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Welcome to the course

In this video, Craig Hassed and Richard Chambers introduce the course and talk more about what you’re going to learn.
This is a course developed at Monash University and part of our Mindfulness at Monash initiative. I’m Craig Hassed and. I’m Richard Chambers. 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?
Over the next four weeks, we’re gonna be exploring the science and practise of mindlessness and we’re gonna be looking at how to get a regular meditation practise going but also how to apply mindlessness 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. 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. 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 so there’s plenty of things that you can do and there’ll also be weekly questions just to help test your knowledge. So obviously, the more you get into this course, the more you’re gonna 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 mindlessness can benefit you in your life.

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.

Talking point

We would like to start the course by hearing from you and what motivates you.

There will probably be a variety of reasons why each of you have signed up to do this course, so please introduce yourself and share your reasons for taking part in the course within the Comments.

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.

This week’s meditation

This week, you’ll have the chance to practise and experiment with Comma and The Body Scan meditations.

Rather than skipping straight to these exercises now, we strongly encourage you to work through the steps preceding these meditations to help better prepare you for these practices.

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 mention more than one other learner in a single comment box. Also, you can only mention others who are in the thread and cannot use the mention functionality in stand-alone comments..

Don’t forget to ‘Mark as complete’

When you are finished on this step, select the Mark as complete button before moving on to the next step. Doing so helps you keep track of your progression through the course.

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