Demystifying Mindfulness
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Discover how mindfulness works – its scientific underpinnings, and the details of its practise – with this online mindfulness course from Leiden University.

Experience mindfulness for yourself, and learn whether it really works

Interest in meditation, mindfulness, and contemplation has grown rapidly in recent years. These practises are increasingly being seen as scientifically and psychologically valid forms of therapy.
As new evidence from neuroscience backs up the claims for mindfulness’ value, it is now being adopted by practitioners as a tool for therapy, and by big business as a ‘lifestyle choice’.
But what is mindfulness? And how exactly does it work? On this course you’ll explore the academic underpinnings of mindfulness – stripping away its ‘mystery’ once and for all.

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By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe popular conceptions and misconceptions about mindfulness
  • Interpret your own experiences of mindfulness practices
  • Evaluate the social and political significance of mindfulness
  • Compare different psychological and therapeutic approaches to mindfulness

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Psychology of Mindfulness
  • Philosophy of Mindfulness
  • Politics of Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness and Trauma & Social Justice
  • Mindfulness and Nature & Land
  • Mindfulness into the Future
  • Volunteer Project


Chris Goto-Jones
Educated in Cambridge and Oxford Universities, Chris is Dean of Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Victoria, previously at Leiden. He is a fully trained mindfulness therapist.


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Universiteit Leiden
Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty.



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