What is mindfulness? How can I make it part of my day?
“Over several years, I have continued to obtain great benefit from Padraig’s wide range of helpful material – books, articles, online courses, audios, posts. He has the rare ability both to impart kind, compassionate and useful thoughts from his own knowledge and experience AND to summarise in a very practical way the salient points from other teachers and authors. I recommend his work very strongly.”Peter Loschi, Manchester, UK
“I have been to your course, Padraig and I’m reading your books and doing your online courses as well. I’ve found them all to be insightful and delivered with ease. They are definitely changing my outlook on life for the better.”Heather Ogilvie, Northern Ireland
“First of all, I want to say how much I enjoyed listening to you for the 2 hours. It was like an oasis of calm in an often too hectic world.”H.R. from Cork
Anywhere and any time you’ve got an internet connection. And as most of the material is downloadable, you won’t even need an internet connection if you’ve saved it. So you can do it at home, at work (don’t get caught), on the beach, on the moon – wherever you like, morning, noon and night.
You could read each of the 15 lessons in an hour or less but what really matters is to do the mindfulness practices between each lesson and the next. This is how you get to build mindfulness into your life. So the answer really depends on the amount of time you give to the practices (which are fairly short in themselves).
Don’t worry, the course will be there for you when you get back. You can break at any time and come back. You can postpone starting after you’ve bought it. The remains available indefinitely because lots of people have to turn their attention to other issues that crop up.
One: What mindfulness is: Returning
Mindfulness is about returning your attention again and again to what’s going on in the world outside your head. How would I do this and why?
Three: The Stress Cycle
Learn about the stress cycle and how to interrupt it with mindfulness.
Four: Mindfulness of breathing
Experiment with ways to be mindful of your breathing and gain a lifetime resource.
Five: Cycle of Reaction
How mindfulness helps us to replace mindless reactions with mindful responses.
Six: Everyday mindfulness
One third of the way through the course let’s look at how to build mindfulness into your day.
Seven: Mindfulness and thoughts
You don’t have to believe everything your thoughts tell you – mindfulness can help you change your relationship with thinking, for the better.
Eight: Mindfulness and relationships
How mindfulness helps us to take a fresh approach to relationships.
Nine: Mindfulness and the body
Mindfulness of the body is one of the oldest and most valuable mindfulness practices
Ten: Mindfulness of feelings
Feelings are outside our direct control but we need to acknowledge them mindfully while we act in line with our purposes.
Eleven: Mindfulness and eating
Bring awareness to mindless and emotional eating.
Twelve: Mindful Self-compassion
How mindfulness can help you cultivate a sense of self-compassion.
Thirteen: Mindfulness and depression
Mindfulness can cut the risk of relapse into depression by 50 per cent. We can all benefit from a knowledge of how this works.
Fourteen: Science and history
How mindfulness influences the brain and where our modern practice of mindfulness comes from.
Fifteen: Remembering to be mindful
Your mindfulness practice continues beyond the end of this course. Learn some ideas on remembering to be mindful.
You can download and keep the lessons
I have practised mindfulness since the late 1980s, have taught mindfulness throughout Ireland and in London, have demonstrated mindfulness on ITV, RTE and TV3 and have had books on mindfulness published in several countries and languages. I provide public and corporate courses. My latest book is “Daily Calm – 100 daily reminders to help you build the mindfulness habit.” My aim is to make mindfulness easily accessible to people in their everyday lives.