Level II Living with Freedom Program

Module 1: Qualities for Wellbeing

Qualities for Wellbeing Module

Dates:

To be announced

Frequency & Timings:

Every Friday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm IST

Medium:

~ Online Through Live Webinars
~ Recordings Of Webinars Available For Those Who Can’t Attend It Live

Course Fee:

INR 11,500/- (Inclusive Of 18% GST) OR 185 USD Per Person

Note: If you would like to attend this program but are unable to afford the entire course fees, please get in touch with us. We will be happy to accommodate your request. We want as many people as to experience the joy and learnings of this course!

Contact Details: +91 9833985538 Monday to Saturday between 9 AM and 7 PM or info@innerspacetherapy.in

About the Qualities for Wellbeing Module

The ‘Qualities for Wellbeing’ module is focussed on making mindfulness and awareness practices a part of our everyday life by applying them to our physical actions, verbal speech, and mental choices or motivations.

As we learnt in the ‘Level I: 8 week mindfulness and meditation course’, through our awareness and meditation practices we become increasingly mindful and kinder. Our training thus far, has prepared the soil of our hearts and minds for deeper work.  

Throughout the modules of Level II we will be working with the subtler layers of consciousness. We start this journey by cultivating some fundamental qualities that will support our deeper work in the coming modules. These qualities are visible and apparent, in that they appear gross. However they are motivated by very subtle and habitual tendencies. In this module we will examine each of these qualities, our relationship with them, how they manifest in our awareness and work to deepen the presence of wholesome qualities and to reduce the grip of the unwholesome ones. 

Cultivating these qualities is essential for our wellbeing and mental health and will help make our wisdom a lived one that would pave the way for deeper wellness and a joyful and meaningful relationship with ourselves and our world.

Inspiration for the Qualities for Wellbeing Module

This module is inspired from two traditions of Indian philosophy: 

The yoga sutras of Patanjali elaborate on the ashtanga or eight steps to enlightenment. The first two steps are ‘Yama’ and ‘Niyama’. Patanjali is asking us to practice 5 abstinences (Yamas) and 5 Observances (Niyamas) as first steps on the path to deeper awareness. Patanjali recognised the need to work through several layers of grosser tendencies in order to ultimately be able to hold the joyousness of Dhyana or deep meditation.

This eightfold path is a further elaboration of the three baskets (Tripitaka) of Shila Samadhi and Prajna. The Buddha emphasized Shila or wholesome ethics/habits as the first steps to the path of enlightenment. He prescribed several habits that fell under three broad headings: The practices of Right Speech, Right Conduct and Right Livelihood

Remember: Those of us who are willing to work with ourselves, are the only ones who can hope for meaningful shifts. Waiting for life to change and make us happy is like waiting for a sculpture to emerge from a rock without putting any effort in learning to sculpt. Life often presents us with the same kinds of difficulties until we finally decide to pick up the chisel and learn the art of sculpting a wise and happy life out of the material that is available to us.

Sadia Saeed

About the Qualities for Wellbeing Module:

This module is designed based on the understanding, from the above philosophical outlooks, that a certain level of training in developing helpful qualities and letting go of unhelpful ones is necessary to gain internal peace and happiness in the long run.

The qualities chosen here are  inspired by the above two schools of thought and are also chosen based on the trainer Sadia’s personal experience of over two decades as a meditation practitioner and a psychotherapist. She has found that certain tendencies and habit patterns create great amounts of guilt and unhappiness in people. These unhelpful but deeply wired tendencies also deplete energy and tend to complicate life. Based on her personal understanding, practice and with the guidance of the above two schools of philosophy six qualities are addressed in this module.,

The Six Qualities Of The Wellbeing Module

Self-Discipline and Awareness of Urges

This is inspired by the yama of brahmacharya which means self-restraint (yoga sutras) and the shila of right conduct (Noble eightfold path).

Non-Violence In Thought, Action & Speech

This is inspired by the shilas of right conduct and right speech (Noble Eightfold Path) and the yamas of Ahimsa which means non-violence and Asteya which means non-stealing (Yoga Sutras).

Truthfulness

This is inspired by the Shila of Right Speech (Noble Eightfold Path) and the yama of Satya (Yoga Sutras).

Generosity and Minimalism

This is inspired by the Yama of Aparigraha which means non-grasping and non-possessiveness (Yoga Sutras) and the Shila of Right Livelihood (Noble Eightfold Path).

Contentment & Gratitude

This is inspired by the niyama of Santosha which means contentment (Yoga Sutras)

Surrender

This is inspired by the niyama of Ishwara Pranidhana which means surrender to a divine will and involves letting go of over controlling tendencies (Yoga Sutras)

Facilitator Of The Wellbeing Module

Sadia Saeed

Sadia Saeed is the founder and psychologist at Inner Space.

She is convinced that the path to peace and happiness lies in turning inwards and has designed this program with the intention of helping people systematically transfer the knowledge from the Indian philosophical scriptures and psychotherapeutic schools into a lived wisdom through self-awareness, integration and practice. 

In her 20 years of practice as a clinical psychologist she has extensively worked with various individuals and organizations helping incorporate mindfulness practices in order to aid emotional resilience, personal growth and mental health. Her expertise is in blending the eastern and western approaches- integrating the study of Buddhist Suttas and yogic practices with neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and principles of somatic healing to present mindfulness in a way that is applicable to challenges of the present day.

Know more about Sadia.

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