Excited To Launch Our New Program

April 20, 2015 at 5:08 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Our Vision: Informed, connected and empowered individuals believing deeply in their own and others potential.

It is so exciting to launch our second Explore Discover Act signature program this week. We have been so grateful to be able to support such inspiring School Communities over the past few years within our L.E.A.D. with Courage™: Stage 3 Leaders Program, a shared journey of exploring the possibilities, discovering potential and acting authentically. Throughout this journey we have reflected on the way the participants have engaged with the program, their developing purposeful skills, attitudes and behaviours, and how they have so inspiringly made L.E.A.D.ership real in their own spheres of influence. We have also connected and spoken with the teachers to see where we can be of even greater assistance to their School Communities, and ultimately followed our passion and belief in our Vision that is listed above. So it is with great pleasure that we get to share with you today our new Stage 2 Program.

We at Explore Discover Act believe:

“When we as individuals and groups make Choosing Kind a practice, we journey from the head to the heart, opening us up to deeper levels of presence, connection and compassion.”

The I’m Choosing Kind™: Stage 2 Connection and Mindfulness Program is an individual and shared journey that fosters a growing awareness and appreciation of the role of connection and mindfulness in our lives. The program provides the participants with an opportunity to develop understanding, tools and practices that support their personal and social growth and development. Experiential learning and ongoing communication are used to engage, inspire and empower participants as they integrate I’m Choosing Kindprinciples:

For ME (Effectively navigate empowering and limiting thoughts, words and actions)

With YOU (‘Strong Back, Soft Front’ – Practices that help us S.O.A.R.) 

Connecting US (Informed, connected and empowered individuals believing deeply in their own and others potential)

“How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!”
– George Elliston

The quote above is used to frame our I’m Choosing Kind philosophy. As individuals and groups we can easily fall into the trap of believing that our contribution doesn’t matter, we don’t have a choice or that feelings of being ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ justify harsh judgments or actions directed towards self, others or the world around us. This type of thinking drives disconnection, disengagement and disempowerment, therefore impacting our journeys of potential through limiting the difference we are able to make in our own and others lives. So how can we ‘be here now’ and effectively navigate our 21st Century world, full of busyness, technology and distraction?

“Mindfulness can be summed up in two words: pay attention. Once you notice what you’re doing, you have the power to change it.”
– Michelle Burford

Therefore, the I’m Choosing Kind: Stage 2 Connection and Mindfulness Program consists of opportunities for participants to, “Pay attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn). By exploring daily tools and practices that allow this to happen more consistently, and discovering the associated benefits of connection and mindfulness that ripple into all areas of our lives, the participants journey from the program inspired and motivated to build on what they have experienced. Explore Discover Act then further supports the participants and Stage 2 teachers through our EDA Kindness Crew Challenges and Newsletters. These form part of our commitment to fostering meaningful action beyond the program experience.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
– Dalai Lama

So now comes the fun bit, from planning and preparation, to facilitating, learning and developing this program to most effectively embody our vision, mission and core values. If you are interested in finding out more about us or our programs, head over to http://www.explorediscoveract.com.au

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