Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing on the present moment and accepting your thoughts, feelings and surroundings. It can be useful to enhance your academic performance and reduce stress and anxiety. We have a strong mindfulness community here at Curtin, managed by Counselling Services.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is designed to gain greater awareness and psychological flexibility. In mindfulness meditation we gently bring attention to our experience. And by being present in this way, not forcing things or hiding from them, actually being with them we create space and new ways of responding to unwanted or uncomfortable situations. We may not always have control of our lives, but we can work with our mind training it to cope better with the challenges of our lives.

Scientific research has shown how useful the mindfulness techniques are for academic performance, reducing stress, anxiety and depression as well as help people managing a wide range of physical conditions. But mindfulness isn’t useful just if you are feeling stressed or ill. It can help any of us enjoy a more helpful or happier life.

Jon Kabat-Zinn defines Mindfulness as “… paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”

Curtin's mindfulness community

Here are some ways you can interact with others interested in mindfulness and become part of the growing mindfulness-based community.

  • Mindfulness Facebook group
    An online mindfulness community at Curtin. You must be a Curtin student or staff member to join. Please identify yourself as Curtin staff or student via message or email r.gerlach@curtin.edu.au
  • Mindfulness newsletter
    The monthly newsletter is a great way of staying connected and updated with programs, workshops, screening events, resources and relevant links.
  • Mindfulness YouTube channel
    This channel compiles documentaries, videos and talks around mindfulness, brain research, neuroplasticity, live stream videos, and other related aspects.
  • Mindfulness Soundcloud
    This account contains our mindfulness meditations and recorded live stream sessions.

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Mindfulness resources

We’ve listed a range of apps, books, guided meditations, videos and more to help you on your journey to mindfulness.

See mindfulness resources

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Mindfulness programs

We offer a range of mindfulness programs and groups throughout the year, both in person and online:

Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT) for Depression and Anxiety

Mindfulness and Compassion webinar

Mindfulness and Self Compassion

Lunchtime meditations

Day of Mindfulness