This Melbourne based mindfulness course is a 6 week group program designed to help participants develop the psychological skill of mindfulness. The course is loosely based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, developed and popularised by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The course differs from MBSR in its strong emphasis on practical applications of mindfulness in everyday life. Through guided experiential meditation and hands-on practice, this course will invite you to engage with the group, whilst developing mindful awareness for use in your day-to-day life.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a mental state of awareness that involves paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and flexibility. Mindfulness is a skill that can be developed through practice; meditation is just one way amongst many of cultivating mindfulness.
If you’re like most, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about what’s NOT happening in the moment: that is, ruminating about the past, or worrying about the future. Indeed, mind-wandering appears to be the brain’s default mode. However, according to recent research conducted at Harvard University, mind-wandering is a bigger predictor of unhappiness than how a person spends their time! Mindfulness meditation has been shown to be an effective way to combat this mind-wandering; meditation is about focussing our attention on the present moment.
The Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation has been widely used to help people manage anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain and other chronic medical conditions. Mindfulness meditation has been associated with vast benefits, such as:
- Being less judgmental and better able to let difficult things go
- Being less affected by unpleasant thoughts and feelings
- Bolstered immune system and reduced stress
- Improved performance in tasks that require sustained focus
- Experiencing a sense of calmness, peacefulness and happiness
- Being more compassionate towards yourself and others