Mindfulness made simple

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Mindfulness is a rich but often confusing subject. It is both a Buddhist practice and a psychological therapy derived from it. In Buddhism, to be mindful means to focus on what you are doing, thinking or feeling in order to understand and evaluate it. In psychology however the emphasis is on adopting a non-reactive, accepting, ‘just watching’ attitude towards present moment experience. It aims for serenity through detachment.

Both approaches rely on the same standard meditation practice, but we don’t have to meditate to be mindful. We can shift from automatic, reactive behaviour into full consciousness in a flash, and often do so.

The notes include Eric Harrison’s translation of the superb original text The Four Foundations of Mindfulness. In this text, the Buddha describes how to systematically observe ones' body, thoughts, emotions and behaviour as the ‘foundation’ for a conscious life. Kate will map out this territory, place it in the context of modern brain science and help you make it your own.

Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended.

This course will be held at The University Club of Western Australia.

Lunch will be provided and is included in the cost.

If you have any special dietary requirements please email our staff on info@universityclub.uwa.edu.au as soon as possible once you have booked. Your early notice is appreciated and assists us in meeting your dietary requirements.