Improving the participation and engagement with mindfulness



Project Title: Improving the participation and engagement with mindfulness (SHR Project 2018/409)

Principal Investigator(s): A/Professor Narelle Lemon


1. Introduction

The concept of mindfulness is becoming ever more popular in Western society. Mindfulness is commonly defined as “awareness, cultivating by paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn, 2017, p.1). But what does this really mean? Little research has occurred on people’s understanding, questions, challenges and concerns.  This research aims to investigate how mindfulness is understood and interpreted. Interest is in the difficulties, assumptions and questions that emerge and how these can inform future research to support engagement and participation.   

2. What is the purpose of this research project?

The purpose of the study is to understand:

1.     How is mindfulness understood and interpreted?

2.     What challenges emerge for one when understanding and approaching mindfulness?

3.     What assumptions exist for those engaging with mindfulness?

4.     What questions does one have as they navigate mindfulness?

5.     How can these understandings support future work (e.g.: research, interventions, training) in mindfulness?

3. What does participation in this research project involve?

If you volunteer to participate in this project, I will ask you to complete a 5 – 10 minute online survey about your understanding of mindfulness. This will involve a small set of open ended questions.

4. What are the possible risks?

There are no likely risks for participants.

5. Do I have to take part in this research project? What are the benefits?

Participation in this research project is voluntary.

The are no monetary benefits to participating in this project, although you may find the reflective nature of the questions professionally beneficial.

6. What will happen to information about me?

Any information obtained in connection with this project will remain confidential and be anonymous. All documents will be kept in a locked cabinet, accessible only to the CI involved in the project. All information will be kept at Swinburne University of Technology, in a locked filing cabinet (or secured computer) for a period of 5 years after last access/use and subsequently shredded (or deleted).

7. Is this research project approved?

The ethical aspects of this research project have been approved by the Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee (SUHREC).

8. Who can I contact?

If you want further information concerning this project or if you have any problems which may be related to your involvement in the project, you can contact A/Prof Narelle Lemon, Chief Investigator on T: +61 3 9214 5571 E:

9. Complaints

If you have any complaints about any aspect of the study or the way in which it is being conducted you may contact the Research Ethics Officer, Swinburne Research (H68), Swinburne University of Technology, PO BOX 218, HAWTHORN VIC 3122. Tel +61 3 9214 8145 or

Access the link to the survey here