“For men and women alike, this journey is the trajectory between birth and death, a human life lived. No one escapes the adventure. We only work with it differently.”-Jon Kabat-Zinn
The University of Queensland are working with Seachange Lifestyle Resorts to present the Ageing Mind Initiative. A series of short courses, the latest presentation at Seachange Arundel on Monday 7th November was on the fundamentals of mindfulness.
UQ Honours Psychology student Joel gave an enlightening short course presentation on the basic principals of mindfulness, how our residents can practice mindfulness on a daily basis, the benefits of being mindful and some handy tips and tricks to get us through our daily activities in a peaceful way.
Joel taught us that mindfulness is about placing focus and attention on your here and now, facing life with openness, interest and receptiveness. Mindfulness is about experiencing the moment and your surrounds in an accepting and non-judgmental way. This practice allows us to experience emotions and teaches us how to better understand them, while the consistent breathing exercises helps to settle our heart and relax our body.
Presenting to a full room, Joel captivated the audience with the numerous exercises, helping to get each and every resident to be present and mindful throughout the course. Some Arundel residents amazed Joel on their current understanding of mindfulness and the different ways they practice it. One resident spoke of his colour imagination exercise and another resident discussed the notion of re-packaging an ancient concept and making it accessible to the now.
We all lead busy lives, especially the residents at Seachange Arundel. Busy keeping an active mind, body and soul, Arundel residents fill their days with physical, social and educational activities. Joel gave us some wonderful tips and tricks to help practice mindfulness on a daily basis. Some of these helpful ideas taught us how to practice mindfulness while washing up the dishes, walking and cooking.
Finishing up the short course, we were all present in the room and enjoying the moment for what it was. Tea and biscuits and a quick chat with Joel after the morning course helped put everyone in a delightful mood ready to take on whatever the day had in store.