Mindfulness Cyprus

 

Programs

MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness is the ability of every person to be attentive in a special way: to be conscious and present in a friendly way, in every moment, without judgment, conscious of the urge to react to life’s situations. MBSR has been developed over 40 years, at the Stress Reduction Clinic of the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre. Today it stands as the most researched program representing Mindfulness in the field of psychology and it may be the most widely practised form of mindfulness anywhere. It has been successfully utilized with appropriate modifications in a number of settings such as schools, athletic training programs, professional programs, and the workplace. The optimal form and its delivery method depend critically on local factors and on the level of experience and understanding of the people undertaking the teaching.

 

Benefits

Become conscious of your prevailing emotions, thoughts and behavior

Became conscious of the automatic pilot-the subconscious drive

Discover the belief system that commands you

Reduce stress levels

Learn to let go of unhealthy expectations

Develop self-compassion

Build resilience the ability to recover from life’s misfortunes

Create positive outlook of others and experience

Develop attention

Cultivate Generosity

Business Trainings

Personal Development & Parenting

MINDFULNESS MATTERS-THE SITTING FROG

Description

The mindfulness matters, awareness training is a concrete and systematic program developed for children by Eline Snel. It is an adaption of the adult program Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. The latter has been developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970’s and ample evidence exist to support its efficacy. The program is designed to help the child’s inner development by cultivating such skills such as attention, concentration, patience, friendliness, and tolerance. By developing the child’s awareness, the child is then able to focus attention consciously in the current moment and without judgement. This makes it easier to deal with the weather conditions (emotional states) in their life.

 

The method involves four manuals each one representing an age group. The groups are:

Green- 4 to 8 year olds

Red -9 to 11 year olds

Yellow -12 to 14 year olds

Blue- 14 to 19 year olds

The instruction is done in 8 weekly lessons, each one-hour long.

 

Benefits

 

Concentration to increase, strengthen our “mental muscle” for bringing focus back where we want it, when we want it.

Test Anxiety is managed

Active listening is introduced

Emotional regulation – impulsive behaviour is reduced

Resilience- less reactionary behaviour to stress or the behaviour of others

Negative thoughts and worrying disappear

Fears and depression decrease

Calming-relaxation, calm, and good sleep increase

Compassion-friendliness and respect towards yourself and others increases, more confidence

Business Trainings

Personal Development & Parenting

MINDFUL PARENTING

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a well-defined and systematic person-centred educational approach. It uses relatively intensive training with mindfulness at the core of the program to teach people how to take better care of themselves and live healthier and more adaptive lives. Mindfulness requires the effective use of the present moment in becoming more AWARE of the appropriateness of particular choices. The core of the program has been adjusted to enable parents to use mindfulness techniques as an exploration tool into their parenting practises. It will introduce them to the benefits of mindfulness as a parenting approach as well as to ways that would enable to support their child at home.

 

Session 1: Automatic parenting

Session 2: Beginner’s Mind Parenting

Session 3: Reconnecting with the body as a parent

Session 4: Responding rather than reacting to parenting stress

Stress 5: Parenting patterns and Schemas

Session 6: Conflict and Parenting

Session 7: Love and Limits

Session 8: A mindful path through parenting

 

Benefits

 

Develop more intentional and mindful parenting

Understand Judging Vs. non Judging

The difference between Doing Vs. Being mode

How to be with negative experience instead of avoidance

Discover preconceptions of their child

Avoid putting labels on the child

Discover the positive qualities of the child

Self-compassion in a stressful parenting situation

Automatic reactions exploration

Understand reactive parenting patterns

Insight on how parents childhood experiences affect their parenting

Learn to accept our limitations based on our own experiences.

Conflicts an opportunity for growth and closeness with children

Responding to breach of limits from a place of awareness

Discover the inherent capacity for love-No matter what

Business Trainings

Personal Development & Parenting

MINDFUL BASED COMPASSIONATE LIVING

 

Compassion is - like mindfulness – a human capacity inherent in all of us. For various reasons this capacity is not in everybody so well developed but fortunately it can be cultivated and deepened through practice

The program consists of 8 sessions of 2 hours which are given weekly or with longer intervals. Between the 6th and 7th session an extra silent session can be offered to deepen the practice. Participants commit themselves to set aside an hour daily for practice at home with the help of a workbook and audio-cd’s. The structure thus reflects a basic mindfulness course.

The acknowledgement of pain and suffering as part of human life and insight into how our brains evolved to help us survive.

Understanding the three basic emotion regulation systems: the threat system, focussed on safety and self-protection; the drive system, focussed on acquiring satisfaction, resources and rewards; and the soothing system, focussed on ‘safeness’, contentment and social bonding.

How the three systems can get out of balance by influences from outside, but also from inside, for instance through harsh self-criticism and shaming.

Common humanity: sensing our shared human condition; and what we did not choose is not our fault.

How imagery can influence the emotion regulation systems and imagination exercises can help restore the balance by strengthening our soothing systems and help to cultivate an inner helper.

Exercises how to compassionately motivate ourselves, pay attention, sense, think, reason, speak and act.

Exercises that help us discover what contributes to happiness, joy and gratitude.

Becoming familiar with the Four Friends for Life (loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity) and discovering which of the four is the best helper in a given situation.​​

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