Mindfulness As Therapy - Everyday Mindfulness
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Mindfulness As Therapy - Everyday Mindfulness

Learn how to use mindfulness in everyday life and how to make it much more effective for you.
4.2 (24 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
2,007 students enrolled
Last updated 3/2019
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to properly practice mindfulness meditation
  • How to integrate mindfulness in everyday life when busy
  • How to make mindfulness and mindfulness mediation more effective
  • There are no prerequisites for this course. Suitable for beginner or advanced.

Mindfulness as Therapy will help you to acquire proper mindfulness habits that will allow you to practice effectively in everyday life. You can take control of your thoughts, impulses and desires by learning key principles and what expert meditators know.

This course will focus on techniques that allow anyone and everyone to engage in mindful living, regardless of who you are. If you are a practitioner, you can benefit from this course. If you are wanting to learn mindfulness, you’ll benefit and see how mindfulness is more of a self-management tool, to help you in most all aspects of your life.

The research is clear: Mindful living greatly improves emotional and psychological problems, it helps us to live in the present, instead of so worried about the future or regretting the past. It by trains the mind, and alternatively, changes the brain to bring long-lasting relief.  

This course is designed for both the individual who wishes to properly apply mindfulness practices into his/her life, and for other counselors or practitioners to learn more about it as a therapy to help others. Really anyone can benefit from this course, beginner or advanced.

The neuroscience research continues to show the therapeutic effects mindfulness has on the brain, behavior and one's mental health. Don't you think it's about time to consider? This course will focus on the principles that the American Doctor, and father of Mindfulness for therapy in America, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh have teach and stated that "mindfulness is the best tool for mental health and general well-being." 

By the end of this course, you will have enough knowledge and tools to help yourself or those you love, achieve a desired relaxed and meditative state in everyday life, even if you are a beginner. 

Through mindfulness you can gain greater cognitive control over your mind, learn how to react to unhealthy impulses and desires and keep them at bay. Mindfulness really can help you to gain greater peace, gratitude, acceptance of yourself and others. It is very therapeutic in practically any barrier you might be experiencing. Feel free to take a look through the course description, and I look forward to seeing you on the other side. 

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone struggling with addiction or wish to break free from destructive habits or harmful thought patterns
  • Those who wish to integrate mindfulness into their busy schedules/life
  • Those who wish to manage obsessive and compulsive thoughts and behaviors through mindfulness
  • Clinicians or medical practitioners that would like to learn about mindfulness for working with their clients
Course content
Expand all 17 lectures 01:32:02
+ Welcome to Mindfulness
2 lectures 04:20

Mindfulness is a practice that has been around for over two-thousand years, with a proven track record, backed by lots of research as being extremely therapeutic for even some of the toughest situations. You will learn how to acquire mindfulness skills, how to use it every day, even when you feel you don’t have time or are too busy.

In this course, we will examine the benefits of mindfulness, what science tells us about it, how it changes the brain, how to properly practice it, how to become more effective in it, even if you are a beginner, and additional insights that you may not have considered. 

Preview 02:13

Mindfulness is something I practice every day. When I find myself starting to become stressed or too busy, or catch my mind jumping around, I sit quietly, at work, at home or driving, and focus on the present moment and my heart rate physically decreases, my mind settles and I can think more clearly. Think about that for a moment, having such a great tool at your disposal!

Preview 02:07
+ Introduction to Mindfulness
3 lectures 06:31

Mindfulness has been a practice that has been around for nearly 2500 years. It has been a way to awaken the soul, in religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and even Christianity, there are elements of it. 

As time went on, mindfulness gained more and more attention from health practitioners, researchers, neuroscientists, and counselors, because of the profound benefits that those who use it were experiencing. And now, we have limitless research at our fingertips showing just that. It really does impact how we think and feel. 

Preview 01:48

How is Mindfulness therapeutic? Mindfulness is about paying attention. It is deliberate attention on the present moment. It is to be present with our senses, what we hear, smell, feel and see. 

The reason why mindfulness is so effective in helping mitigate and manage mental health concerns and anxious thoughts, depression or addiction, and a slew of other things, is because problems in our life are largely related to the past or future. 

Preview 02:56

John Kabat-Zinn has made the greatest impact on mindfulness therapy. He described mindfulness as “Seeing things, as they are, right now”. He emphasizes to pay attention to the present moment and to do so in a “non-judgmental way.”

So, mindfulness has two important concepts you should learn. The first partis to pay attention to the present moment. The second partis to not be judgmental about it. 

