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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsRICHARD CHAMBERS: Welcome to the course. I'm Richard Chambers.

Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsCRAIG HASSED: And I'm Craig Hassed.

Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsRICHARD CHAMBERS: A lot of people, when they start learning about mindfulness, immediately think of stress reduction, feeling better, and perhaps, of course, improving performance. And there's a lot more to the picture.

Skip to 0 minutes and 21 secondsCRAIG HASSED: Absolutely. And so if you've got the basic mindfulness skills and how to apply it in different parts of your life, well and good. But the softer sort of aspects of mindfulness, perhaps, inverted commas soft skills and how it applies to things, like communication and relationships and compassion and of course the things related to a valued life, our ethics, the way that we live and carry ourselves in the world. These are the kinds of things we're gonna be exploring in this course.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsRICHARD CHAMBERS: Mindfulness often begins being about us and how we relate to ourselves. But it very quickly becomes about how we relate to others and really, as you were saying, how we live our lives. And that's what we're gonna be exploring in this course.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 secondsCRAIG HASSED: And of course, these things matter so much, because these have so many implications for how we are at home, at school or university, how we are in our work. So the implications for these, as it were softer skills, but very important skills. Massive in our lives.

Skip to 1 minute and 18 secondsRICHARD CHAMBERS: And so on in this course, we're gonna be exploring how we relate to ourselves and to others, how we communicate, and how we live our lives moment to moment.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 secondsCRAIG HASSED: And so this course will have, obviously, some videos and links and readings, but discussion boards, where learners can interact with each other, share insights, and share questions. They'll be moderated and we'll provide support for you as you go.

Skip to 1 minute and 42 secondsRICHARD CHAMBERS: And feedback videos every week as well on the main topics.

Skip to 1 minute and 46 secondsCRAIG HASSED: That's right. And so it's a very practical and experiential course. Learning the theory of mindfulness is interesting, like attending a lecture on hydration, for example. But it's not going to satisfy the thirst. That's when we drink the water. And what that means in these terms is, when we apply mindfulness, when we really experience it in our lives, that's what's really going to satisfy. So throw yourself into it, explore, experiment, question, and really build on learning in a collaborative learning community throughout these few weeks.

Welcome to the course

Watch Craig and Richard introduce the course and talk more about what you’re going to learn, and how you’ll go about learning it.

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.

Talking point

We would like to start the course by hearing from you! There will probably be a variety of reasons why each of you have signed up to do this course, and we’d love to hear from you.

If you haven’t already introduced yourself in the Welcome area or would like to provide more reasons for taking part in the course, take a moment to share your thoughts within the Comments. You can do this by selecting the pink + icon.

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This week’s meditations

This week, you’ll have the chance to practise and experiment with the Comma and Listening meditation.

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

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, select the Comment button and then share your ideas.

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Maintaining a Mindful Life

Monash University

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