Mindfulness & Self-Compassion
How often do you find yourself living on autopilot? As humans, we are creatures of habit, often doing the same things everyday in the exact same way; including showering, brushing our teeth, putting on makeup, making dinner, doing the dishes, cleaning, driving, eating, walking the dog, going to work (etc.) Many women who join our program report that they’ve been going through the motions of life, living out of habit rather than intention and feel disconnected from who they are, sometimes not knowing how they got to where they are. At Villa Kali Ma we understand that life can be demanding and stressful, making it hard to stay present and even harder to give yourself some slack and the tender loving care that you deserve. Our Mindfulness and Self Compassion group aims to help you pay attention to your choices, your habits, your thoughts and words, and your actions; all while showing yourself compassion, loving kindness, and non-judgment. We know you are doing the best you can and we are here to help you practice the necessary skills to make life more meaningful and abundant.
Mindfulness originated from Buddhist practices and has been adapted by many psychologists, such as Jon Kabat Zinn, into programs like “Mindful Based Stress Reduction” and used in various treatments modalities including DBT, trauma-informed care, and substance abuse recovery to assist in healing and improving overall wellbeing. By joining this group you will learn the skills needed to understand and use your mind rather than allowing your mind to use you. You will engage in exercises that help you stay present and aware, and discuss the benefits of not labeling thoughts or actions as good or bad, but simply noticing everything for exactly what it is and letting that be. Forming attachment to people, things, and thoughts often leads to unnecessary suffering. We have thousands of thoughts everyday, by learning how to just notice them with no need to label them or dwell on them you will bring more contentment and inner peace into your life. One of the most beneficial components of this group is the safe space provided to cultivate of self-compassion, self-forgiveness, kindness, friendliness, and openness to your own subjective experiences. Mindfulness trains us to accept, understand, and be ease with our own experiences, rather than resisting them. Pain + resistance = suffering.
The long term benefits that mindfulness and self-compassion brings include the ability to choose what we become emotional about and when it happens. You will start to train your ability to widen the gap between stimulus and response in order to control your impulses and make smart, educated choices that are congruent with your values and beliefs. The equanimity of pleasure and pain is part of the human experience. Pain in inevitable, however long-term suffering is optional. The cause of long-term suffering is clinging to or resisting the feelings and emotions that the pain brings. Releasing your suffering is possible by learning to tolerate the stress and unease in your mind and body by having acceptance and compassion for all that you are.
Although treatment facilities like Villa Kali Ma are wonderful places for healing and recovery and filled with wonderful clinicians and staff that are here to help YOU, the truth is that YOU ALREADY HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED to heal. Our goal is to empower you to tap into your own healing nature so that by the time you leave here you feel confident in your ability to stay on the path of recovery, while mindfully showing yourself the love and compassion that you deserve.