Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and without judgment. It is about learning to focus your attention when your mind is distracted and bringing that attitude of awareness into daily life. The goal of mindfulness is not to clear your mind or even to feel better or less stressed, although this might be an outcome for some people. Instead it is about striving to act and behave intentionally in the present moment, rather than reacting or running on autopilot.
Becoming more mindful involves training your brain, so, like most things you learn, it can take time. Be patient. Also, see below for tips on how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine.
- Don't expect to be able to hold your focus for very long, especially when you're just getting started.
- It's completely normal for your thoughts to wander.
- The goal isn't to have a totally 'blank' mind; it's more about noticing and gently guiding your mind back when your thoughts do wander.
- The more you practice mindfulness, the better you'll become at it.
- If you're struggling with a particular strategy, try a different one. Every person is different, and you may find some strategies easier than others.
Learn more about the health benefits of meditation and being mindful.
There are experiential mindfulness sessions being run that you can join from a distance.
The groups are for University of Tasmania undergraduate and postgraduate students who would like to build or practice mindfulness skills and connect with others.
Mondays 12.00-12.30 pm
*The last session for 2020 will be 23rd November. Sessions will recommence 1st February 2021*
- Facilitator: Dr David Lees, Lecturer, School of Nursing
- Contact: email@example.com
- Click to join the Zoom session
Thursdays 12:30-1.15 pm &
Fridays 2.00-2.45 pm
*The last session for 2020 will be 27th November. Sessions will recommence 25th February 2021*
- Facilitator: Suna D’Eye, UTAS Counsellor
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit AppointmentHub wellbeing events to register your attendance and find out more.
- Click to join the Zoom session
What do I do in these sessions?
Each week you will be guided through a different exercise using your senses, to help develop the skills to pay attention to the present moment.
What if I can’t make it to all of the sessions?
Participants are encouraged to attend each week to benefit from the exercises, build connections and continue developing skills. If you cannot make all sessions you are still encouraged to come along where possible.
What do you think of the sessions?
We value your feedback. Please let us know how you have found the drop-in sessions by completing our anonymous survey:
I want to learn more about Mindfulness, and practice at other times of the day.
Mindfulness Australasia offers free mindfulness courses to people living in Tasmania. You can register by visiting their website. They also have casual drop-in sessions available on their Facebook page.
Medibank also have daily recorded morning mindfulness sessions with Emily Toner (Clinical Psychologist) on Facebook that you can access anytime.
Other ways to practice Mindfulness
There are many different activities that you can do, to help you to practice and use mindfulness in your everyday life.