Mindful Music Listening (MML) has been derived as an online version of Regulative Music Therapy (RMT), which is a form of psychotherapy that utilizes music to expand one’s awareness and promote well-being. In MML, we are developing our ability to be more mindful in our everyday lives through practicing mindful music and self-listening. The method is inspired from Zen principles and was developed by Christoph Schwabe in Germany in the 1960s and is being used in Japan since 1980s, as well.
In MML sessions, while listening to various kinds of music, the participants are encouraged to move their awareness to different areas of their conscious experience, in particular, the music, their bodily sensations, and their mental processes such as their thoughts, emotions, and moods. After that, the participants are encouraged to share their experiences, so that the therapist and other participants can help them to continually develop their ability to expand their awareness.
In many psychological difficulties, symptoms persist and sometimes worsen because when we are suffering, we fixate on negative experiences or the symptoms. RMT offers a way to develop greater awareness of our perceptual experience which includes negative experiences and the symptoms, but isn’t bothered by them.
The primary purpose of MML is not to eliminate the symptoms, but rather to expand our awareness. The approach suggests that expanded awareness prevents us from both fixating on and denying negative experiences. The central principle of MML is leaving things as they are.
As a result, symptoms are often alleviated and we can become free from fixating on negative experiences. Through MML we can regulate stress-related tensions in our bodies and minds.
Difficulties that are often reduced by participating RMT:
- Excess tension in social situations
- Excess tension in performance-related activities (e.g. taking an exam, making a presentation or participating in a competition)
- Lack of concentration, distraction
- Getting lost in a loop of negative thinking
- Sleep disorders
- Psychosomatic symptoms (e.g. a stiff neck)
- Obsessive compulsive symptoms
Effects of RMT that are often reported by participants:
- Can cope with stressful events in a calm manner
- Can use time more efficiently
- Are not bothered by small things
- Can think “Let it be” and trust that “Things will work out”
- Can transition from negative moods to positive moods more effectively
- Can be at ease in social situations
- Are less prone to allowing physical ailments to affect their mental
condition and vice versa
- Are less irritable in general
- Are more aware of their own feelings and can more effectively express
There will be an assessment before and after the process to explore in what aspects participants might have benefitted from the program and to evaluate the impact of it. Participants will receive confidential information after the process.
DATES: 7 Setembro 2021 - 18 January 2022
TIMES: 60 minutes, from 6pm-7pm (GMT)
HOW MANY SESSIONS: 20 sessions. Participants should be able to attend all sessions.
NO. OF PARTICIPANTS: 8-18
PARTICIPANT GROUP: Everyone except people with psychosis and people who are currently experiencing acute episodes of psychiatric disorders
COST: 270 Euros
Özgür Salur is a music therapist and a mindfulness teacher. He studied music therapy in University of Jyväskylä, Finland at master’s level and received his mindfulness teacher’s training from Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
He conducted many music therapy workshops for university students and worked with people with schizophrenia in hospital setting. Özgür’s primary work interests are emotional awareness, using metaphors in therapies and bringing mindfulness and music therapy together.
In the World Congress of Music Therapy - 2017 in Japan, he presented on the subject: “Ideas for Music Therapy Interventions Based on Mindfulness Principles” and presented a poster in the European Congress of Psychiatry - 2017 in Italy, with the title: “Enjoying Expression: Using Metaphor Games / Improvisations for Increasing Emotional Awareness Level”. Özgür currently teaches music therapy and mindfulness courses at several universities in his home country, Turkey and serves as the country representative of Turkey at the European Music Therapy Confederation.
The limit date for registration is the 20 August 2021. After this date we won’t accept any further registrations.
To register in the course:
- Make the payment of the value of the retreat: 270 euros (normal rate)
- Payment can be completed using the box below:
- After completing the payment please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and date of the event you want to register with the proof of payment from your bank or paypal.
- After the reception of your email we will send you a reply confirming your place in the program and with information relating to the program including the ZOOM link to enter the virtual retreat class will be send closer to the program. If you don't receive our reply please contact us.
- If the program is canceled until the 1 August 2021 you will receive a full reimbursement of the retreat minus an administration fee of 20 euros plus fee for the international bank transference. After this date we won’t make any reimbursements.
- If the event is canceled due to an unexpected reason, Ser Integral: Centro Português de Mindfulness, will provide a reimbursement of 100% of the value paid for the program.
- The course will take place with a minimum and maximum number of participants (limited places available). In the eventuality of the program not having the minimum registrations established Se Integral: Portuguese Center for Mindfulness will have to cancel the event.
- The program is subject to minor changes according to the needs met during the course.
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