Mindfulness originated from ancient Buddhist philosophy and meditation traditions and dates back 2,500 years, and its essence is universal.
Mindfulness introduction course (MBSR)
“Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction”
The Introductory course follows the MBSR Program (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), developed and licensed by The University of Massachusetts that has increasingly become a standard reference in Psychology. The scientific evidence of its concrete benefits in treating diverse pathologies; i.e., chronic pain, anxiety disorders, depression and stress is growing exponentially each year. The practice of Mindfulness induces positive affective states, increases well-being and strengthens the immune system responsiveness.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) in the USA officially recognizes MBSR as a “complimentary and alternative intervention…”
In our interactive and ducational courses, participants receive current specific information related to neuroscientific theory, psychological research and case studies information, face-to-face guided meditations, audios and related exercises to consolidate the knowledge acquired.
The course can be in-person and/or online
Among other empirically-proven benefits, this course will help you develop Emotional, Relational and Attentional Intelligence, demonstrated by:
- Decreased anxiety and stress.
- Reduced the disproportionate reaction to conflictive or unpleasant situations.
- Expanded tolerance to circumstances that are not in our power to change.
- Increased attention and concentration.
- Decreased mental agitation, by acquiring greater distance from our thoughts.
- Realized prejudices and automatic thoughts and behaviors that restrain our flexibility and adaptation capacity to life’s many changes and challenges.
- Reduced destructive emotional responses and negative states and increase vitality and healthy emotions.
- Increased our natural defenses by strengthening our immune system.
- Greater acceptance and compassion towards oneself and others.
An MBSR attendance certificate is issued to allow one to begin the Teacher Training Path and also to continue the advanced Mindfulness training at Psyke.
MONDAYS AUTUMN 2022MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAM LICENSED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
- September: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
- October: 3th, 10th, 17th, 24th
TUESDAYS SPRING 2022MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAM LICENSED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
- May: 3, 10, 17, 24
- June: 7, 14, 21
from 10h to 16h
WEDNESDAYS SPRING 2022MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAM LICENSED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
- May: 4, 11, 18, 25
- June: 1, 8, 15, 22
from 10h to 16h
Mindfulness and Personal Development
After the Mindfulness Initial course, many participants want to advance in their practice and cultivate meditation and the constructive attitudes that nurture it.
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know (discernment) the difference…Accepting reality means embracing life, not merely tolerating it.”
Fighting against what has been or has already happened requires an enormous amount of energy that can paralyze us over time and prevent our growth and learning.
Although we may not like it, the art of living is based on knowing how to take advantage and learn from the adversities that life often presents us.
Whatever happens, we must gain wisdom and self-knowledge, to advance in our relationship with our environment with greater confidence in ourselves.
Acceptance is one of the cornerstones of Mindfulness. This approach invites us to abandon our resistance against symptoms like thoughts, feelings and ruminations by saying YES to what has already happened, even YES to the resistance you may feel and think about what has already happened.
At first, it is an intention, an aspiration. But if it is cultivated regularly, there is a greater chance that it can grow deeply inside…
“We are afraid of losing our lives when, in reality, we lose our lives because of our fears”
Realizing our feelings just when they arise is the emotional intelligence foundation that we cultivate when practicing Mindfulness.
Becoming aware of our inner states, observing the experience itself in an impartial and non-reactive way requires perseverance and moves us forward a true mastery.
In this training, we learn to distinguish when self-observation allows for a calm, composed awareness of turbulent emotions or when we take a step back and close off, distancing ourselves from experience due to fear, causing us to lose connection with ourselves and others.
Anxiety, fear, guilt and shame are feelings that threaten our existence as human beings and reveal our personal meaning and beliefs about life and death: who we are, what the world is like and how we position ourselves in that world. When we perceive that our existence is in danger, we experience these emotions.
“What differentiates man from animals is the use of language”
We are social animals that need others to survive, physically, intellectually, and even emotionally. This fact determines all aspects of our lives. Communication enables the connection between people, both verbally and non-verbally. Then, why not spend some time learning how to communicate better and thus foster healthier relationships?
This course gives special attention to the use of language, the one we generate internally (thoughts) and the one we express externally, because they are interrelated. It will help us learn to express ourselves clearly and honestly when we are the ones who send the message and also to know how to listen and observe with empathy and compassion when we are the ones who receive the message.
Nonviolent Communication is an educational program developed by Marshall Rosenberg based on his experience as a mediator, educator and therapist. The combination of NVC and Mindfulness allows us to identify our resistance, defenses, or those flight or attack reactions when we face judgments or criticisms from others. It helps us know how to stop and focus on clarifying what we truly observe, feel and need.
