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

We encourage you to practise and experiment with the meditation exercises presented each week for at least a few days, if not more, if you find they are useful. You are not expected to keep doing the previous week’s practices as well the current week’s practices if you do not wish to.

However, you may find it beneficial to continue regular practice of some short exercises, like the Comma, to help punctuate your day with more mindfulness.

Over time find the practice or practices that work best for you and aim to do these regularly.

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.

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Maintaining a Mindful Life

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