Foundations in Mindfulness: Goals and Automaticity

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July 5, 2022 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. AEST

Join Dylan James in this second session of the three part series about finding your inner calm and tranquility. The Foundations in Mindfulness program is designed to walk you through everything you need, to fully understand mindfulness and experience the profound effects it can have on your life.


The Why
An excessive focus on the future is perhaps one of the most common obstacles in the cultivation of mindful awareness. The default mode for many people is a “doing mode|” that is constantly focused on reaching present and future goals and the future. In this session, mindfulness is introduced as the key to finding a balance between being in the present moment and planning for the future. Participants will experience the pitfalls of an excessive focus on the future and explore the benefits of a grateful relationship with the present moment.

Theory and Background
Past research findings suggest that a focus on the future is fundamental to well-being and positive functioning (Kahana & Kahana, 1983; Wills et al., 2001; Zaleski et al., 2001). Moreover, goals can serve as an essential ingredient necessary for effective task performance, as they can enhance planning, motivation, confidence, and well-being (Manderlink & Harackiewicz, 1984; McGregor & Little, 1998). These findings support the idea that it is important to set goals and focus on the future. However, while research has shown that insufficient attention to goals can have a negative effect on well-being, so does an excessive focus on goals. Optimal goal pursuit seems to be a matter of balanced attention. Hence, in the following sections, we discuss the processes and causes underlying insufficient attention, excessive attention, and a balanced amount of attention to goals.

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About Dylan James
Dylan is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Strategic Psychotherapist from Melbourne Australia. After a successful career in the Performing Arts and Fitness, Dylan began his journey into behavioural science with Yoga and Meditation, completing his 200hr Yoga Teacher Training from Yoga Union, Ubud. Deepening his study into the subconscious mind, Dylan went on to complete his Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Strategic Psychotherapy from the Institute of Applied Psychology He is currently a research assistant with the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education looking aspects of self-determination theory (SDT) in older adults in aged care. He is currently a research assistant with the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education looking aspects of self-determination theory (SDT) in older adults in aged care.


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