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Learn mindfulness with online courses and programs

When your thoughts are reflective of the present moment, you’re engaging in mindfulness. The mindfulness practice uses Buddhist meditation teachings to help relieve stress, process trauma, and encourage self-compassion. Develop your skills with edX.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a meditation practice that focuses on what is happening in the here and now. It takes an individual’s thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and environment into account without judgment. Some of the ways you can be more mindful include:

  • Focusing your attention to anchor yourself in the present. 

  • Being compassionate toward yourself in challenging situations.

  • Paying attention to your breath to stay grounded in the moment.

  • Scanning your body to promote body awareness and relaxation.

  • Training your mind through meditation.

Practicing mindfulness can make you more resilient, which can be an asset inside as well as outside of the workplace. It can also enhance your decision-making and critical thinking skills and reduce your overall stress. You can reach a new state of mind with mindfulness courses on edX.

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Mindfulness course curriculum

Learning mindfulness can lead to personal and professional benefits. Tap into research-based strategies for building resilience and handling stress in healthy and productive ways with edX courses. Explore various aspects of mindfulness, such as:

  • Developing awareness of thoughts, feelings, and emotions without judgment

  • Implementing mindfulness programs in workplace settings

  • Leveraging healthy stress for success

  • Building resilience to stress

  • Cultivating mindfulness within yourself and your organization

You may also supplement your learning with meditation sessions or breathing exercises. By applying mindfulness techniques to different situations, you can increase your resilience and better manage yourself and others.

edX offers online courses that allow learners to study a variety of topics including mindfulness, business management, and much more. ‌Sign up for an accelerated boot camp or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals.

Explore jobs that benefit from mindfulness

Developing a mindfulness practice can be helpful in many situations, including workplace scenarios. Individuals who work in particularly stressful environments or hold high-pressure positions can use mindfulness skills to improve relationships and outcomes. Those roles may include:

  • Nurse: Can use mindfulness to manage stress, enhance patient care, and make critical decisions under pressure.Footnote 1

  • Elementary school teacher: Can use mindfulness to improve classroom management, student engagement, and the overall learning experience.Footnote 2

  • Chief executive officer (CEO): Can use mindfulness to improve decision-making, enhance emotional intelligence, and foster a positive work culture.Footnote 3

  • Entrepreneur: Can use mindfulness to stay resilient in the face of challenges and make strategic decisions with clarity.Footnote 4

  • Lawyer: Can use mindfulness to reduce stress, improve focus during legal proceedings, and enhance client relationships.Footnote 5

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. For example, some employers may seek candidates with a degree in education or business, depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.

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