Preview 01:47
+ Mindfulness Practice
3 lectures 19:57

The purpose of mindfulness, is to be able to observe either our breath, our surroundings, our sensations as best that we can, and return to it when our mind becomes distracted by a thought or impulse. That is really it. 

To be most effective, it is good to get into a particular position, such as sitting up straight, in a confident way. How your body is, affects your practice. Sitting up straight tells your body that you are doing something important that requires effort and attention.

Focusing on the Breath

In this video, you will be presented with a professional recording from an experienced mindful meditation instructor. A few things to look out for when starting this meditation, is that you will be guided to find a comfortable place. You want to be comfortable and also be an area where you will not be distracted. Turn the TV off , for example, and find a quiet place free of distraction. 

Mindfulness of Breath

In this video, I want to just reiterate a a few key points to remember, as we have reached the end of this section. 

Key Points to Remember
+ Attitudes of Mindfulness
1 lecture 06:47

We often think of mindfulness as something we do. But the reality of it is that mindfulness is something we allow to happen. Therefore, your attitude is very important. The more appropriate attitude you bring with you into mindfulness, the easier it is to cultivate a calmer mind, relieve tension and gain the benefits from its practice. You are also better able to focus, direct your attention and think more clearly. 

There are 7 attitudes we should keep in mind when practicing mindfulness. They are: 

1.   Beginners mind

2.   Non-striving

3.   Patience

4.   Persistence

5.   Letting Go

6.   Acceptance

7.   Self-trust

7 attitudes
+ Body Scan
3 lectures 33:28

Now that we have practiced mindfulness by focusing on the breath, and talked about the 7 attitudes of mindfulness. We should now talk about the body scan.

During a body scan, you focus on different parts of the body, and work through the whole body, from your feet, for example, to your head. It is often best to have a body scan recording to guide you through it, or with a teacher to guide you through it.

Introduction to Body Scan

Before jumping into the body scan, here are a few things to keep in mind.

·     Do not get discouraged. Many people who first practice a body scan may have thoughts that come in and say “I am not doing it right” because they start to fall asleep or get caught up in thoughts. That is okay.

·     Keep in mind that when we do a body scan, focusing on our breath can still occur, especially as a central focus if you have a harder time redirecting your thoughts when distracted.

·     Focus on just one part of the body at a time, treat sensations that pop up as distractions and redirect your attention to the area that previously had your attention. 

·     While doing a body scan it may be most beneficial to do it lying down.

·     Once you have practiced the body scan, you can try to do it without the use of a recording.

Keys to Success

In this video, you will be presented with a body scan mindfulness mediation. Remember as you are guided through the body scan, you may find it difficult at first, but as you practice, you will find it very helpful and it will become natural to you. Also, ith a body scan, focusing on the breath can still occur, especially if you have a difficult time with refocusing on a sensation when a distraction comes. But as you get better at it, you should be able to redirect back to the sensations. 

Body Scan
+ Mindful in Everyday Life
5 lectures 20:59

Mindfulness isn’t just something you can do while meditating. In fact, living more mindfully in everyday life, is just as good or better for our lives because it helps us to become grounded when stressful situations arise, helps us to relax during, before and after tense events and allows us time throughout the day to practice even in the busiest of schedules. 

Everyday Mindfulness

Mindful walking is one of my favorite things to do. While I am at work and have to rush from one presentation to another or class to another, I try to spend that time mindfully walking and take breaks often to mindfully walk. When our mind is in a rush, as many times it is, you’ll find our body is also rushed. It pushes our body to act quickly.  

Mindful Walking

Mindful eating is a great way to slow down our eating process and we often will feel fuller earlier, which results in better health. 

We might often eat on the couch while watching TV. But to properly eat, mindfully, you want to not be rushed or distracted. Eating in silence, allows us to eat just like how we would meditate. Focus on sensations of food, the taste, texture and other sensations it provides. The best way to do this is to eat in silence where there aren’t technology distracting us. 

Mindful Eating

There are great ways you can incorporate mindfulness into everyday life. When you do, at the end of the day, you will find a sense of accomplishment because, you have integrated mindfulness practices into pockets of your life. 

Other Ways to Practice Mindfulness

Now you have the tools to become more mindful in everyday life and to better deal with the difficulties you may experience, such as impatience, irritability and how to use dead space for practicing mindfulness. It is an excellent time to practice. You also discovered why it is so important to help you find greater enjoyment out of life and a greater sense of well being. This will also, help individuals that work in health professions how to better help their clients. 

End of Course Summary