Day One

Day 1: Dr Elise Bialylew interviews David Creswell

The science of meditation, stress and resilience

Video Objectives

In this video you’ll learn:

  • How mindfulness can support our resilience
  • What are the stress resilience pathways and how does mindfulness work to reduce the impact of stress 
  • The most important aspect of mindfulness  that support maximum beneficial effects
  • What is equanimity and how can we create more emotional balance
About David Creswell

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Welcome to day one

During this time of worldwide suffering, uncertainty and change, self-care is more important than ever. 

Although we can’t control external stresses, with meditation, which is a form of mental training, we can build greater inner resilience to support us through difficult times. We need to cultivate a sense of  wellbeing that is not only present for us in the good times, but can be accessible even in life’s more challenging moments.

Mindfulness as a powerful tool that can help us upgrade our inner technology to cope more effectively with our increasingly complex world. 

It is a practice that strengthens our awareness and involves training ourselves to be fully attentive to what is occurring in the present moment with a curious, patient and non-judgemental attitude. This allows us to meet our experience with greater wisdom, clarity and calm. 

To train our attention, we often start with practising body and breath meditations. By becoming tuned in to the physical sensations that arise in each moment inside our bodies, we not only relax but become more grounded as our attention is brought into the present moment - the “here and now".  

Our body and breath are always with us, accessible anywhere and at any time, so they’re great anchors and starting points from which to deepen our relaxation, focus and stability of attention. 

During this month, your mind will continuously pull your attention here and there (that’s why, in meditation circles, it's often called the “monkey mind”) but with regular practice, you’ll become more skilled at noticing this before the thoughts manage to hijack you. 

The idea is to become the master of your mind rather than a slave to the many unnecessary activities of the mind that do not serve you well.

Most importantly, I invite you to leave all judgements at the door as you launch into this program. It’s normal to feel critical of your experience when it doesn’t meet your expectations, but just remember to bring a gentle and patient approach to your practice, as each day, you’ll have the opportunity to move forward and begin again.  

Over this month together, we invite you to commit to a minimum of 10 mins a day of meditation.

Our research, in collaboration with Monash University, has shown that participants who committed to 10 mins a day over the month of May, had significant measurable benefits in their lives.

I look forward to sharing this transformative month with you! 

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If you’re not on social media, perhaps you have a meditation buddy you can chat with about what you learned today, or write it down in your journal.

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