The dream of the original owners of the land in which the Jesuit Novitiate, Jesu Bhavan, is built was to have a “retreat centre” for Jamshedpur city and for the whole region. It took many years of hard work and careful fund-raising to make that dream come true.
Today, UPASANA is a well-developed Centre, offering almost around the year retreats, human development and skill training programmes, and other spiritual ministry. It is open to all religious and diocesan priests, men and women religious, church personnel, lay collaborators and social and educational groups, Christians and non-Christians. In the growing city of Jamshedpur, UPASANA certainly fulfills a much-felt need for a place of tranquility and peace.
Situated next to the Jesuit Novitiate on the banks of the river Suvarnarekha and surrounded by sixteen acres of greeneries, farm lands and a beautiful shrine of Mother Mary, it makes for an ideal spot for prayer, reflection, growth and development. With 32 self-contained rooms, it is able to deal with the needs of a fairly large group.
A N N O U N C I N G
P R O G R A M M E S O N
NEURO – LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING
Jan. 06-Jan.14, 2014
Basic NLP Skills
Advance NLP Course
Jan. 30-Feb. 09, 2014
Dr. Dick McHugh, S J (U.S) As Trainer
Piergiorgio Mennini, S J (ITALY) as Co-Trainer
George Anthony ,S J Programme Coordinator
Gestalt therapy focuses on here-and-now experience and personal responsibility. It was developed by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls, and Paul Goodman. The objective, in addition to overcoming symptoms, is to become more alive, creative, and free from the blocks of unfinished issues which may diminish optimum satisfaction, fulfillment, and growth. Gestalt therapy relies heavily on the interpersonal relationship between client and therapist that is developed and nurtured over the course of therapy. This technique is also classified as an experiential approach to psychotherapy because it involves actions that are both intentional and experimental to facilitate change.
The Gestalt Approach to Working with Individuals, Couples, Teams and Organisations
Gestalt theory and practice is a very effective and empowering change process for working with individuals, couples, groups teams and organisations. It brings greater understanding and awareness of how people communicate and relate to each other.
It is an integrative method with very accessible concepts and tools so that you can become much more effective in your personal relations and in your work setting.
Key ideas derived from gestalt psychology are that with heightened holistic awareness you will increase your ability to communicate with others responsibly and clearly, whilst appreciating that you are in relation. This can bring the experience of effective, lively change and satisfaction.
Gestalt is an existential/humanistic approach to understanding what it is to be human. It regards the individual as a totality of mind, body, emotions and spirit who experiences reality in a way unique to themselves.
The closest translation of Gestalt (a German word) is ‘whole’, pattern or form. It has the sense that meaning cannot be found from breaking things down into parts, but comes from appreciation of the whole, in other words, holistic.
Gestalt theory and practice always considers the uniqueness of the person, the couple or team in the context of their current environment/situation. It also maintains awareness of the continued relevance of the past environment; whether this is the individuals’ family, ethnic background or the culture and work environment which a team or group is working in.
Gestalt is radical in that it takes the perspective that we are always in relation – with others and with the environment. In this way it shares a similar understanding with ecological thinking, that we and our world exist is a web of relationships, in which change in one part affects the whole.
One important gestalt concept which is very relevant to this ecological perspective is that of field theory which is helpful in increasing understanding of how we are all part of groups and communities and contributes hugely to an appreciation and respect for cultural diversity and difference.
Foundational Principles of Gestalt Therapy
Gestalt therapy has at its core two key principals. The first maintains that experiencing the present moment in its entirety is at the heart of psychology, unlike techniques that give significance to the unknown or imagined. Second, each and every person is linked and connected to all things. Without acknowledging that we are in relationship with all things, we can never truly understand who we are. These two principals of present state and relational theory form the foundation of Gestalt therapy. By using a formation of ideas that outline the premise of life in a relational way, this therapy provides a unique and profound perspective on life as we experience it with its peaks and valleys. This technique provides insight into ways in which we can alleviate our current distress and also aspire to our maximum potential.
Focus on “Here and Now”
Gestalt therapy places emphasis on the current content of a situation in addition to the process of the circumstance as it unfolds. Rather than forming conjectures or assumptions as to the unknown, this method involves staying in the present and becoming aware of the feelings and emotions associated with the moment. Gestalt therapy teaches the client how to define what is truly being experienced versus what is merely an interpretation of the events. When the client becomes fully aware of this difference, he or she is able to identify the patterns and behaviors that need to be changed.
Benefits of Gestalt Therapy
Gestalt therapy helps clients gain a better understanding of how their emotional and physical bodies are connected. Understanding the internal self is the key to understanding actions, reactions and behaviors. Gestalt therapy helps a client take the first step into this awareness so that they can acknowledge and accept these patterns. Through a journey of self-discovery, this form of therapy also empowers a client with the skills necessary to face stressful situations. The answers lie within us all, and this wisdom helps each of us become more accepting of ourselves and others, which carries over into our communication, decisions and relationships. People who participate in Gestalt therapy feel more self-confident, calm and at peace. Gestalt therapy is an effective approach for managing tension, depression, anxiety, addiction, post-traumatic stress and other psychological challenges that prevent people from achieving a free and fulfilling life.
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Upasana C/O Jesu Bhawan
Old Purulia Road
Jamshedpur – 831 012