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De-Mystifying Mindfulness

Interest in meditation, mindfulness, and contemplation has grown exponentially in recent years. Rather than being seen as mystical practices from ancient Buddhism or esoteric philosophy, they are increasingly seen as technologies rooted in evidence from psychology and neuroscience. Mindfulness has become the basis for numerous therapeutic interventions, both as a treatment in healthcare and as a means of enhancing well-being and happiness. For millions around the world, mindfulness has become a life-style choice, enhancing and enriching everyday experience. Mindfulness is big business. But, what actually is mindfulness? Is it really good for you? Can anyone learn it? How can you recognize charlatans? Would you want to live in a mindful society, and would it smell like sandalwood? What does it feel like to be mindful? Are you mindful already, and how would you know? Evolving from the popular Honours Academy course at Leiden University, this innovative course combines conventional scholarly inquiry from multiple disciplines (ranging from psychology, through philosophy, to politics) with experiential learning (including specially designed ‘meditation labs,’ in which you’ll get chance to practice and analyze mindfulness on yourself). In the end, the course aims to provide a responsible, comprehensive, and inclusive education about (and in) mindfulness as a contemporary phenomenon. During the production of this course, we have been supported by Willem Kuyken, Director of the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and Stephen Batchelor, co-founder of Bodhi College. And we gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by Mark Williams, co-developer of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Rebecca Crane, Director of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor.

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Rating 4.7 based on 260 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 5 Weeks, 7 modules incl Honours project, approx 3 hours per week, suggested 30-45 minutes per day for experiential practices.
Starts Apr 29 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $30
From Universiteit Leiden via Coursera
Instructor Chris Goto-Jones
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Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Personal Development Philosophy

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really enjoyed in 11 reviews

I really enjoyed the course.

Thank you An excellent course - I really enjoyed it, thank you!

really enjoyed this course through and through.

I really enjoyed this class and the history of Mindfulness that was taught.

I really enjoyed the combination of videos, assignments, forum discussions and peer reviews.

The course is well designed to engage with the virtual learners throughout the five weeks; In fact this is my first MOOC training and that too on a philosophical topic, but I really enjoyed the course and have recommended to my colleagues.

Really enjoyed this course.

I really enjoyed the course, even though I was familiar with Mindfulness.

so much in 10 reviews

So much dedication was in place to produce this, the quality is top notch.

I enjoyed it so much I may take this class again!

So much useful material.

thank you so much!

Learned so much in what initially seemed daunting but what turned out to be a relatively short amount of time!

I like it so much that I would have no hesitation to be a mentor in this class to help attendees in learning mindfulness.

This course has greatly enriched my life and helped me so much to find greater peace and gratitude in my life.

Thank you so much!!!

highly recommend in 9 reviews

Highly recommend!

i would highly recommend it to others and i do!

Highly recommend it for everyone :-) with no way to contact a mentor I struggled in a few of the labs.

Would highly recommend it on both an intellectual and practical basis.

I highly recommend that if you have no idea what mindfulness is or if you think that you do, take the course and receive or add more value.

A really great course, combines perfectly theory and practice.Highly recommended !

I highly recommend it!

chris goto-jones in 7 reviews

This is thanks to Chris Goto-Jones who has a very inspiring way of speech.

I will miss Chris Goto-Jones and his wise lectures and I therefore finish this course, with a twinge of sadness as well as joy for having been part of this magnificent experience.

Massive thanks to the instructors and in specific to Chris Goto-Jones for their patients and efforts in putting this course tog A wonderful and challenging course about mindfulness, its aims and its origins.

Hats off to Chris Goto-jones and the entire team for coming up with this Great Course that is sure to uplifts the humanity.

This course does what the title says, with animated well spoken Chris Goto-Jones, it was a pleasure learning from him, a glowing example of practicing what he preaches.

Chris Goto-Jones delivers the material in a clear and concise manner.

The course is very well built, Chris Goto-Jones is a fantastic lecturer, and his content is both engaging and relevant.

recommend this course in 6 reviews

It helped me being focused, exploring my own desires, and making progress in manifesting them... i loved this course, it is very interesting and helped me to understand more about my biases with the mindfulness Thanks great course with lots to think about and deepening our insight I highly recommend this Course to understand and practice Mindfulness.

I do recommend this course for anyone wanting a multi-dimensional understanding, both academic and hands-on, of what mindfulness is and what it can be used for.

I would recommend this course to anyone who is curious about mindfulness meditation, and anyone who had a practice in the past, which may have lapsed for any reason.

I would not recommend this course though to people with a lot of knowledge already about mindfulness.

I highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in mindfulness, either academically or to practice.

I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone.

my life in 6 reviews

Thank you, you have improved my life and those around me.

Is not all happiness The course is changing my life...

This course was very enjoyable in learning what mindfulness was to me and better ways to become more mindful in my life.

After about eight years of collage I can finally say I have taken a class that has quantitatively changed my life.

This course had a positive impact on my overall ability to be mindful and present in my life.

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Rating 4.7 based on 260 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 5 Weeks, 7 modules incl Honours project, approx 3 hours per week, suggested 30-45 minutes per day for experiential practices.
Starts Apr 29 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $30
From Universiteit Leiden via Coursera
Instructor Chris Goto-Jones
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Personal Development Philosophy

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