Ladies Study Group organised a WORK SHOP on ‘ The Art Of Mindfulness’ by Dr.Sonera Jhaveri, an integral psychotherapist on Thursday 22 May, 2018 at Harikunj auditorium.The sessions were from 10.45 -12 noon and 2pm- 3.15pm
Dr. Jhaveri’s sessions were on how we can appreciate Mindfulness.
Mindfulness helps us in many ways -dealing with stress, negative thinking and it also takes care of our health and relationship issues. Mindfulness meditation derives its methods from ancient Buddhist and yogic practices, practiced over 2500 years ago, where one pays attention to moment to moment in a non judgemental way. Self regulation and self awareness therapy exercises were conducted in a relaxed atmosphere.
A list of Mindfulness Inventory was given to each participant for self assessment in order to establish their level of concentration in the present moment. Without training we can be at present moment, at the most, for a few seconds
Why should we be in the present? Life is happening and we need to make it more secure by concentration and practice. We need to settle the mind.
We often observe that our body s engaged in one activity and mind wavers somewhere else. Negative bytes and negative tendency to make judgements is inherent in us. Mindfulness is the antidote.
80% of the judgements we make are negative which create stress. Unless we can change our mind to accept the present as reality, we will not be able to reduce the stress.
She suggested practice of Mindfulness will help us to be in the present. If one practices for 21days, it will be part of our life. Mindfulness is a practice of looking at our life as observer and to redirect our mind to be more aware, observant and conscious. Negative thinking / Negative judgement have massive physio-psychological impact on our body especially, resistance to change.
Every aspect of life— we have physiological and psychological responses. Stress is impacting us. It manifests itself in our life.
Stress is the No. 1 killer. It creates various problems in mind and body – from cancer to back pain. Modern psychologists are trying to change neurotransmitter to address this problem. Mindful exercise/ meditation was practised in this session.
Mindfulness of eating exercise was practised with a raisin, just a metaphor to assesss how we eat.
The two, highly informative and meaningful sessions gave the participants a greater awareness of themselves and afforded them a way to handle today’s stressful moments in a more constructive & beneficial manner.