Some Links to Interviews, Websites and Courses
Mental Health Help:
A free NZ App called Mentemia from John Kirwan for Kiwi’s coping with Covid 19 stresses -
Quick video from Russ Harris on his 9 steps/pointers to F.a.c.e c.o.v.i.d https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmvNCdpHUYM
Another free online NZ resource for helping with mental health challenges during this time, Just a Thought: https://www.justathought.co.nz/
Free online short courses from acclaimed international Universities offer amazing introductory courses that can teach us new skills and clearly deliver valuable information that we can utilize to help ourselves and others. Check out Futurlearn's Psychology & Mental Health Courses page at https://www.futurelearn.com/subjects/psychology-and-mental-health-courses
Nigel Latta: 'We Must Teach Mindfulness to all our kids'
This Radio NZ interview with the popular psychologist relates to his August 2018 TV series The Curious Mind. https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018659751/nigel-latta-we-must-teach-mindfulness-to-all-kids
Netflix Movie: 2019 The Mind Explained https://www.netflix.com/nz/title/81098586 episode 4 "Mindfulness" is a good over-view of much of what we covered on the 8 week course.
A new vocabulary for feeling what is present in the moment?
This is a link to a Radio NZ interview from Feb 16 2017 called Untranslatable Emotions with Dr Tim Lomas, a psychologist from the University of East London. He has been collecting words from world languages that describe emotions and human sensations that we do not seem to have words for in the English language.
The meeting of East and West in the Mindfulness movement has produced many new words and introduced some ancient ones from other cultures. The modern academic study of Positive Psychology reveals the value of having many words to aid us in accessing, generating and sharing our present-moment states. Thls headline link is to his website where you can add to his growing lexicon of words that we can use to help us build well-being in our lives.
What is Happiness?
Another Radio NZ interview from October 2019 looking at the science of happiness from a Yale university professor (links to related course and podcast are below). https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018714333/what-science-can-teach-us-about-happiness
Hine Ora, Whai Ora
The NZ Mindfulness Education Group says that for Maori, mindfulness practices for healing and well-being enhance the connection to Te Ao Wairua (the spiritual world) and Te Ao Turoa (the natural world).
Above is a link to their Maori Perspective page that gives a brief introduction to these ideas and includes a Waiata.
Visit Facebook to view this video on mindfulness at Kaiti School.
Te Wiki o te Reo Maori
See the Mindfulness Education Group's Free Resources page to hear this recording of their Soft Belly guided meditation for primary school students made in te reo Maori.
The Mindfulness Education Group, NZ is a newly established organisation that grew out of the work of Grant and Natasha Rix who were employed by the NZ Mental Health Foundation to create the Pause, Breath, Smile (PBS) training programme for researching and teaching mindfulness in our primary schools. Visit this site (in header above) to check-out their excellent parent and school Free Resources.
Mindfulness Training for your Primary School
A really exciting new initiative that brings together in NZ for the first time mindfulness research, public seminars, support, contact for schools and offers a training framework for PBS facilitators. Check out their website to find out more about this training for your school.
The Auckland Primary School that Teaches Children Mindfulness
Some Recommended Mindfulness Training Courses
Breathe: A NZ Online Mindfulness course with Grant Rix for only $79 + GST
Yale University free online course on Well-Being and Happiness https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being
The Happiness Lab Pod Cast by Dr Laurie Santos Yale University
Monash University, Australia, free online Mindfulness courses
Palouse Mindfulness. USA. Free 8 week Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course