4 min video: What is Mindfulness?

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.  

Key tips:

  • 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 exercise try a different one. Every person is different, and you may find some mindfulness exercises easier than others.

Learn more about the health benefits of meditation and being mindful.

6 min video: The Science Behind Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness sessions

Mindfulness sessions

Experiential mindfulness sessions run in person or from a distance on Monday, Thursday, and Friday.

The groups are for University of Tasmania undergraduate and postgraduate students who would like to build or practice mindfulness skills and connect with others.  The Monday sessions are also open to UTAS staff.

Monday Mindfulness

Mondays 12.00-12.30 pm

Sessions run weekly (excluding all Northern Tasmanian public holidays)

Mid-Week Mindfulness

Thursdays 12:30-1:15pm

Sessions run weekly from March 2023 (excluding Southern Tasmanian public holidays)

Friday Mindfulness

Fridays 2:00-2:45pm

Sessions run weekly (excluding Southern Tasmanian public holidays)

  • Facilitator: Suna D’Eye, UTAS Counsellor 
  • Contact: suna.deye@utas.edu.au 
  • Location: Level 2, 42 Melville St, Hobart CBD
  • No need to book.

***For any technology or access issues, please contact UTAS IT on 03 6226 2600***

3 min video: Why Mindfulness is a Superpower

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?

The sessions are drop-in so participants can attend any session. Participants are encouraged to attend multiple sessions to benefit from the exercises, build connections and continue developing skills.

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:

Mindfulness with Suna

10 min video

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.

Medibank also have live and recorded morning mindfulness sessions with Emily Toner (Clinical Psychologist) on Facebook that you can access anytime.

Other ways to practice Mindfulness

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.

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