Session Date :29th September, 2018,
Resource Person : Ms Sandy Dias Andrade
Session -‘Self care and Mindfulness
The sessions was designed
- To develop a practice of Mindfulness that encompasses its attitudes and as a way of allowing a meta awareness and a meta cognition to become available.
- To make the practice of Mindfulness relevant to parenting, to a parent’s sense of well-being as well as to foster a deeper bond between parent and child.
- To cultivate an attitude of self-compassion and a sense of care.
- To develop a motivation for sustained Mindfulness practice for the parent’s themselves as well as with their children and in their relationship with them.
The core activities carried out were
- Grounding exercise and breathe meditation
- Exploration of what is mindfulness and the key elements of mindfulness through the `raisin’ exercise
- Relational Mindfulness: Bringing this quality of attention in action
- Relational Mindfulness: Bringing this quality of attention in listening
- Breathe Meditation
- Walking meditation
- Why the emphasis on ‘Self’ in parenting?
Feedback from Parents
- Awareness is related to our senses – touch, feel, smell & taste. So if our intention is to be ‘present’ we need to bring our senses in.
- Each child is different. Each child has a specific set of ingredients. Parents need to understand this & accept children for what they are, to know their ingredients & accept them.
- ‘Wanting to know’ & curiosity is an important part of parenting. So is giving 100% attention & using senses as an interactional medium.
- Mindfulness is awareness. It is being ‘present’ in that moment. Mindfulness helps us to notice what we are doing & we learn to acknowledge what is going on without judgment. If judgment happens, we notice that too.
The session was attended by around 60 participants.