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Demystifying Mindfulness

Leiden University via FutureLearn

Overview

Experience mindfulness for yourself, and learn whether it really works

Interest in meditation, mindfulness, and contemplation has grown rapidly in recent years. These practises are increasingly being seen as scientifically and psychologically valid forms of therapy.

As new evidence from neuroscience backs up the claims for mindfulness’ value, it is now being adopted by practitioners as a tool for therapy, and by big business as a ‘lifestyle choice’.

But what is mindfulness? And how exactly does it work? On this course you’ll explore the academic underpinnings of mindfulness – stripping away its ‘mystery’ once and for all.

This course is for mindfulness beginners and professionals, academics and non-academics. If you’re interested in mindfulness – whatever the level – you’ll enjoy discovering its academic underpinnings, allowing you to judge for yourselves and examine sources.

Syllabus

  • Introduction to Mindfulness
    • Introduction to the team and your class
    • Theory: introduction to Mindfulness
    • Practice: Meditation Lab (Experiental Learning)
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge I: Meet Willem Kuyken, Oxford Mindfulness Centre
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge I: Meet Stephen Batchelor, Bodhi College
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge I: Meet Dawn Scott, Spirit Rock & Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge I: Sydney Spears, University of Kansas
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge I: Meet Elizabeth Stanley, Georgetown University
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge I: Meet Susan Woods (Centre for Mindfulness Studies) & Patricia Rockman (University of Toronto)
  • Psychology of/& Mindfulness
    • Theory: Psychology of/& Mindfulness
    • Practice: Meditation Lab (Experiential learning)
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge II: Meet Willem Kuyken, Oxford Mindfulness Centre
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge II: Stephen Batchelor, Bodhi college
  • Philosophy of/& Mindfulness
    • Theory: Philosophy of/& Mindfulness
    • Practice: Meditation Lab (Experiential Learning)
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge III: Meet Willem Kuyken, Oxford Mindfulness Centre
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge III: Meet Stephen Batchelor, Bodhi College
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge III: Meet Sydney Spears, University of Kansas
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge III: Meet Elisabeth Stanley, Georgetown University
  • Politics of/& Mindfulness
    • Theory: Politics of/& Mindfulness
    • Practice: Meditation Lab (Experiential Learning)
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge IV: Meet Willem Kuyken, Oxford Mindfulness Centre
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge IV: Meet Stephen Batchelor, Bodhi College
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge IV: Meet Elisabeth Stanley, Georgetown University
  • Extra 2021: Mindfulness and Trauma & Social Justice
    • Theory: Justice & Trauma
    • Socially Engaged Mindfulness
    • Practice: Mindfulness Lab (Experiential Learning)
    • Deepening your knowledge V: Meet Dawn Scott, Spirit Rock & the Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies
    • Deepening your knowledge V: Meet Sydney Spears, University of Kansas
    • Deepening your knowledge V: Meet Elizabeth Stanley, Georgetown University
    • Deepening your knowledge V: Meet Susan Woods & Patricia Rockman
    • Deepening your knowledge V: Meet Jeff Corntassel, University of Victoria
    • Consolidate your learning: (re)reading
  • Extra 2021: Nature & Land and Mindfulness
    • Theory: Nature & Land
    • Practice: Mindfulness Lab (Experiential Learning)
    • Deepening your knowledge VI: Meet Dawn Scott, Spirit Rock & the Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies
    • Deepening your knowledge VI: Meet Jeff Corntassel, University of Victoria
    • The Mindful Garden project, Leiden University
    • Consolidate your knowledge: (re) reading
  • Mindfulness into the Future
    • Theory: The Art of teaching Mindfulness
    • Theory: Mindfulness and Movement
    • Theory: Mindfulness and Despair
    • Practice: Meditation Lab (Experiential Learning)
    • The dana box
    • Extra: Deepening your knowledge: Parting advice from our guests.
  • Extra: Volunteer Project: Innovating mindfulness
    • Innovating Mindfulness
    • Project Gallery
    • Your Project

Taught by

Chris Goto-Jones

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4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 149 ratings

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I'm halfway through the 6 weeks course. It is very rich and well structured. It has been few years now since I'm interested in mindfulness. However this course surpass everything I have seen or attended before. It summarize both theoretical and practical...
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    Ioio
    Amazing course and amazing instructor. He problematizes different facets of mindfulness very nicely. He doesn't give definite answers or definitions,he just presents mindfulness from a lot of perspectives and lets you choose yourself what to believe. The labs are also very useful. I still use some recordings from there to this day, after almost 2 months after finishing the course. I highly recommend it.

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