A Short Introduction to Mindfulness
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A Short Introduction to Mindfulness

An introduction to mindfulness practises and concepts that can help you to stay more present during your daily life.
5.0 (2 ratings)
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Created by Mike Fitzgerald
Last updated 3/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Students will be able to become more aware of what is happening for them in the present moment
  • Students will be able to apply mindfulness skills, and mindfulness-related concepts, to their daily experience in a way that helps to alleviate stress
  • Students will be able to apply a process that helps them to work with difficult feelings and emotions when they arise
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Requirements
  • You only need to be interested in, and committed to, learning about mindfulness
Description

Mindfulness is becoming more and more popular, due in part to the ability of mindfulness practice to alleviate stress, improve concentration, and increase immune function. This micro-course introduces you to mindfulness, mindfulness-related concepts, and both formal and informal mindfulness practices that you would normally be introduced to on longer mindfulness courses, and condenses them into short bite-size lectures. If you take this micro-course, and regularly practise mindfulness, you will develop greater resilience towards stress, you will be able to concentrate with greater focus, you will be able to work with difficult emotions and feelings, and you will be able to savour pleasant experiences. 

This micro-course is ideal for you if you have an interest in mindfulness but don't have the time to commit to a longer mindfulness course at the moment, or can't find a mindfulness course locally. This micro-course is also ideal for you if you have an interest in mindfulness and would like to explore this interest. This course can also be for you if you already practice mindfulness and would like a fresh perspective on what you may already know. By undertaking this course you will develop a grounding in mindfulness, and mindfulness practice, that will give you extra confidence to explore mindfulness practice further and make it a part of your life.

Who is the target audience?
  • Those interested in learning about mindfulness, but don't have time for to go in person to a full course. You may have tried a mindfulness app or read something about, or listened to others talk about, mindfulness
  • Those who have practised mindfulness and would like a different perspective on some of what they may have already learnt
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
03:25:28
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Introduction to Mindfulness
5 Lectures 37:20

This lecture introduces you to the course tutor - Mike Fitzgerald

Preview 02:17

This lecture discusses mindfulness in more detail. By watching this lecture you will learn about different mindfulness definitions, the root meaning of mindfulness and what what it is you can be mindful of.

Preview 07:16

This lecture discusses the opposite of mindfulness, autopilot. By watching this lecture you will learn about different examples of autopilot, the difference between autopilot and doing something automatically, and autopilot's role in developing unhelpful habits.

Autopilot - The Opposite of Mindfulness
05:42

This lecture discusses how mindfulness helps to alleviate stress. By watching this lecture you will learn about a definition of stress in today's busy world, you will learn about the part of your nervous system which is stimulated by stressful experiences and the part of your nervous system which helps to regulate stress, you will learn about the two steps of a stress response, the role of mindfulness in alleviating stress, and you will be introduced to an informal practice for recognising stress. 

Mindfulness and Stress
08:23

In this lecture you will be introduced to a number of meditation postures. By watching this lecture you will be learn a number of meditation postures and how to maintain them. These include a lying down mediation posture, a sitting posture, and a cross-legged posture.

Meditation Posture
13:42
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Mindfulness of the Body
4 Lectures 30:04

In this lecture you be introduced to the practice of mindfulness of the body. By watching this lecture you will learn about the importance of being able to voluntarily manoeuvre your awareness and attention, you will learn how to develop an attitude of curiosity, you will learn how to develop your awareness of your body during daily life, you will learn how to develop awareness of your sensory experience, and you will be introduced to a formal meditation practice called the body scan.

Preview 08:43

This is a guided body scan meditation.

Preview 10:03

This lecture introduces you to some important considerations when beginning your mindfulness practice. By watching this lecture you will learn what it can be like when you first work with your mind, you will be introduced to an analogy for the mind, and you will be introduced to what mindfulness meditation is not.

Starting Where We Are
06:47

This lecture introduces you to the practice of mindful walking. By watching this lecture you will learn what mindful walking is, you will learn how to practice mindful walking, and you will be introduced to some suggestions for when you can practice mindful walking.

Mindfulness and Movement
04:31
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Mindfulness of Feelings
4 Lectures 33:49

In this lecture you will be introduced to the practice of mindfulness of feelings. By watching this lecture you will learn what is meant by feelings in mindfulness practice, you will learn what is mean by an attitude of acceptance in mindfulness practice, you will learn how being able to stabilise your awareness and attention helps to cultivate an attitude of acceptance, you will learn how an attitude of acceptance helps to reduce difficulty, and you will be introduced to the formal meditation practice of mindfulness of breathing.

