week of the course.

If there’s a particular topic or discussion from this week that you’d like to be explored further, engage with other learners in the Comments throughout the week to help the course team identify key topics to discuss in the video.

Consider using 'Like' to indicate which questions and comments you’d most like the course educators to answer!

Privacy, confidentiality and your mental health

This course is not designed to be therapeutic for any particular health condition. So if you, as a course participant, have any significant mental or physical health concerns we suggest that it would be better not to discuss those concerns on a public forum such as this and encourage you to please seek professional advice and support.

Sharing your thoughts, ideas and experiences

We can also learn a lot from other people’s insights and experiences. So, the more you actively share your ideas and join in the discussions, the more you will get out of this course.

You are not expected to be mindfulness teachers so we suggest you resist the temptation to advise others on how to practise mindfulness or to take up the role of therapist.

Instead, we suggest that you simply share insights from your own experience, stay on topic with the course content and ask the questions that are of interest to you.

If you’d like to start your own conversation on a step instead of responding to comments by other learners, you can do so in the Comments.

We hope you enjoy the week!

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Maintaining a Mindful Life

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