The ‘Promise’

With so many individuals, the world over, having experienced the effects of one or more traumatic events – and childhood emotional neglect – and who now are living with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, a mindful approach to life has perhaps never been more necessary.

But just knowing or practising mindfulness or elements of this meditation practice isn’t enough. In fact, exposure to life as a ‘human being’ once again – rather than the ‘human doing’ – can polarise thoughts, emotions and beliefs; thus bringing those elements – that are perceived as unpleasant – to the fore.

Why would we want to move closer to that which pains us?

Naturally, as humans we have evolved to move away from pain, but that very evolutionary process which once served us so well – and in genuine emergencies and circumstances still does, but, in today’s world, commonly makes mistakes; there’s so much ambiguity around the messages we are all subjected to – from the moment we are born, through childhood and, of course, throughout the remainder of our lives.

Why does this ambiguity matter? Because, all too often, our cognitive reasoning is triggered by emotions no longer relevant to the perceived state we now find ourselves in.  The ‘fight-flight-freeze-fawn’ reaction can become triggered due to us being in a state of autopilot; less awake and aware of the realities of life – in the moment – than we can be if we are mindful and present, here and now!

How often are you experiencing heightened states of powerful emotions – leaving you feeling drained?

Perhaps you begin exhibiting unhealthy or regretful behaviours – when at other times you are reasoned and rational. This is emotional dysregulation – that is anything but peace and contentment – and we are now led to the ‘garden of numb’ to ‘cope’.

We might begin to:

  • drink alcohol excessively
  • take drugs
  • gamble

We may become addicted to many other possible behaviours such as:

  • infidelity
  • anger outbursts
  • obsessional and compulsive disorders
  • excessive spending

We may also:

  • reach a workaholic status thus destroying relationships with loved ones
  • create emotional disharmony that gives rise to common depressive and anxiety states along with the symptoms of stress and poor decision making

The good news is all your experiences can be re-learned. All your current beliefs (and emotional triggers) can be available for a smarter and more compassionate inspection and exploration; to make this available, we have to reset – to start over once again – if we are to address that which no longer serves us.

Recovery Starts Here

A return to emotional regulation – to ‘homeostasis’ or ‘natural balance’ – begins with growing self-awareness and attention that, becomes over time:

  •  less judgemental
  • more observational of the ‘self’

This is no quick fix or silver bullet but – with tenacity, endeavour, and a nurtured curiosity and interest in becoming an authority on YOU – a less stressful journey through your life can become available; you will learn that your world doesn’t become calm only when the external world is less turbulent!

Relinquishing control, finding empowered choices, embracing acceptance for what can be changed – and equally for that which cannot – at least (for now) is found when we re-learn how to access as we did as children; a return to the only place that truly exists – here and now!

Is this program for me?

This program will be beneficial to both those who are new to mindfulness and those who wish to further enhance their practice and is suitable for anyone wanting to begin, or continue, their personal journey to better regulated and more accepting emotional states and sense of wellbeing.

Just minutes a day can provide great new insights.

As practising mindfulness can bring past experiences to the fore, along with the associated feelings and emotions, some may find this ‘triggering’ if living with a significant diagnosed (or suspected) psychological diagnosis such as PTSD, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, schizoaffective disorder or psychosis disorder. If you are in any doubt, please contact Bob Brotchie (in confidence) to discuss.

Program Curriculum

Week 1: Attention and the Now

Attention is the most fundamental building block of change and insight. Attention ensures that we are aware as if we are not aware of something, we cannot change it. In the first week, we will explore attention and look at:

  • what demands attention and what regulates attention
  • attention to the present moment
  • mental “tools” that cause emotional imbalance
  • the benefits of mindfulness and practice

Week 2: Automaticity

Automatisms keep us from changing; only by becoming aware of our automatisms, can we change them. In the second week we give attention to automatisms and look at:

  • automatic patterns and repetition
  • effecting change of automatism
  • emotions and impulses
  • cycles of feeling and thinking
  • the benefits of mindfulness and practice

Week 3: Judgement

We all automatically judge and it’s one of the automatisms we contend with daily; we judge others, situations/events and ourselves. By judging we often create an immediate conflict or struggle. In the third week, we give attention to judging and look at:

  • how judgement colours reality
  • judging both outwardly and inwardly
  • judgement and duality
  • limiting reality
  • conflict
  • the benefits of mindfulness and practice

Week 4: Acceptance

By adopting or accepting what is, we immediately free ourselves from the identification of our mind. In the fourth week, we explore the true meaning of acceptance and look at:

  • both pleasant and unpleasant experiences and/or situations
  • conflict and resistance
  • mindfulness of both the pleasant and unpleasant
  • the benefits of mindfulness and practice

Week 5: Goals

Goals are a crucial part of our society but by focusing too much on our goals, we lose attention to the here and now. In the fifth week, we give attention to goal making and explore:

  • the pitfalls
  • the ineffectiveness of over-focusing on goals
  • the discrepancy between goals and the present moment
  • both anxiety and illusions
  • gratitude
  • the benefits of mindfulness and practice

Week 6: Compassion

By increasing compassion for others and ourselves, the separation between us and others gets smaller. Compassion helps us to connect both to others and ourselves. In week six, we give attention to and explore:

  • compassion of both self and others
  • self-criticism and self-compassion
  • loving-kindness
  • troubleshooting
  • the benefits of mindfulness and practice

Week 7: The Ego

The term “ego” can be used to indicate a controlling part of the personality. In this context, the term ego refers to a self-image that is based on identification. It is, therefore, an invented identity. In the seventh week, we give attention to the ego and explore:

  • what the ego is, characteristics and identification
  • the factors that form our ego
  • fear and affirmation
  • controlling our identity and fear
  • the benefits of mindfulness, observation and practice

Week 8: Integration

Mindfulness is not something that you ‘achieve’ after 8 weeks; the more mindfulness is integrated into your daily life, the greater the impact will be. In the eighth week, we explore integration of mindfulness into our daily life and look at:

  • integrating attention, automatisms, judgement, acceptance, goals and compassion
  • how elements of mindfulness relate to each other
  • what’s next and practice

You cannot become mindful, you can only be mindful.

8 Weeks to Greater Emotional Stability: Your Mindful Journey

Next training program starts September 10, 2017

(Please note that the September 2017 program will be the last one held this year. To be considered for the 2018 program, register your interest here.)

You will be granted access to and receive the following during and after the program:

  • Eight weeks of daily educational content to enhance your experience and a mindfulness practice which can lead you to greater emotional stability.
  • Beautiful uplifting daily quotes with images to keep.
  • Access to your own private Facebook group where you can share experiences, learn from others – and even offer your own support.
  • Continuing post-program completion access and support.
  • Scheduled, and recorded ‘live’, online chat throughout the program for Q&A’s – with program facilitator Bob Brotchie.
  • Technical support.
  • An electronic version of the full training program for you to keep and refer to after completing the program.
  • ‘Certificate of Completion’ issued at the end of the program.
  • Your ‘No Quibble’ 30-day money back guarantee.**

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