Mindfulness is a type of meditation that develops the skill of consciously bringing awareness to body and mind, here and now. This gentle, receptive and compassionate awareness helps in noticing how the body is feeling ,what thoughts are doing and letting go of stressful reflections that dwell on the past or anxiety about the future. Research in universities around the world indicates that the regular practice of mindfulness can reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression, improve resilience and alleviate pain.
Meet our team
BA (Hons) Sydney University, AMRA
Chris has studied and practiced mindfulness and meditation since 2005 and has led the mindfulness program at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse since 2014. He has trained with OpenGround Australia and the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia and undertakes ongoing professional development in Australia and overseas.
His research interests at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse include the application of online mindfulness in supportive care and in pain management.
Chris has a special interest in the use of mindfulness for anxiety, stress, pain management and other health conditions. His previous work at Arthritis Australia has led to an understanding and empathy for people managing chronic illness and a focus on providing practical, evidence-based solutions, particularly through online programs.
Chris leads group classes and private sessions by appointment for our patients who wish to learn mindfulness practices and how to apply them in managing disease and treatment symptoms. His focus is on helping patients develop mindfulness skills to work with troubling thoughts, emotions and body sensations.
BA (Hons) University of California, Berkeley
At Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Sherre DeLys’ focus is to help patients and their carers learn mindfulness skills as a source of inner resilience and refuge.
Sherre trained to teach mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn and other pioneering teachers from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, UMass Medical School, and Openground Training. Her PhD research explores how mindfulness can help individuals to tolerate the unknown, and even to thrive in the face of uncertainty.
Also a multi-award winning artist whose creative projects use mindfulness to connect art and health, Sherre has provided mindfulness consultancy for organisations including UNSW felt Experience & Empathy Lab, where psychologists and art specialists work together developing mental health interventions that can be provided outside of the health sector. She’s created two documentary series exploring mindfulness for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and she designs and leads courses in mindful leadership and mindful creative practice for RMIT University and Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in the US.
She engages in ongoing mindfulness professional development, including Compassion Cultivation Training at The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University School of Medicine and regular mindfulness retreats and workshops in the US, Australia and Asia.
Mindfulness begins right where you are – sitting comfortably in a chair or lying on the floor. Attention is focused on something immediate and obvious such like as natural body sensations or the flow of breath. Throughout the session, your instructor will guide your attention so that you become aware of different aspects of your body and immediate environment such as, the sensation of your feet resting on the floor or the weight of your body on the chair.
Music used in mindfulness will be available for you so that you are able to practice at home and learn to develop presence and ease of mind in everyday activities like walking or eating. We encourage everyone learning mindfulness to choose how far you wish to engage with the practice.
Research studies around the world have shown that mindfulness can assist you to feel, less stressed, less anxious and more able to manage your life effectively. Some people feel that it reduces their pain levels too.
It’s important to understand that the benefits of meditation are not usually instantaneous. It takes a while to get used to the idea of mindfulness, and to learn how to do it well. Many people who see the positive impacts of meditation are inspired to make it part of their lifestyle, long-term.
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