Mindfulness, Memory & Neuroplasticity

Nellie ClarkTutor: Nellie Clark

Monday, 1 pm – 2.30 pm – Woodend Campus

New members for 2018, please contact Nellie –

07 3201 8494


PLEASE NOTE:   Nellie will be overseas for several weeks in Term 3.  During her absence Di Dickensen will lead the Mindfulness group.  


Q. What is ‘mindfulness?’

A. the short answer is ‘awareness’

Most of us have been using this attribute since we first began to see and/or to hear, if you have studied the subject of Memory you will have learned the importance of awareness [mindfulness] in our day to day lives.

In this class we practice a variety of mindfulness exercises that we are able to use in our everyday lives, thus we learn to develop a very useful skill that we will be able to call on in times of need. By owning such a skill we will often amaze our selves when we realise how much we know and understand, i.e. what we can, now, actually learn and remember.

This class can be said to be about YOU, about meeting YOURSELF , getting to know and liking yourself.

During the first month I will be introducing the subject and some of its uses. We will also be practicing some of the exercises.

Beginning in march we will be studying from ‘The Happiness Trap’ by Russell Harris, and deciphering the title. This book includes sections on delusions, conquering urges, conquering fear, over-coming failures, values, panic attacks, rejection, etc. etc,

In their publication ‘Mindfulness for Life’, Dr Stephen Mckenzie and Dr Craig Hassed, two experts and researchers in mind/body medicine have used these words…..

‘..mindfulness is the practice of paying attention, knowing where your attention is and being able to choose where to direct it. …’

‘Mindfulness can give us back what we might think we have lost….ourselves’.

They discuss self-actualisation, neuroplasticity, emotional intelligence, dementia, etc.

I am very thankful that I have become involved with this subject. Since I experienced the completion of my first course with Queensland Health, I have seen changes that could be described as miracles, and it has made such a difference to me that I believe it should be included in all education programmes.

P.S. This is not a support group, our discussions will centre on our experiences of the exercises, and the various aspects of mindfulness; apart from these discussions personal revelations will be discouraged. This is partly because I am a volunteer tutor with no authority to insist on total discretion outside the classroom.