Learn how to apply mindfulness techniques, so you can improve your communication, relationships and emotional health.

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Maintaining a Mindful Life
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Discover techniques to help you maintain a mindful life

Interest in mindfulness has grown enormously over the last few years. It’s no surprise: mindfulness techniques can improve your communication skills, relationships and emotional health. But not everyone knows how to apply mindfulness in daily life.

Building upon the introductory Mindfulness for Wellbeing Peak and Performance, this course will show you how can embed mindfulness into all aspects of your life.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds RICHARD CHAMBERS: Hi. I’m Richard Chambers, and this is Craig Hassed. And together we coordinate mindfulness programmes at Monash University in Australia.

Skip to 0 minutes and 20 seconds CRAIG HASSED: This is a course in mindfulness, which explores some really interesting and important areas for all of us really– topics that are sometimes a little bit more challenging. And that’s why it really does presume a little bit of prior learning and experience– things like relationships, communication, self-compassion, and compassion for others. It could be of relevance to people at home or at work or pretty much any walk of life.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds RICHARD CHAMBERS: We’ll explore the science and practise of mindfulness. And each week there will be different exercises, meditations. There’ll be reading materials. There’ll also be a forum so you can have conversations with learners from all around the world. And we’ll be providing feedback and guidance as we go.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 seconds CRAIG HASSED: It’ll take a few hours a week, but mind you, you’re in control of that because there’ll be extra things, extra links, extra readings. So you can go into it in as much depth as you want.

Skip to 1 minute and 8 seconds RICHARD CHAMBERS: So if you feel like you to use some more mindfulness in your communication and relationships, then we encourage you to do this course.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Communication

    • Getting started

      This week, get started with expanding and maintaining mindfulness in your life. Learn how you can apply mindfulness principles to improve your communication and practise a mindful listening meditation exercise.

    • Mindfulness meditation

      Start the course with a very brief mindfulness meditation, the Comma.

    • Expanding and maintaining your practice

      Get some advice on mindfulness, and learn more about expanding and maintaining your mindfulness practice.

    • Mindfulness meditation

      Practise the listening meditation.

    • Mindful communication

      Learn more about how you can be more mindful in the way you communicate.

    • Weekly feedback from the educators

      Watch Craig and Richard provide feedback on various topics and questions that have arisen from discussions throughout the week.

  • Week 2

    Mindful relationships

    • Welcome to the week

      This week, learn how mindfulness can improve your relationship with yourself, and others.

    • Empathy and compassion

      Explore how you can be more compassionate with others and participate in an meditative learning exercise helping to differentiate between empathy and compassion.

    • Meditations

      Practise these meditations to better cultivate kindness and compassion.

    • Mindful relationships

      Find out how mindfulness can help you with being assertive and what that means for relationships, home life and caring for others.

    • Weekly feedback from the educators

      Watch Craig and Richard provide feedback on various topics and questions that have arisen from discussions throughout the week.

  • Week 3

    Cultivating self-compassion and emotional health

    • Welcome to the week

      This week, learn how you can bring mindfulness to self-compassion and performance, and to pain.

    • Self-compassion and performance

      Learn how self-compassion can impact your performance, and practise a meditation.

    • Mindfulness and pain

      Find out how you can bring mindfulness to pain, both physical and emotional.

    • Mindfulness meditation

      Practise the pain meditation.

    • Weekly feedback from the educators

      Watch Craig and Richard provide feedback on various topics and questions that have arisen from discussions throughout the week.

  • Week 4

    The big picture

    • Welcome to the week

      This week, learn about the 'big picture' and how you can embed mindfulness into all aspects of your life.

    • Mindfulness meditation

      Practise the choiceless awareness meditation.

    • Ethics, values and goals

      Find out how mindfulness can help you connect with your ethics, values and goals to help you lead a better life.

    • Everyday mindfulness

      Learn how you can apply mindfulness to the way you eat, respond to news in the media, and more.

    • Mindfulness meditation

      Practise the body, breath and listening mindfulness meditation.

    • End of course

      Watch Craig and Richard provide their final thoughts and feedback on various topics and questions that have arisen from discussions throughout the week, and access resources that you can use to help you to maintain a mindful life.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Experiment with a range of mindfulness techniques
  • Develop and apply a range of mindfulness techniques that are effective
  • Evaluate the impact of a variety of mindfulness techniques
  • Model a more mindful approach to communication, relationships and emotional health
  • Engage with informal and formal mindfulness practices

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for people with previous experience of practising mindfulness and we strongly recommend completing the introductory course Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance before doing this more advanced course.

Watch lead educator Craig Hassed introduce the course and provide further advice on the mindfulness practices that will be available to you.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

Some practices in this course may not be suitable for people who have not previously learned and applied foundational mindfulness principles and techniques.

This course is not designed to be therapeutic for significant health problems so if you have any concerns in this regard then it is recommended that you speak to a suitably qualified health practitioner.

What software or tools do you need?

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.

Who will you learn with?

Associate Professor Craig Hassed is coordinator of mindfulness programs at Monash. He teaches mindfulness nationally and internationally in health, educational, community and corporate settings.

Richard is a clinical psychologist and internationally-recognised expert in mindfulness. Widely published in the field, he works with many educational, business, sporting and community organisations.

Who developed the course?

Monash University

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

  • Established1958
  • LocationMelbourne, Australia
  • World rankingTop 80Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

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