4 WEEK PROGRAM
Facilitated by Younion's Founder, Natasha Grey
“Self-compassion is the ability to turn understanding, acceptance, and love inward - toward ourselves.” - Kristen Neff
Many people are able to extend compassion toward others but find it difficult to extend the same compassion toward themselves. This program focuses on cultivating the capacity, intention and desire to direct compassion to self as well as others.
Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.
This 4 week series is a compilation of fourth wave psychology combining the skills of mindfulness and the work of Kristen Neff's self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing.
We will practice using mindfulness to help us tune inward with kind awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations). And incorporate self-compassion by bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our life and beyond.
Self-compassion is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and care.
You will learn:
- how to stop being so hard on yourself
- how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
- how to encourage yourself rather than criticise yourself
- mindfulness and self-compassion practices for everyday life
- how to practice self-appreciation
This 4 week series includes discussion of specific topics, experiential exercises, meditations, and home practices.
6 WEEK PROGRAM
Facilitated by YOUNION's Founder, Natasha Grey
This program will help you develop the skills needed to develop your focus, manage stress, harness creativity and improve resilience. You will gain self-awareness, develop abilites on how to respond instead of react to life and lead with more compassion toward yourself and others - all adding up to a greater well-being, happiness and fulfillment.
Since 2000, the number of scientific studies on mindfulness has increased significantly. As a result of these studies, valuable insights about both the effects of mindfulness and the underlying mechanisms have emerged.
This program offers experiential practices including the latest tools and techniques of neuroscience, psychology and the study of well-being. By addressing the most important elements of mindfulness, one-by-one, this program breaks down mindfulness in a comprehensive way. After completing this program, participants will have learned how to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives and have gained a deeper understanding of its essence.
Each session is a combination of lecture, practice, and discussion.
You will also learn a variety of mindfulness practices so that you can discover which practice is most helpful and beneficial to you. Practices taught include:
- Loving-Kindness Meditations
- Practices to develop positive emotions
- Practices to encourage quality sleep
This Program includes:
Six one and a half hour sessions
- Deep-dive into a specific element of mindfulness per session
- Practices that you can integrate into your daily life
- Group format with home practice exercises and meditations
- Weekly debriefing practices to increase wellness and wellbeing
- A personal workbook to use for notes and extra exercises
- Weekly presentations
- Guided meditations to use at home
- List of daily mindfulness quotes organised by weekly topic
- Discounts to use towards other Younion services to continue practice
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE PROGRAM
“The subtle transition over six weeks has yielded a transformational impact on my life, which has allowed me to slow down, take charge of my thoughts, and nurture a deep connection with myself and those around me.”-- Pamela W.
“Natasha has created a warm and accepting space for us to share and learn. You will not be disappointed!”-- Ayla J.
“I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to enhance their mental wellness and carve out some time for reflection and self-study.”-- Alison M.
SESSION 1: Attention & the Now
In this session, you will learn about the two most important building blocks of mindfulness: attention and the present moment awareness. The role of thoughts and their relationship with the present moment is introduced.
SESSION 2: Judgment
In this session, open awareness is introduced by addressing the evaluative nature of the mind. While open awareness involves non-judgment, countless judgments and evaluations cloud most of our daily awareness. By becoming aware of these judgments, an important obstacle of open awareness is removed. In this session, participants experience the judgmental nature of their mind and learn about the problematic aspects of judgments.
SESSION 3: Acceptance
The goal of this session is to introduce the concept of acceptance. Mindfulness promotes an accepting stance towards experiences. Rather than fighting or avoiding experiences, mindfulness requires willingness to experience them. Acceptance, however, is a complex and paradoxical construct. This session aims to clarify the essence of acceptance by learning to apply acceptance to difficult emotions and by explaining the goal of acceptance.
SESSION 4: Compassion
In this session, participants will become acquainted with their inner critic and by increasing their awareness of the inner critic and practicing self-compassion through meditation and self-caring action, they will learn to effectively cultivate a friendly and caring relationship with the self.
SESSION 5: Ego
This session clarifies the relationship between intentions and goals and how mindfulness plays a massive role in the fulfillment of attaining any goal.
SESSION 6: Goals and Integration
This session focuses on the ways in which mindfulness can be integrated in daily life. In this session, participants are invited to create a personal plan for sustainably incorporating mindfulness in their daily lives after completing this training.
About The Facilitator
Natasha Grey is a Therapist and the author of
the acclaimed children’s book, Everyday
Superheroes. She is also the host of iTunes New and
Noteworthy podcast, The Conscious Living
Podcast where she interviewed and learned from the
best in the industry, everyone from NY Times bestselling authors to
CEO's of large organizations who incorporate meditation into their
business’ as well as powerful women raising a family at home.
Natasha's experience as a psychotherapist combined with her
immersive work in meditation practices’ gives her an incredible
advantage of cultivating a unique, transformative environment and
experience for all human beings from all walks of