Mindfulness training is a tool that can help clear the mind, allowing an individual to achieve well-being no matter what life throws at them and Murdoch University is giving people the chance to master this technique, for free.
Murdoch PhD candidate Patrick Jones is a trained clinical psychologist who has been teaching mindfulness training for the last 10 years.
“Mindfulness training teaches us to get our minds clear and our emotions untroubled,” Mr Jones said.
“We can learn to watch our thoughts and emotions without them affecting our quality of life.
“If you can master this technique you can experience a sense of well-being that is outside of how our life is going – good or bad.”
As part of his PhD research, Mr Jones is evaluating the effectiveness of a program he has developed, the Mindfulness-Based Quality of Life and Wellbeing Enhancement Program. He is also evaluating which type of learning – a two-day program, a two-hour program over six weeks, or a home study program is most effective.
Mr Jones’ mindfulness program follows three steps. Participants first learn skills and concentration techniques that allow them to quiet the mind and open up to emotions.
The second step gives them the practical skills to apply mindfulness to the five major areas of life: relationships, work, money, health and leisure.
“Often people become attached to needing things to be a certain way in life and when these things are threatened they feel bad,” Mr Jones said.
“Through my program I teach them to let go of their attachment and life automatically starts to work better for them.”
The third step in the program is learning to find an inner core of well-being that is neither caused by nor affected by external circumstances.
“People might be surprised to find that research has consistently found that 80 per cent of well-being and quality of life comes from the internal mental factor and only 20 per cent from the five big external factors, relationships, work, money, health and leisure.”
Mr Jones is looking for people 18 years or over to participate in his free Program. Once selected participants will be placed into different groups, experiencing the training over different time periods and circumstances.