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Well-being and Personal Development

  • The Well-being and Personal Development service is available to offer people the opportunity to learn how to become active agents in the role of taking care of their well-being.

    The concept of well-being that we use here is related to a set of particular experiences that promote within persons the possibility to feel fulfilled, involved and connected with themselves and their lives, empowering them to continuously search for personal development in the midst of their existential challenges.

    The operationalization of this specialty is done by learning two simple, natural and sustainable self-healing methods, called Focusing and Mindfulness. They are proven approaches in the efficiency of optimizing subjective mind states and ways of relating with our daily challenges.

    Focusing
    Focusing was created by Eugene Gendlin in the seventies, an APA (American Psychology Association) awarded psychologist for outstanding contributions in the field.
    It is a particular form of attention that is mainly focused in the organism and in encompassing and interacting with the vast implicit knowledge of our bodies, in a way that allows us to listen and to better understand its signs and sensations.

    Most specifically, Focusing teaches us to naturally pause the frenetic ongoing daily situations in which we encounter ourselves, in order to create an inner space of presence that opens up new possibilities and movements in our state of minds.

    By becoming naturally and gradually accustomed with this inner space of presence, each person learns to access a sort of an autonomous inner compass that clearly gives them a sense of direction for their lives or for concrete situations.

    Focusing can be practiced individually with substantial gains but its major value comes from working in a partnership with another person familiarized with the steps of the process. This way, whoever comes to this appointment can gain much more if he or she brings someone they trust, in order to learn the initial steps of the Focusing process. Consequently, both of them will earn sufficient autonomy and sustainability to further develop this ability in their lives.

    At the Clínica do Poder there are 3 available options to seek for this method. The Learning phase (5 sessions dedicated to learning the method), the Maintenance phase (destined to persons that have already learned the method but wish to maintain and improve their practice) and finally participating in Focusing Groups (groups of eight people max that meet once a week for 16 times).

    Focusing is suitable to everyone that needs to:

    • Really understand what they are thinking and feeling;
    • Overcome obstacles, make decisions and resolve problems creatively;
    • Become more attentive, friendly and emphatic with themselves and others;
    • Find relief for tensions and chronic pain;
    • Empower autonomy of thought and action towards external belief systems;
    • Become more aware and self- protective of manipulative processes among other persons;
    • Integrate body, mind and spirit;
    • Deepen the meaning of their personal activities and relationships.


    Mindfulness
    Mindfulness is a practice inspired in Buddhist meditation and has the objective of promoting the particular ability of connecting with our own present experience without judging it, creating a state of consciousness where we can learn how not to be constantly taken by our worries, self-critics and wavering´s of the mind. Many of the times our mind is working in auto-pilot and occupied with activities that create states of anxiety, stress and confusion.

    In order to manage the external complexity of being-in-the-world it is helpful to find an inner clarity that allows us to use our minds properly. Mindfulness fulfills this purpose by empowering positive and concrete general effects of well-being and functioning as a type of mental hygiene tool towards potentially disruptive daily situations.

    Jon Kabatt-Zinn was the man that most contributed to the Mindful revolution that is happening all over the world. We can practice mindful attention in various ways, however, working and bringing awareness to our breath is the most popular one since it enables us to achieve physiological and musculoskeletal benefits that improve blood pressure, reduce chronic tensions associated with work and oxygenate the brain, making him more creative, flexible and able.

    At the Clínica do Poder we have two types of sessions for Mindfulness, the Learning ones (5 sessions to teach the method) and the Maintenance ones (free sessions for persons that already learned the method but wish to maintain and improve their practice).

    Mindfulness is suitable to everyone that:

    • Finds it difficult to sustain their attention in what is going on in the present;
    • Have the tendency to do everything in a fast rhythm, eager to reach their objective but without paying attention to what´s going on around them;
    • Have a feeling of living in an automatic state, rushing from one activity to another without really enjoying them;
    • Need to optimize their resilience, productivity, creativity and decrease their work absenteeism.

    Although both Focusing and Mindfulness work from an attitude of openness, acceptance and non-judgmental attention, they are slightly different in the way they intent us to relate with things we might be thinking, feeling or getting worried about.

    In fact, Mindfulness offers us a wonderful way of working with our minds and managing situations because we´re able to connect to the present moment by becoming more consciousness of our breathing, which in turn brings us a sense of more spaciousness inside and the ability to learn how not to become so attached with things.

    Focusing also uses this same kind of attention and achieves similar effects, nevertheless, instead of directing our attention towards our breathing and avoiding the attachment towards the things that might appear in our consciousness, Focusing tries to explore and interact with those things, in order to clarify what might be implied behind a feeling or a sensation.