Course Educators Associate Professor Craig Hassed, and Dr Richard Chambers respond to the 1st week of learner activity in the online “Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance“ course by Monash University, currently running on FutureLearn #FLMindfulness www.futurelearn.com/courses/mindfulness-wellbeing-performance

Topics this week include:

00:05   Hello and welcome to learners around the world.
00:17 All ages. People in their 90’s.
00:26 ‘Work’ doesn’t mean paid employment, can be any situation.
00:48 Welcome repeat learners
00:56 Course is not designed for those with significant mental health issues
01:24 “What is Mindfulness”? More than meditation.
02:09 Awareness of short attention span. 8 seconds *
02:29 Technology can increase levels of distraction.
02:43 “Being in the moment’. Razor’s edge example.
03:49 “Where do our thoughts come from?”. Space. Awareness. Connectedness.
04:54 Meditating experientially v thinking too much.
05:06 Indigenous wisdom traditions. Connectedness. Community. Place. Listening.
05:43 Default mode. Noticing being distracted* Monkey mind. Mindlessness.
06:33 Formal practise. Comma & full stop meditations. Relaxation is a side-effect.
07:18 Challenges. Mindfulness is a different habit. Thoughts, excuses etc, all normal.
08:02 It’s hard to even find five minutes. Be patient. Keep working with it.
08:21 Using commas to punctuate. Eg after lunch. In the car.
09:05 Google Vice President 6 second mindfulness example. *
09:31 Multi-tasking. (We’ll explore in more detail later in the course).
09:55 How we use our attention. Flash light example.
10:33 Work-life balance. (Again will be covered in more detail later in the course).
11:11 Self-compassion v’s self-criticism. (More again, later in the course)
11:32 Comments about terms, jargon, terminology. Examples. Glossary *
12:00 Abstracts. Links to research. Learners are not expected to read. Optional extras.
12:28 Wrap up. Overview of next week. Proceed gently. Stay in step with the course.
12:56 Unlike other courses, good to take time.
13:08 Follow the mentors, Sherrelle & Adrian. *
13:24 Sum up and goodbye.

*Quotable quotes:

04:37 “If the thoughts are coming and going but this awareness is not, perhaps we’re the awareness and not the thoughts… that we’re aware of”.

*Links or References:
(NB you will only be able to access these links if you are enrolled in the course):

Attention spans Consumer Insights, Microsoft Canada
Spring 2015. @msadvertisingca #msftattnspans

A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind, Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert
November 2010 DOI: 10.1126/science.1192439

Business Insider article about Google’s VP of People Development’s ‘Mindful Breath’

Article by Shana Lebowitz, Jan 2016

Glossary of Terms used in this course (From the Downloads section of Step 1.4)

Revisit Step 1.4

Follow your course mentors on FutureLearn: Dr Sherelle Connaughton and Dr Adrian Medhurst to stay up to date with the main discussion threads and course news.

Follow course mentor Dr Sherelle Connaughton:

Follow course mentor Dr Adrian Medhurst:

(We often provide links to free abstracts from research papers as optional additional reading. Please note there is never a requirement to purchase or read the full papers, which in many cases may require a fee or a paid subscription in order to access.)

‘Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance’ by Monash University, available on FutureLearn.

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Optional follow: @FLMindfulness on Twitter. Tag #FLMindfulness in social media.

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