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Mindful Art Therapy Workshop
Our psychologist, Kunjal Shah conducted the Mindful Art Therapy Workshop with a group of 15 enthusiastic participants at Artisans, Kala Ghoda, on 28th May, 2016. This experiential workshop attempted to blend the concept of being mindfully present with artistic expression.
It allowed the participants a space for expression, mindful introspection and reflections of their experience with the facilitator and the group. Many of them found it to be quite insightful and felt they connected with their own selves in a way they hadn’t before.
Our Chief Psychologist, Sadia Raval conducts regular therapeutic sessions with children associated with the NGO, Kranti. Kranti is an NGO that works to enable and empower children of commercial sex workers. Concepts and practices of mindfulness and meditation as well as Integrated Somatic Psychotherapy are part of these therapy sessions.
There has also been a recent development (July, 2016) on this front! Our Chief Psychologist, Sadia Raval is working on building a mindfulness-based curriculum for the children associated with Kranti and is working out of London for an entire month to make this happen.
Watch Sadia On BBC News from London with Shweta Katti and Robin Chaurasiya talking about therapy for sexual abuse in India!
Kunjal Shah, one of our psychologists, took the concept of Mindfulness to a home for the elderly, Aaji Care. Her talk, intended for a group of 40-45 senior citizens, focused on the importance of staying in the present moment, even as we feel a loss of control.
Mindful Spring: Our New Website Dedicated Entirely to Mindfulness
We are delighted to share with you our new website, Mindful Spring, designed to be a one-stop space for insights, practices, information and events on Mindfulness and Meditation.
For those of you who are getting introduced to the concept right now, we hope the site will help you start your practice right away. For the more regular practitioners, we hope the site will help deepen your awareness and make your mindfulness meditation practice more robust.
Inner Space is helping out the Learning Space Foundation in their work of enabling the rural youth residing in the villages around Vajreshwari.
The Foundation is engaged in training the youth and building their capacities to take on teaching in the local government schools as well as to prepare them for employment opportunities in urban spaces. It is in this process of enabling them, that the aspect of addressing mental health arises, given the challenging nature of their context.
Inner Space is thus engaged in creating a psychological risk assessment for the youth so that it allows the Foundation to identify individuals who need psychological care and support and thus, design their interventions accordingly.
To this end, our psychologists: Ashwini, Namrata and Sindhura have visited the center and interacted with groups of youth – enabled at various levels and capacities – to understand directly from them, the nature and extent of psychological distress they might be facing, the role of their support system and their own internal coping mechanisms. On the basis of the data they’ve collected, the said tool will soon be developed and administered.
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Sadia Raval, our Chief Psychologist, often talks to the youth about Mindfulness and how it can help them cope and thrive. She has conducted such Mindfulness talks with students of Raheja College and SNDT College.
The objective is to orient the students to the philosophy of mindfulness and to encourage them to observe their own emotions from a non-judgmental and a compassionate stance.
Gitali Chatterji, one of our psychologists, interacted with a group of expecting and new parents on Father’s Day (19th June, 2016) at Cloud Nine, a maternity hospital in Malad.
The objective of the talk was to proactively discuss how the fathers felt about their role in their child’s life and to help them articulate their expectations as well as anxieties. The talk also encouraged them to be aware of and address their own needs.
It was an interactive session as fathers as well as the mothers asked queries, shared their feelings and discussed their experiences with each other. Gitali also oriented them to practising Mindfulness and helped them see how it could allow them to be more present and enjoy the experience of parenting fully.
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Mindfulness is a beautiful practice that helps in connecting and being rooted in life as it flows by. It involves getting our minds back to the present and paying attention to the life that is unfolding right now within us and around us.
What is the Mindfulness Meditation Workshop all about?
The Mindfulness Meditation Workshop is purely an experiential program, designed to help you understand the philosophy of mindfulness, the nature of your own mind and the mind-body connect.
We have been conducting these workshops since 2013. It involves practical sessions that are aimed at helping you learn to work with thoughts as well as emotions through mindfulness and meditative practices.
If you want to know more about all our mindfulness programs, click here .
The Mindfulness Retreat is a residential program, comprising of a 1 night/2 day format and includes advanced concepts of mindfulness meditation. The retreat is an opportunity for deeper work with mindfulness and hence a previous base is necessary.
The aim is to create deeper awareness of oneself through one’s previous knowledge of meditative practices.
Historically, a three-month monsoon retreat used to be held during the times of Buddha focused on giving up sense pleasures, getting simple and turning inwards. This retreat is also held in the same spirit of turning inwards through silence and contemplation practices.