“Anybody can become angry, that is easy;
but to be angry with the right person,
and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way,
that is not within everybody’s power, that is not easy”
– Nicomaco ethics. Aristotle
Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) is a program that cultivates mental and emotional balance, and leads us to a state of psychological well-being. It helps us to understand the meaning we give to our lives, our attitudes and behaviors, and how they affect ourselves and the people around us.
In 2000 the Dalai Lama asked a group of scientists to create a secular program that would unite “the best of both worlds”: Western psychology and Buddhist meditation, intending to help people manage destructive emotions.
Paul Ekman, a specialist in emotions, and Alan Wallace, a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, developed this training program that integrates these approaches.
In this course, we will work on the four areas that provide mental balance: cognitive, attentional, cognitive and emotional. We will go in-depth into emotions, their characteristics, adaptive function, expression and the distinction of destructive or constructive responses. We will perform exercises that encourage an attitude of kindness, openness and curiosity to any experience. It is what provides us with greater freedom of response to situations that carry a high emotional load and the opportunity to learn to respond effectively and not harmfully. We will cultivate latent and elevated qualities present in all human beings, which contribute to deep well-being: one of unconditional love, compassion, emphatic joy and equanimity.
“In the process of becoming a person, individuals progressively feel that the source of self-evaluation lies within himself. He then relies less in searching others’ approval or reprobation as guidelines by which to govern his life, or to make decisions and choices. He recognizes that the faculty of choice lies inside, and that the only important question is: “Am I living in a way that is deeply satisfying to me, and is my authentic expression?”
– Carl R. Rogers
Self-esteem is based on “the health of the mind.” Cultivating a healthy self-esteem aims to analyse what self-esteem is and why is it so important to have a healthy and realistic self-esteem? We will look at how we can raise our self-esteem. What role do others play in shaping our self-esteem?
Facing life firmly, requires knowing ourselves in depth and trusting in our abilities to succeed in the diversity of situations that are presented to us. In order to do so, we need to create a certain stability inside of us that many times we cannot find in the world outside.
From the psychological point of view, forgiveness liberates us from the suffering caused by the attitude of resentment that we hold towards the person who hurt us.
Forgiveness is a process that requires time and does not depend only on our voluntary will. It requires a change of perspective and a deep understanding of human beings’ essence that recognizes our flaws and weaknesses. As fallible and imperfect beings, we all can make mistakes. It is not about justifying our harmful actions or that of others. It is about becoming aware that the non-wanted consequences are the result of ignorance when wrong decisions were made.
This training helps us to understand that learning how to cultivate forgiveness liberates us from the effects of resentment that ends up harming us. If we learn to accept and not force the necessary process, we may gradually manage to feel the lightness of authentic forgiveness, our heart then opens and generates elevated human qualities are generated.
In Mindfulness and Personal Development
This course is for people who have taken the MBSR Intial and Advanced course. We deepen inside ourselves to improve our well-being and the well-being of those around us.
Classes are open to questions that help strengthen personal practice, deepen self- knowledge and mind-body balance.
We also introduce new, more philosophical meditative practices that help us enter into a more intimate and personal consciousness that helps us connect with our inner wisdom.
The intention is to learn to manage our emotions and increasingly understand our experiences and relationships with others, integrating high human values such as compassion, unconditional love, gratitude and equanimity to live a full and meaningful life, the true source of genuine happiness.
If you have or manage a company and are interested in training your team in any of the Courses or Conferences, get in touch with us and we will adapt them to your needs.
Stress and Anxiety Reduction
Management of Relationships in the Work Environment
Attention and Concentration Training
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The courses I have taken at Psyke have been a facilitator in my personal progress. Thaïs, as a professional, guides, explains and helps so that progress can be achieved and does so in a close, clear, natural way and away from paternalism, an attitude that has been essential for me to be able to understand and take responsibility for my life. I recommend the courses to those who really want to work on themselves, they open your mind and allow you to get to know yourself better.
First of all, I would like to thank Thais for everything I have learned over the years.
Learning to manage my emotions on a day-to-day basis has been essential for me, thanks to the tools she has provided us.
It wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t practice Mindfulness.
I highly recommend it!!!!
Excellent professional and better person. I have had the great fortune of being one of her students and seeing the passion she puts into everything she does.
After more than 5 years participating in courses in Psyke, achieving several Mindfulness certificates, along with my psychology degree, I have to tell you that the most important accomplishment is what they have contributed to me personally. So much so, that I will continue learning as an eternal student.
Interesting courses applicable to daily life that are developed in group, which provides different enriching experiences and support. I also thank Thaïs for answering questions about the practice and appropriate meditations. A friend recommended it to me and I highly recommend it.
A little over two years ago I started at Psyke with the Mindfulness Initiation Course (MBSR Program), then came Radical Acceptance, Cultivating Healthy Self-esteem… I only have words of gratitude to Thaïs for the way she organizes, transmits and communicates in her classes. For me there has been a before and after since I began this practice. Many thanks Thaïs for helping us on this journey.