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These workshops are available as one off presentation, half, full or multiple day workshops.
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Cultivating Emotional Balance

A happy and rewarding life is within our grasp and achieving it is a skill we can learn. Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) is an evidence-based training that blends ancient techniques for developing mindfulness, empathy and compassion with ground breaking scientific understanding of emotions. The course has proven to reduce people’s destructive emotional episodes, improve professional and personal relationships as well as helping live a constructive and happy life.

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Focusing on both theory and practice, CEB aims to give a genuine experience of ancient techniques made relevant to a modem lifestyle and world view. This unique program is the brainchild of Dr. Paul Ekman, a world renowned psychologist within the field of emotions and Dr Alan Wallace, a highly respected meditation teacher and scholar of contemplative traditions. It was developed in response to the year 2000 Mind and Life Conference that became the subject of Daniel Goleman’s best-selling book, Destructive Emotions.

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The Balanced Workplace: Cultivating Harmonious Teams

As presented at the 2013 Mind and its Potential conference by Eve Ekman and Corey Jackson.

• Participate in scientific exercises to increase your ability to identify emotions in others.

• Build skills to facilitate the regulation of emotions before they become ‘over aroused’ and create stress.

• Learn how to cultivate sustainable empathy and reconnect to meaning in your work and life.

• Learn the four components of CEB to increase confidence and reduce stress.

• Apply the core concepts and techniques from the CEB training to your professional environment

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In this fascinating and highly experiential workshop learn the key elements of Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB), a 42-hour training program developed by pioneering emotions researcher Dr Paul Ekman and contemplative scholar B. Alan Wallace. These skills can become magnified in a team environment, minimizing destructive emotions and communication styles. With the right tools to address these issues, team members can nurture and support each other and build resilience, essentially ‘stress-proofing’ the team.

The Harmonious Teams package presents modern research findings which explain how our emotional systems work in general and why we have the individual differences in emotional style that make us unique. We learn how identify and modify individual styles to compliment and support each other in a team environment.

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Avoiding Burnout & Empathic Distress

Participants will receive peer reviewed training in:

• EMOTIONAL SKILLS: Understanding the subtle mechanics of emotions and tools to identify them in self and others.

• ATTENTION SKILLS: Ability to stay composed and effective in emotionally charged situations.

• COMMUNITCATION TOOLS: Shared vocabulary to effectively discuss emotional situations within a team.

• EMPATHY AND COMPASSION: Techniques and understanding to increase compassionate concern and avoid spiralling into empathic distress.

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This material is based on Corey’s experience working with the staff at Hummingbird House Children’s Hospice and third year Paramedic Science students at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Those working in emotional situations and whose emotional state directly affects that of their clients and colleagues are the target audience of this series. More than mere coping strategies, this approach provides skills to transform challenging situations into a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm both professionally and personally.

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Attention to the details

“For the moment, what we attend to is reality.” William James

In the course of a normal day, our attention is captured countless times. Research has shown that we are more likely to notice things we consider negative even prone to see threats that aren’t actually there. This can cause us to focus too much on upsetting things and also to see neutral events and people as sources of anxiety and unhappiness.

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Attention training has been a part and parcel of many contemplative traditions, as a tool for achieving human flourishing. In recent years, modern psychology and neuroscience have been researching these techniques and found some of them to be extraordinarily effective in enhancing well-being and combatting conditions such as anxiety and depression. In fact, it is clear that we can actually take control of our own well-being by understanding and training in attention.

Being skilled in attention gives us the power to transform relationships, take control of our well-being and increase our resilience to adversity. Join us for this interactive workshop where we use modern research and ancient contemplative practices in a comprehensive approach to achieving happiness.

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Turning aspiration into action

For many of us, everyday life doesn’t always align with our aspirations and beliefs. Consider the evidence: a barely used gym membership, pristine looking running shoes, and a meditation cushion gathering dust. Never mind acting on the really big issues we feel strongly about. We might care deeply about local and global issues, but feel incapable of making a difference in the world.

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Reconciling our desire to do what’s right with the need to be pragmatic has preoccupied contemplatives since ancient times. More recently, modern psychology has also begun to explore this question. What both approaches find is that balancing everyday demands with a sense of greater purpose is critical to the healthy functioning of individuals and societies.

In the first of this series, we will explore ancient and modern approaches to identify what we need from the world and what we can bring to it, in order to cultivate a sense of purpose and wellbeing. We will examine why we don’t always act when we think we should, and learn simple techniques to help us move from what is limiting to more enabling behaviour that benefits ourselves, others and the world around us.

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Tools to better understand meditation

“Suppose that something is definitely proven through scientific investigation… And suppose that fact is incompatible with Buddhist theory. There is no doubt that we must accept the result of the scientific research.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The scientific study of contemplative practices is a relatively new field pioneered by visionary researchers.

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Their study of contemplative practices in order to simply reduce stress or stop smoking through to overcoming depression or PTSD has already been of enormous benefit to a wide variety of people. Nonetheless, the field itself has only taken what neuroscientist Richard Davidson describes as “baby steps” toward its full potential to assist in well-being and flourishing.

These workshops take a look at the state of the field today, the pitfalls it is facing as it progresses and the stunning potential it has to impact human lives in the future. Most importantly it cuts through the hype and presents tools to better understand meditation and the branches of psychology that are studying it.

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Improving professional and personal lives

Most of us choose our hobbies and professions based on what we’re good at. Talent and natural skills are often credited as the reasons behind this, but much of it can come down to our attentional profiles. There are different component parts of attention and we can be strong in one and still have difficulty with another. These differences can play an important role in determining activities and occupations that we like and dislike.

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This workshop is a discussion of what makes up attention and how it affects our lives, using research and techniques from psychological and contemplative points of view. With an emphasis on genuine relaxation as a precursor to finely tuned attention, we learn practices that improve our focus. Most importantly, we discuss how this can benefit our personal and professional lives.

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