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Week 1: Emotions
Monday (January 11, 2021)
Click this Link for Live Session on 11th January 2021 at 9.00 AM Toronto Time
As we begin this course in Wellness, we need to understand where we are and where we need to be. This requires an understanding of the SELF:
order to understand the ‘Self’, we must first understand our emotions that lead
to thoughts and actions. Broadly, emotions are intense feelings,
sensations, or reactions aroused by events, thoughts, actions, or situations,
either occurring in the present or having occurred in the past or anticipated
to occur in the future. These are one's response to the surroundings; the
immediate environment (or perceived to be existing in our reality). These are
triggers that lead us to act in a certain way thus setting the ‘Cause and
Effect Cycle’ in motion either in a positive or negative way. To ensure our
Wellness, we must have the ability to recognize our emotions, analyse the
causes for our feelings, and direct them in a way that they lead to ‘Physical
and Mental Wellness’
This is a graded activity. You will receive a Badge only
on completion of this activity.
To own the badge, you are required to
do the following tasks:
Reflect on the points discussed and your own thought process during
class and present the same in the forum.
While reflecting, what were your questions or ideas that intrigue you.
Write those down as well.
3. Comment on at least
one other participant’s post.
Saturday (January 16, 2021)
Monitoring Emotions - Feelings
of one’s emotions helps us respond appropriately to different situations thus
aiding control our feelings making it possible to direct those towards more
positive and fruitful behavior. To do this, we need to take our mind off our
daily routine activities and look within keeping track of how we feel and
respond (not react) to the situations that arouse emotions.
Click on the Link above to join the Live Session on monitoring your emotions. Your feelings are like an operating system in a computer. Always at work . It will help you to understand how your emotions respond to various stimuli and how to monitor them.
Practice deep breathing- Breathing is a natural activity taken up by our bodies to
keep us alive. We are mostly oblivious of breathing most of the time in our day
to day activities. Practicing deep breathing will help create awareness and
calmness. It will provide a stable anchor to you among fleeting emotions and
the same, follow Meena Srinivasan’s (author of 'Teach, Breathe, Learn:
Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom') idea of the four Ts which stand for:
transitions, teatime, toilet, and telephone. Each time you move from one
activity to the next, drinking tea or coffee, using the bathroom, or checking
your phone, you are expected to take a couple of deep breaths
and come back to the present moment. Take three or four deep breaths and
ground yourselves physically to bring your awareness back to the present. It should help you calm down and
You are required to write
Meditation and Positive thinking:
Awareness and control on one’s own
emotions requires calmness. It
is that power which helps you to relax and witness the world in and around you
like you in the most profound manner that you have never done before. To
be able to start practicing meditation and positive thinking, follow the
in a relaxed position. Play some soft and soothing music in the background.
Close your eyes, relax and repeat to yourself: ‘May I be calm, may I be
safe, may I be centered’. Do this for 5 minutes every day or whenever you feel
stressed. This should make you peaceful and calm you down bringing your
positive energy on the forefront.
For those of you who would like to
explore some more, this is an added resource: Guided meditation is a process where you practice
meditation as guided by a teacher or a practitioner. This is especially useful
to those who find concentrating very difficult. You may listen
to Guided Meditation session whenever you feel the need for assistance in
directing your mind towards Positive Thinking.
There are many sessions available free of cost
online and on YouTube. You are encouraged to take a look and find out on your
own the things that work for you.
'Guided Meditation- The Power of Positive Thinking'
Participants may use this forum to ask questions if they have
any doubts about the content or about completing any activities in the course during this week.
Please add your questions, comments or/ and suggestions here. Feel free to answer each others questions and enhance learning.