Medical Doctor Craig Hassed does not own a mobile phone. Never has. Craig is an Associate Professor in General Practice and is Australia’s leading expert in the science and practice of mindfulness. He has written 13 books related to mindfulness (see below), featured in the documentary ‘The Connection’ and regularly presents locally and internationally. Craig also introduced meditation into the medical curriculum at Monash University as an examinable subject. He changed the lives of the New Normal Project's Claire and Andrew Davies after he first appeared on their radar nearly 5 years ago.
Craig was a teenager, dealing with the impending stress of a swimming race a few weeks away, when he was struck by a thought. ‘What if I just stopping thinking about this event in the future that’s causing me so much angst, and just be here. In this moment?’ This moment of profound insight provided Craig with his first experience of how being in the present, rather than the past or future, can immensely improve the experience of living. Of being human. And it kicked off a career in demonstrating to others just how mindfulness can improve the quality of their lives; something that will no doubt be a lasting legacy to thousands of people, including us here at the new Normal Project.
In this interview we hear more about Craig’s own path to discovering mindfulness plus stories of others who have benefited from starting a regular meditation practice.
Whilst most of us think of meditation as being a single practice once or twice a day, Craig describes how the informal practice of being in the moment enhances the overall quality of our lives rather than constantly worrying about the sabre tooth tiger in our minds. He gives advice about technology and how to ensure that we remain its master rather than the other way around.
There are many ways to connect with Dr Craig Hassed. His books are listed below and we recommend “Mindfulness for Life” and “The Essence of Health” as our favourites. He also runs a free on-line course via a collaboration between Monash University and Future Learn called “Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance” (see below)
Other resources mentioned in this episode:
Craig Hassed’s website http://www.med.monash.edu.au/general-practice/staff-students/hassed.html
Books Craig Hassed has authored or co-authored:
- “New Frontiers in Medicine” (Volumes 1 and 2)
- “Know Thyself” on mindfulness-based stress management
- “The Essence of Health” on the lifestyle approach to health and chronic illness
- A textbook co-authored with Kerryn Phelps, “General Practice: the integrative approach”
- A book written with Stephen McKenzie, “Mindfulness for Life”
- A book written with Richard Chambers, “Mindful Learning” on the role of mindfulness in education
- "Playing the genetic hand life dealt you" on epigenetics
- "The Mindful Home", written with Deirdre Hassed
- A book written with Patricia Dobkin, “Mindful Medical Practitioners” on the role of mindfulness in medical education
- “Illuminating Wisdom”, a book of calligraphic art written with Deirdre Hassed
- “The Freedom Trap” exploring different perspectives on freedom
Monash University Mindfulness http://www.monash.edu/health/mindfulness
Smiling Mind (meditation app) https://smilingmind.com.au/
Headspace (meditation app) https://www.headspace.com/
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness-based_stress_reduction
Jon Kabat-Zinn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Kabat-Zinn
Future Learn Mindfulness Course https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/mindfulness-wellbeing-performance
The Connection (documentary) https://theconnection.tv/
The Whole Health Life (book authored by Shannon Harvey) https://www.thewholehealthlife.com/pages/the-whole-health-life-book
There are also many YouTube videos featuring Craig Hassed on for more free, stimulating content.