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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsDR.CRAIG HASSED: The theory of mindfulness without the practise is like a lecture on hydration without drinking water. It's very dry, and it doesn't really do us much good. So this next section is going to be very much around how to apply mindfulness. The application of mindfulness can be divided into a few different areas. Firstly, there's the formal practise of mindfulness meditation. It's like the gym work for attention, if you like. But there's no point in being mindful for 5, or 10, or 20 minutes practicing meditation, and then being unmindful 23 hours and 40, or 50, or 55 minutes in the day.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsSo the aim of mindfulness meditation is to have a better opportunity to be mindful when we get out of the chair and re-engage with our day-to-day life. So that's the informal practise of mindfulness. Now, implicit it in both the formal and the informal practise of mindfulness are also a range of cognitive practises. And the big four, as far as I'm concerned, in mindfulness, have to do with the relationship between perception and stress, letting go, acceptance, and presence of mind.

Formal practice of mindfulness meditation

Watch Craig introduce the formal practice of mindfulness.

Craig also explains how mindfulness is broken down into the following three main aspects:

  1. The formal practice of mindfulness meditation.
  2. The informal practice of being mindful in daily life.
  3. The cognitive aspects of mindfulness.

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Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

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