Mindfulness is the process of paying close attention to the present moment in an accepting and non-judgmental way.
Whilst not a magical cure for anything that ails us (as it is sometimes promoted), there is growing evidence that regular mindfulness practice can help improve our psychological health.
There are many ways to embed mindfulness into everyday life. You can mindfully eat, mindfully walk, mindfully breathe, mindfully pat a dog. You get the idea.
One of the more formal ways to learn mindfulness includes regular meditation practice.
Those looking to start a regular meditation practice can consider one of the many apps. I like Waking Up. Smiling Mind is also a good option for those looking for a free solution.
Now Flinders Students have another option!
Chaplain Dave has launched Midday Mindfulness Meditation Sessions, occurring each Wednesday at (you guessed it) midday (12.00pm).
Guided meditations are an excellent way to familiarise yourself with mindfulness practice. Dave is an excellent guide on this journey.
Consistent with social distancing requirements, the meditation sessions are being held in Collaborate, so you can sit back in your own pad but be part of a group engaging in a common meditative goal.
To access the sessions, enrol in the Oasis Online Topic, then scroll down to the Midday Meditation Module.
No need to register. Just rock up and enjoy the uniquely warm internal glow that comes from knowing you are being present in the company of others.
A recorded meditation is also available if you miss the live session.