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Mindfulness & Conscious Living

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A presentation on Mindfulness and its benefits. It was presented by Jon Unal for James Cook University in April 2016.

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Mindfulness & Conscious Living

  1. 1.  What is Mindfulness?  Changes and Challenges in our lives  Stress Management  Benefits of Mindfulness  Guided Mindfulness practice  Tips to cultivate Mindfulness OVERVIEW
  2. 2. WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
  3. 3. MIND WANDERING Study of 15,000 people by Matt Killingsworth:  47% of the time we are thinking something else than what we are currently doing  Strong relationship between mind-wandering now and being unhappy a short time later
  4. 4. DEFINITION
  5. 5. WHY DO WE NEED MINDFULNESS?
  6. 6. CHALLENGES  Information overload & fast pace living  Anxiety, stress and burnout  Sleep deprivation & exhaustion
  7. 7. TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES
  8. 8. HOW TO USE TECHNOLOGY BETTER?  Reflect on your usage of technology & acknowledge if you use it too much  Start and end your day mindfully without technology  Connect to people without devices  Technology etiquette in the classroom
  9. 9. MULTITASKING
  10. 10. EFFECTIVE ATTENTION SWITCHING  Research: Our brains can focus on 1 thing at a time  Simple versus Complex Multitasking  Multitasking increases stress, fatigue and reduces performance  Effective attention switching: Doing one thing at a time with full attention and presence
  11. 11. STRESS
  12. 12. STRESS RESPONSE IN THE BRAIN
  13. 13. STRESS MANAGEMENT
  14. 14. BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS Clinical research shows effectiveness of mindfulness in:  Reducing psychological stress, anxiety, depression and pain (Goyal et.al. 2014; Hofmann et.al. 2010)  Enhancing cognitive performance (concentration & memory) & emotional intelligence  Increasing resilience and self-awareness  Improving relationships, happiness & overall
  15. 15. Companies invest in Mindfulness
  16. 16. Video – Mindfulness & Brain
  17. 17. GUIDED MEDITATION
  18. 18. TIPS  Kindness and Compassion  Do what excites you ”I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me”. - Bronnie Ware  Live Fearlessly  Practice Mindfulness
  19. 19. MORE INFORMATION www.consciousbeginnings.com.au www.meetup.com/West-End-Mindfulness-Circle
  20. 20. POEM BY RUMI

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