How to get the most out of this course

In this course, we assume you have had some experience with mindfulness or its applications.

Each week, we introduce and explain different concepts and provide links to other resources to help you learn. We’ll also ask you to participate in learning activities that will help you to apply the course content to your own context, and share your ideas with other learners.

We encourage you to practise and experiment with the meditations provided each week. However, you may find it beneficial to do the very short practices, such as the mindful comma exercise. Over time find the practice or practices that you like and do these.

How we refer to work

We refer to work and study throughout the course, but we recognise that a lot our learners are older and no longer in full-time work or education. We also recognise that work doesn’t just include paid employment, but can also include volunteering, caring, parenting and working around the home. Learning can also include learning for interest and not just at a school or university.

Your time commitment

You will need to allocate a minimum of three hours per week for four weeks to make your way through the course material and sample each mindfulness exercise. However, making mindfulness a real part of your life will require more than three hours per week. This doesn’t have to be three hours in a single block, but you will find it easier to learn if you can set aside a regular time to study and focus on the course without distraction.

Articles and additional reading

We have also included a number of links and articles for those who want to dedicate more time and explore the science of mindfulness in more depth, and to provide additional information to where claims or references to research are made in the course.

These papers and articles are included to help demonstrate some of the research in this area, but we do not expect you to purchase a subscription to read the full paper. Hopefully, just reading the summary provided in the free abstract will be sufficient for those that are wanting to know more about this study.

Accessing these additional materials is entirely optional.

Participating in the course

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 practice mindfulness or to take up the role of therapist.

Instead, we suggest that you simply share insights from your own experience and ask the questions that are of interest to you. If you know the answer to a question being asked, don’t be shy. Post an answer. If you find an answer or comment helpful, please ‘like’ it, so the best answers can be found more easily by others.

Moving through the course

We’re hoping that we’ll move through the course together, roughly in the order of each week, where possible taking time to review and reflect on the week’s content 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.

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.

Use of video and audio

Sections of this course make extensive use of video and audio. Before you begin, make sure the computer or device you’re using has the ability to play video and audio and you have access to speakers or headphones.

Note: You might find headphones more suitable for the sections of the course that guide you through mindful meditation exercises.

Learning online

Are you new to learning online or would just like to learn more about how you can better manage your time online?

Go to Learning Online: Reflection, Engagement and Motivation (LOREM) website produced by the Monash University Library for a detailed resource that addresses topics such as staying motivated and managing your time.

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Maintaining a Mindful Life

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