Introduction

Using the tools of neuroscience, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence, our Master Your Mind courses provide evidence-based practices to maximize human potential.

Participants learn to work more consciously and effectively with their minds and mental states. As such, our courses enhance interpersonal relationships, develop emotional intelligence, increase resilience, enhance innovation and creativity and extend one’s attention span. All of these have significant benefits, both in the workplace, and in life in general.

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Image credits: Search Inside Yourself, Google.Inc

Are you ready to become the Master of your Mind… rather than it’s slave?

Program Formats

Our training programs can be tailored to fit your organization’s culture and needs:

  1. Lunch & Learn (1 hr.)
  2. Keynotes
  3. Master Your Mind Foundations (Half Day)
  4. 8-10 week courses (1-2 hrs./ session) – see example course outline below
  5. Retreats (1 or 2 full days)
  6. Private coaching sessions

Curriculum

Whichever format works best for your organization, participants will leave with practical tools and skills to better deal with challenges at work and home. Each program is highly interactive and includes experiential exercises, attention-training practices, and cognitive skills training. While program designs may vary, the content provided will be similar, but more or less in-depth, depending on the time allocated. Below is an example  Course Outline of a 10 week course (This course includes home practices for sustained results. Guided meditations and hand-outs are included):

“The amygdala hijack” – Daniel Goleman, 1996

Week 1 – Introduction

 Key themes:

  • Introducing the course
  • Understanding the neuroscience behind the methods used in this course.

Week 2 – Automatic Pilot

Key themes:

  • Coming to understand the meaning of mindfulness;
  • Becoming aware of the significance of automatic pilot in our lives;
  • Noticing how bringing awareness to our experience changes the actual nature of the experience;
  • Seeing how problems can be worked with differently

Week 3 – Dealing with barriers (perceptions, interpretations)

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“The minds filter”

Key themes:

  • Coming home to the body and developing an awareness of the ‘feeling tone’ of different experiences.
  • Working with difficulties in a new way and discovering new ways of learning.
  • Discovering how we add layers to our experience and that it’s often not situations themselves that cause us problems so much as our reactions to them.
  • Seeing the nature of our perceptions – how we often misperceive and how these misperceptions can drive our behaviour.

Week 4 – Gathering the scattered mind

Key themes:

  • PresentFurther work on investigating the ‘feeling tone’ of experience
  • Learning how to deconstruct experience: coming to see how it is made up of thoughts, feelings and body sensations;
  • Deepening an understanding of the attitudinal qualities of mindfulness;
  • Learning more about the habitual and automatic patterns of our minds.

Week 5: Staying present

Key themes:

  • Exploring the nature of our experience – especially around attachment and aversion;
  • Noticing again the layers that we add to our experience – especially difficult experience;
  • Using mindfulness skills in stressful situations;
  • Learning to take a different perspective.

Week 6 – Mindfulness of breath and body in movement

Key themes:

  • Developing the skills of deploying our awareness in different ways: broad and narrow focus;
  • Seeing the way in which we habitually relate to our experience with clinging / striving, aversion, or by ‘tuning out’;

Week 7 – Acceptance: allowing / letting be (being at choice)

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  • Seeing the way in which we habitually relate to our experience with clinging, aversion, or by ‘tuning out’.
  • Discerning the difference between reacting and responding;
  • Learning to allow what we feel simply to be what we feel;
  • Seeing how reactions play a key part in the experience of stress;
  • Developing an awareness of our reactions to difficulty and learning instead to respond to them.


Week 8 – Thoughts are not facts

Key themes:

  • thoughts_Large-HPThe freedom that can come from realizing that thoughts are merely thoughts and that we don’t have to act on them, engage with them or take them personally;
  • Developing a different relationship to thoughts and emotions. 

Week 9 – Bringing awareness to our lives

Key themes:

  • Bringing awareness to the things we do that help us, the things that can get in our way and the behaviours that can be self-destructive.
  • Using mindfulness to make skillful choices.

Session 10 – Maintaining change: putting it all together

Key themes:

  • This final session of the course is also the first session of the rest of your life;
  • How to keep up the momentum and the discipline for both formal and informal practice
  • Exploring a range of supports for future practice.