Mindfulness of Feelings
07:26

This is a recording of a guided mindfulness of breathing practice.

Mindfulness of Breathing
10:27

This lecture discuss labelling in mindfulness practice. By watching this lecture you will learn why labelling is useful, you will learn what types of labels you can use when practising mindfulness, you will learn about common labels, and you will be introduced to a meditation practice where you can practice labelling.

Labelling
04:58

This is a recording of a labelling meditation practice.

Labelling Practice
10:58
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Mindfulness of Thoughts
6 Lectures 50:55

This lecture discusses the practice of mindfulness of thoughts. By watching this lecture you will learn what happens when you become more aware of your thoughts, you will learn how becoming mindful of your thoughts allows you to change your relationship with your thoughts, and you will learn about some of the different types of thoughts you can become aware of.

Preview 06:14

This is a recording of a working with thoughts meditation practice.

Working with Thoughts
15:18

This lecture discusses self-criticism and self-kindness. By watching this lecture you will learn what is meant by self-criticism, you will learn about the three emotional systems present that are present in the human body, you will learn what is meant by self-kindness in mindfulness practice, and you will be introduced to a short formal self-kindness meditation and an informal self-kindness practice.

Self-Criticism and Self-Kindness
09:47

This is a recording of a self-kindness meditation.

Self-Kindness Practice
09:06

This lecture discuss the informal three minute breathing space practice. By watching this lecture you will learn when you can use the three minute breathing space, you will learn about the three stages of a three minute breathing space - acknowledging, gathering, and expanding - and you will be introduced to an hour glass analogy for the three minute breathing space.

Three Minute Breathing Space
06:07

This is a recording of a three-minutes breathing practice.

Three Minute Breathing Practice
04:23
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Mindfulness of Mental Objects
6 Lectures 50:42

This lecture discusses mindfulness of mental objects. By watching this lecture you will learn what is meant by the term mental objects in mindfulness, you will learn about the role different modes of mind play when being mindful of mental objects, you will learn about the importance of being able to expand and open your awareness, and you will be introduced to a meditation practice which allows you to engage in being mode.

Mindfulness of Mental Objects
07:10

This is a recording of a being mode meditation practice.

Being Mode Practice
11:02

This lecture discusses the practice of RAIN which can help you to work with difficult feelings or emotions. By watching this lecture you will introduced to a way of thinking about difficult feeling or emotions, you will be introduced to the four stages of RAIN - Recognise, Allow, Investigate, and Non-Identification - and you will learn what happens as you use this practice repeatedly over time.

RAIN
09:07

This is a recording of a RAIN meditation practice.

RAIN Practice
12:46

  • This lecture discusses the negativity bias. By watching this lecture you will learn what the negativity bias is, how the negativity bias affects your emotional memory, the importance of savouring pleasant experiences, and you will be introduced to an informal practice where you keeps a diary of pleasant events.
The Negativity Bias
03:49

This lecture discusses how you can practice mindfulness more often in your daily life, so that you can start to weave mindfulness practice into everything that you do. By watching this lecture you will learn about mindfulness triggers and mindful activities, you will introduced to some ways in which you can being mindfulness practice in to your place of work, and you will be introduced to other mindfulness opportunities available to you during daily life.

Mindfulness in Daily Life
06:48
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 02:38

Well Done for reaching the end of the course. This final lecture outlines potential next steps if you want to continue your mindfulness practice and mindfulness journey.

Well Done + Next Steps
02:38
About the Instructor
Mike Fitzgerald
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1,013 Students
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Mindfulness and Compassion teacher

I am in my mid thirties and I have practised mindfulness regularly for 5 years. I have been an accredited mindfulness teacher for 2 years. I have an MSc in Studies in Mindfulness through the University of Aberdeen, and I have trained in mindfulness-related modalities through the Mindfulness Association, Breathworks, The Institute of Consciousness Studies, the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and the Mindfulness in Schools Project. My journey to mindfulness came about due to living with a rare, poorly understood and progressive health condition. Whilst able to work, I worked for 8 years as a Mentor with 16-19 year old students. Currently I am also studying for a diploma in life coaching. My first degree was studying Mathematical Science at Oxford University.