Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsCRAIG HASSED: This is a course developed at Monash University, and part of our Mindfulness at Monash initiative. I'm Craig Hassed, and--

Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsRICHARD CHAMBERS: I'm Richard Chambers.

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsCRAIG HASSED: --and we're going to be the conveners of this course, guiding you through this introduction and how you can apply it in your day-to-day life. So Richard, would you like to say a little bit about what are going to be the core topics that we'll be exploring in this course?

Skip to 0 minutes and 26 secondsRICHARD CHAMBERS: Over the next four weeks, we're going to be exploring the science and practise of mindfulness. And we're going to be looking at how to get a regular meditation practise going. But also, how to apply mindfulness in our day-to-day lives to reduce stress, to improve work, study performance, have a better time at home, and also to make this into an ongoing practise that hopefully persists long after the course finishes.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsCRAIG HASSED: So there'll be a lot of things that will help you to do that. The first thing is that there'll be some videos each week looking at selected topics. Now, they're a bit of a springboard for discussion. Sometimes we'll be linking to articles or other links that might be of interest if you want to take your learning further. There'll also be a discussion board, which is very important. So we hope you engage with other learners, and you share your insights and your questions so that we're all learning from each other in a very active learning community. And that's going to be a moderated discussion board.

Skip to 1 minute and 21 secondsAnd our moderators, trained psychologists, will also provide distillation of the key topics that have come up. And so we're going to provide a weekly feedback video responding to some of those questions and things that have arisen. And so there's plenty of things that you can do. And there'll also be weekly questions just to help test your knowledge.

Skip to 1 minute and 42 secondsRICAHRD CHAMBERS: So obviously, the more you get into this course, the more you're going to get out of it. So we strongly encourage you to really throw yourself into all of the exercises and the information, and find out how mindfulness can benefit you in your life.

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.

¿Qué?

In this course, we’ve provided Spanish-language translations of course content, including steps, videos and meditation transcripts. We’re doing this to welcome a group of Spanish-speaking learners taking their first steps on their mindfulness journey.

It’s worth noting that English subtitles for videos and transcripts for meditations and feedback videos are also available on steps, like normal. On video steps, a time-stamped transcript is located just below the video and captions can be displayed using the video play controls. Transcripts for each feedback video are available from the Download section of the step.

We understand that this course attracts learners from all around the world, and although we have provided Spanish-language translations in the course, it’s worth remembering that English is still the specified language of the course, and as stated in the FutureLearn Code of Conduct, learners “will communicate in English only (or the specified language of the course).”

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 have been really interested to read the introductions that many of you posted in the welcome area before the course started.

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.

Talk about what motivates you!

Perhaps you might like to tell other learners about who you are, where you’re from and why you are interested in learning about mindfulness.

Also consider reading and commenting on contributions made by other learners or following learners with similar interests as you. You can also ‘Like’ comments or follow other learners throughout the course.

Mental health disclosure

This course is not designed to be therapeutic for any particular physical or mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, psychosis and post-traumatic stress. So if you have any significant health concerns, we ask you not to discuss personal details about this on a public forum such as this, and we strongly encourage you to seek professional advice and support.

Filtering and bookmarking comments

Comments on a step can be ‘filtered’ which helps you access them in a way that’s best for you. You can do this by selecting comments by ‘All comments’, ‘Bookmarked’, ‘Your comments’ or ‘Following’ from the drop-down menu in the comments section of the step. You can can also sort by ‘Newest’, ‘Oldest’ or ‘Most liked’.

Mentioning other learners

When replying to a comment, you can also mention other learners that are taking part in the comment thread. You can do this by entering the learner’s profile name as part of your reply. For example, @User3320607 That’s an excellent example. @User4499578 What do you think?

Please note, you can only mention others who are in the thread and cannot use the mention functionality in stand alone comments.

This week’s meditation

This week, you’ll have the chance to practise and experiment with Comma and The Body Scan meditations. We encourage you to work through the steps preceding these meditations to prepare you for and support you with these practices.

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Upgrading this course

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