Taking Thoughts Captive
A Mindfulness course which holds the key to stress reduction and overall happiness
We live in a complex and busy world. We constantly multi-task and our bodies live in a constant state of fight, flight, and freeze.
What is Taking Thoughts Captive About?
Taking Thoughts Captive is an 8-week on-line and group experience which addresses the different elements of mindfulness. Group members will learn to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives.
Mindfulness is a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness.
What is Included in Taking Thoughts Captive?
- Introductory Zoom Call
- 8 Weekly Video Presentations
- 8 Weekly Group Coaching Sessions (Zoom)
- Audio Mindfulness Exercises
- Membership in Private Facebook Group
- 2 Private Coaching Sessions
- Printable Workbook
- Printable Homework Log
Each week group members will be introduced to a new element of mindfulness through a teaching from Positive Psychology's Hugo Alberts, PhD. We will participate in a weekly group Zoom call, lead by your coach, Sheila Gravely, to discuss and learn to apply the elements of mindfulness through workbook exercises and group coaching. Each week, group members will complete easy, daily exercises to reinforce the teachings.
Below is a brief description of each Module.
Attention & The Now
The most common reason people fail to pay attention to the present moment is that they are occupied by thinking about the past or the future.
In this session, the role of thoughts and their relationship with the present moment are introduced.
Many of the problems people experience in everyday life involve automatic patterns of behavior or habits.
Group members will learn to identify the automatic nature of their thoughts and how these thoughts lead to emotions which lead to behaviors.
Most of our daily awareness is clouded by countless judgments and evaluations.
By becoming aware of judgments, an important obstacle to open awareness is removed.
Group members will identify the judgmental nature of their mind and learn about the problematic aspects of judgments.
Rather than fighting or avoiding thoughts and emotions, mindfulness helps to build willingness to experience them.
This session aims to clarify the essence of acceptance by learning to apply acceptance to difficult emotions.
An excessive focus on the future is one of the most common obstacles to the cultivation of mindful awareness and contentment.
In this session, mindfulness is introduced as the key for finding a balance between being in the present moment and preoccupation with the future.
In this session, group members learn how to cultivate a friendly and caring relationship with the self by increasing awareness of the inner critic and practicing self-compassion through meditation and self-caring action.
In this session, the group members will discover the difference between the self as a story and the self as an observer.
In this final session, group members will learn the connection between the key processes of mindfulness and create a personal plan for incorporating mindfulness in their daily lives after completing this training.