About Mindfulness and the MBSM Course
Mindfulness is a skill we all possess yet we have little or no awareness of actually using it in our daily lives. When we are aware of being mindful, we sense it as the feeling of being “on” or “in the flow” of the moment. However, more often, we slip into “automatic pilot” in our thinking, acting, and way of being with respect to others and ourselves. In such moments, if we are caught in difficult situations or complex events, we become frustrated or frightened of the many internal changes we experience.
Often these complex reactions seem to arise from innocent events or comments. We wonder how and why seemingly ordinary, everyday things can derail us so easily.
Recognizing when we are on auto-‐pilot, we learn skillful ways to detect the early signals that are found in our Body, Emotions, Sensations, and Thinking.
Mindfulness is a way of taking a more engaged stance in our relationship with our loved ones, our environment and ourselves. It promotes awareness of the changes arising in us, giving us the time to assess, accept, and encourage healthy ways of being. It is not a formula for happiness, however, through the Breath, it is a way of directing our
- Sensations and
onto a path that fosters calm and ease in the face of our challenges.
Mindfulness based interventions such as MBSR, MBCT and so forth that run 8-week long programs have found to be more effective than medication management for recurrent depression. Individuals who experience anxiety, chronic pain and other disorders have found to benefit immensely from the 8-week program.
Here is a very lucid video where Dr Carlson talks about mindfulness, the benefits and how to incorporate it in our everyday life that helps you understand the 8-week program better.
Diana Winston talks about what Mindfulness is and also talks about research on the benefits of Mindfulness
Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat talks about how Mindfulness redefines pain, happiness and satisfaction in this well articulated talk
Meditation is one of the most important practices of Mindfulness. Andy Puddicombe in this TED Talk tells us about what we can really expect with Mindfulness Meditation. Mindfulness meditation is an important part of the 8-week program.
Still have questions? Find answers here.
About the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic
The Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.
OMC is also a doctoral-level training affiliate of the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa. The clinic also provides training in Mindfulness Interventions for health care professionals.
OMC’s co-founder Dr. Lynette Monetiro is a Clinical Professor at the University of Ottawa School of Psychology. She completed her training in the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and is a trained teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion. In 2012, she completed her training in Buddhist Chaplaincy at the Upaya Institute and Zen Center with Dr. Joan Halifax and is part of the Emergency Spiritual Care Assistance Team at The Ottawa Hospital. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy for the treatment of PTSD in active duty and veteran police and military members. Lynette brings a creative blend of Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Theory to her work. She is supervising Aarathi Selvan (Facilitator of the MBSM in India) in the format of MBSM. She teaches the Health Care Professionals and Pain Management programs.
The Mindfulness programs created at the OMC are designed for individuals experiencing stress related to life events (relationships, work, family, depression, anxiety, loss, etc.). It is an 8-week Mindfulness program (2 hours each class) with an all-day session after the fourth class. The MBSM is curriculum-based program in cultivating mindfulness skills through themes of body awareness; understanding how our perceptions of ourselves, others and the world feed into our pleasant and unpleasant experiences; cultivating tolerance of distress and examining stress and stressors; transforming reactivity into respons-ability; and, cultivating self-compassion.
About Pause for Perspective & Aarathi Selvan
Pause for perspective has been working towards serving people in a variety of ways to live more mindful lives, both online and in-person. In the last two years Pause for Perspective has conducted introductory workshops and courses on Mindfulness for Mothers, Mindfulness for Everyday Life, Mindfulness at workplace and Mindfulness Based Art Approaches and Contemplative practices. This is the first time that Pause for Perspective’s founder Aarathi Selvan, a National Certified Counselor from the US and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in India has teamed with OMC’s Dr. Lynette Monteiro to bring to India the curriculum-based MBSM program. Aarathi is currently supervised by Dr.Monteiro in leading the 8-week program. The MBSM program is a culmination of Dr.Monteiro’s experience and practice in the field of MBSR, MBCT, CT and Buddhist studies. For more information on the program go to OMC’s website
- Session 1 : Autopilot and cruising
- Session 2 : Dealing with obstacles
- Session 3 : Body awareness
- Session 4 : Emotion awareness
- Session 5 : Sensation signals
- Session 6 : Thoughts & stress triggers
- Session 7 : Taking care of myself
- Session 8 : Weaving the threads
Fee: Rs.8000/- for the entire eight weeks (Materials Included)
Call: Aarathi at 9490708947 for questions or to register.
Registration information: Please make the payment and write to aarathi(at)pauseforperspective(dot)com with a snapshot of the payment confirmation.
Class Dates: The next class is yet to be announced. Check here if there is a 5 day intensive that is currently in progress or scheduled.
Account Name: Aarathi Selvan
Account Number: 630801536940 (Savings Account)
Bank Name: ICICI Bank Branch: Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.
IFSC Code: ICIC0006308
NOTE: Aarathi Selvan is a certified Mindfulness Based Symptom Management teacher trained under the supervision of Dr.L.Monteiro, C.Psych. The program is based in the M4 programs offered by the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, Ottawa Canada. For more information about the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic click here.