Conscious Change8 WEEK MINDFULNESS-BASED PERSONAL GROWTH PROGRAM
Conscious Change is an 8 week group program (2.5 hour sessions with daily practice) designed to help you develop mindful awareness to bring positive change into your life.
GROUP THERAPY PROCESS
"Approximately 19 months ago I went into rehab for alcoholism where I was introduced to a therapy called Mindfulness. I found the practice to be very beneficial to my recovery while in rehab and endeavoured to continue it once released. Through research I stumbled across Conscious Beginnings run by Jon Unal and decided to sign up for the course. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but went in with an open mind. Jon presented strategies for practicing mindfulness but what I found to be the most beneficial and, totally wasn't expecting, was the safe and nurturing environment that Jon created encouraging us all to explore ourselves deeper and further with love and compassion for ourselves. I have spent a life abusing myself physically and mentally so this new concept of being kind to myself was totally new but how the little girl in me braced it. My journey continues as I am learning to deal with all the emotions that are bubbling to the surface now that I don't drown them with alcohol but Conscious Beginnings and Jon's teachings were very instrumental in my healing process fresh out of rehab. He truly walks the walks and has a deep compassion and desire for everybody to be their authentic selves. Highly recommend the course and Jon to anybody. Much gratitude."
"I'm truly thankful to have come across Jon at Conscious Beginnings. I have always found him to be extremely insightful, intuitive and compassionate. I have attended a mindfulness course with Jon as well drop-in sessions and each experience never ceased to amaze me with the self-awareness and spiritual growth that Jon facilitates for the participants. Magic really does happen in his sessions and it's a credit to his experience, expertise and personality. I would encourage anyone and everyone to access Conscious Beginnings services, wherever you are in your life. If you are open to the learnings, the tools you will gain are invaluable and will assist you in all aspects of yor life. Thank you for all that you have assisted me with Jon, on both my spiritual journey and path to wellbeing."
"Since joining Jon's Mindfulness Workshop I've been impressed with his commitment to creating a welcoming and open atmosphere that encourages participation, especially amongst those new to the practices. Throughout the sessions I've attended Jon has shown himself to be a skilled group facilitator, adept at managing a variety of activities to explore each sessions overarching theme. His workshops are well designed and benefit from Jon's ability to considerately distill relevant cognitive research and align this with thought provoking exercises that both aid introspective reflection whilst simultaneously encouraging group discussion. I've personally found the exercises to be useful in identifying unconscious assumptions and default thought processes. My increased personal bias awareness has enabled me to become more willing to challenge these thought processes and associated behaviours."
Improve well-being & happiness
Reduce stress & anxiety
Be fully present in the here-and-now
Develop positive relationships
Become more balanced
Enhance emotional intelligence
A study was performed by the University of Queensland in 2016, to examine the beneficial effects of the Conscious Change courses. The findings showed that participating in the 8-week Conscious Change program led to an increase awareness and acceptance in life, as well as a significant decrease in perceived stress.
“Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex (…) This mental shift decreases the negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety. (…) The researchers found that the meditators showed a pronounced shift in activity to the left frontal lobe. In other words, they were calmer and happier than before.”
Mindfulness & the Science of Happiness
- Find out how mindfulness can improve your life
- Cultivate present moment awareness
- Learn from the latest research how to increase happiness and well-being
- Bringing mindfulness into your daily activities
- Guided meditation: Mindfulness of Breath and Body Awareness
- Identify unhealthy coping strategies under stress
- Learn effective ways to reduce stress and anxiety
- Guided Meditation: Body Scan
- Increase self-awareness and become more emotionally alert
- Manage & express emotions effectively
- The RAIN process
- Guided Meditation: RAIN
Kindness & Compassion
- Cultivate compassion towards oneself and others
- Improve self-esteem
- Accept yourself unconditionally
- Guided Meditation: Unconditional Acceptance
Mindful relationships & communication
- Improve your relationships by communicating clearly and listening attentively
- Develop healthy boundaries and deal with conflict effectively
- Guided Meditation: Body Meditation with the group
- Find optimal ways to overcome life’s challenges
- Develop emotional and cognitive strength
- Guided Meditation: Mountain Meditation
- Be time efficient and create a work/life balance
- Emotions regulation & Radical acceptance
- Deal with fear of failure and become more innovative
- Guided Meditation: Mindfulness of Thoughts
Gratitude & Moving forward
- Learn about the power of gratitude
- Cultivate more gratitude in daily life
- Reframing disaster
- Guided Meditation: Loving Kindness
What is included?
Conscious Beginnings is supporting the University of Queensland
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Our mission is to empower you finding well-being and meaning in life through Mindfulness-based Counselling & Trainings. We offer evidence-based corporate mindfulness and well-being programs, mindfulness courses, retreats, and keynote speaking engagements, as well as counselling and coaching sessions all over Australia.