When we’re hurting deeply, we succumb to negative self-talk in our head and eventually, self-doubt creeps in, whereas when a dear friend is hurting we provide them the warmth, care, and concern they need. Why don’t we do this for ourselves? This workshop focuses on the science behind Self Compassion as well as activities that we could do for ourselves to quickly check-in with ourselves and therefore feel more confident. Self Compassion is for anyone and everyone who wants to know the art of befriending themself and being there for themselves in times of emotional distress. Research suggests that self-compassion is known to work for people who want to stay self-motivated and push themselves to achieve their goals as well as those suffering from anxiety and stress.
We learn how to be deliberate about our journaling and how to ensure it is effective in helping us with channeling our thoughts and feelings. Journaling is effective for many different reasons and supports us in reaching our goals. It can help us clear our headspace, make important connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and even reduce the effects of mental illness! Keeping a journal can help one fully explore ones emotions and release tension. Further, it can help us work on reducing specific sources of stress. For it to have a positive impact on mental health, we need to be sure that we have an appropriate method, and just the “brain dump” of words on the page may feel good, but there’s little evidence that it will increase your well-being. Journalling is an effective writing tool to engage with our thoughts and truly connect with them.
Getting to know your child through Compassionate Parenting
There isn’t a manual that exists for parenting, however, we all want to raise emotionally resilient and happy children. Compassionate parenting involves recognizing that every child has needs, both physical and emotional. Recognizing the fact that having the child’s needs met is for survival and providing reassurance that their needs will be met. A child needs to be Seen, Soothed & Safe. LEarn to have caring, compassionate conversations to fulfill their needs will make our children happier, resilient and secure!
We know that meditation is an ancient technique dated back to 5,000 to 3,500 BCE. However, only 60 yrs ago modern scientists began to study the brains of the meditators. During this workshop we’ll be doing is a mindfulness meditation; mindfulness involves being aware of the moment to moment experience in a clear and balanced way. Being open to the reality of the present moment and allowing your thoughts, emotions, and sensations to enter awareness without resisting them. They say that meditation changes the structure of the brain making it a lot more powerful with superhuman abilities. Scientists say that every time we act, think, or feel, we form new neural connections in the brain. Those that we repeat the most, like daily actions or habits, grow stronger and those that we don't use grow weaker. That is why habits are automatic and we don't need to think twice before we do them. If you do not do that habit or an action regularly, it'll take an effort to perform that activity. Hence, we don't choose most of our behavior, it is programmed by these neural connections in our brain. Therefore, we can train our brains to be clever at tasks or to think differently in difficult situations. We need to form new neural connections and the more we practice them the easier that task will become. Meditation practice helps us change our ways of responding to situations but forming new neural connections in different parts of the brain by making it larger in size.