A couple of take-aways from the first free Mindfulness Course by FutureLearn & Monash University - Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance ...........
A colleague passed this gem along to me with good recommendation, and I post it here for your interest too. The two free courses are provided by Future Learn in collaboration with Monash University Australia and involve no assessment.
The first course is an introduction to mindfulness aspects -Mindfulness for Wellbeing & Peak Performance.
The second course - Maintaining a Mindful Life - shows how to apply mindfulness techniques in our daily lives.
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Both courses are made up of a combination of very short, easy to understand videos (e.g, 2 mins; 8 mins); audio recordings of short meditations etc ; articles, also short and easy to assimilate ; and online chat discussion with fellow participants. You can choose to go further to paid sections and receive a certificate, but the free section of the course is an entity in itself and very informative. A good step forward into mindfulness.
Type mindfulness in the search box of www.futurelearn.com.
The two course options should appear with registration guidance.
It wasn't possible to link you to a sample video with sound unfortunately, but here is part of a transcript of a short video - a commentary on the benefits of mindfulness.
So, when we're being unmindful, not paying attention to any one thing in particular, something called the default mode network activates in our brain. And that network is associated with rumination, worrying. It's also associated with depression, and later in life, it's associated with the development of Alzheimer's.
So, when we're not being mindful, or we're not paying attention, a brain state is activated that can cause all these carry-on negative effects and really affect our mental health. So, research by Lazar and colleagues has shown that after eight weeks of meditation practise of only 15 minutes a day on average, participants showed thickened hippocampuses..... those are the areas of the brain that are associated with memory.