Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsCRAIG HASSED: Welcome to the course, "Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance." This is a six-week course. And just to give you a bit of a sense of the structure of it, there will be weekly activities. That will include videos and clips and audios. That'll have exercises and experiments that you can apply. And this would be supported by readings, which will give you a bit more of the background, some of the science. But just to test your knowledge and to refresh some of the things that are important. Also there'll be some weekly quizzes. But this is a very important part of your engagement with the programme. There'll be reflection, activities, and discussion groups.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 secondsAnd we really strongly encourage you to engage with that, share your insights, and experiences, and reflections, and questions with other participants. And we'll try and give you some feedback on that when we can. There's also pre- and post-course surveys, which are there to sort of look at some measures of wellbeing and engagement with work and life. And also a number of optional links and resources, that if you want to look further, the things that are outside of the core content of the course.

Skip to 1 minute and 13 secondsRICHARD CHAMBERS: This week, we're going to introduce the science and practise of mindfulness. We're going to look at what mindfulness is and why it matters in our lives. We're going to explore the notion of default mode, which is what happens to our attention when we're not in engaged and focused, that daydreaming and that mental chatter. We're going to look at the effect of default mode on stress and performance and introduce the notion of what's called executive functioning. We're going to introduce mindfulness conceptually, but also through a series of exercises and applications that you can start to practise and apply in your life. And we're going to look also at how to get the most out of this course.

Skip to 1 minute and 53 secondsCRAIG HASSED: And that will really come about if you apply it, but also question it, explore it, experiment with it. But one thing we would really encourage you to do is to be patient. It takes time to start applying it and then to get the insights and experiences that will start to make sense of it. So please, see it as a long-term thing over the following six weeks, not just expecting it all to become clear on the first week. The more you put in, the more you'll get out of it. And that's certainly what we hope that you do, is you get a lot out of this course.

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