Conversation 4: Mindfulness & Being Present

Introducing Being Present

Introduction to Being Present– a recording of Julian McNally (1:14 min) 

(Introduction to Being Present by RMIT Counselling and Psychological Services, Six ACT* Conversations, RMIT University is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Welcome to Conversation 4 of Six ACT Conversations – a program from RMIT University Counselling Service designed to help you live a balanced and fulfilling life while completing your program of study.

The program uses concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – or ACT for short. But it is not meant to take the place of counselling, psychotherapy or mental health treatment. Although you can use the program in any sequence you wish, you should read the about this resource section before starting.

This part, Mindfulness & Being Present, will have the smallest amount of discussion material of any of the six part. And the reason for that is simple – mindfulness is something to do, rather than something to understand – so for most of this conversation I will be asking you to practise exercises in real time.

Rocks and stones found at the beach placed one on top of the other
Photo by Nick Page on Unsplash

At the start or the end of each exercise, I’ll say a little about how, when and why you should practise each one. As I’ve mentioned so often in the other conversations of this program, it’s more important that you do and experience these skills and exercises than that you just know about or understand them.



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