Benefits of the Sachetan:

Focusing Self-Awareness Program at Manovikas

The Sachetan program at Manovikas has shown remarkable results in helping diverse participants, including over 100 students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, special educators, parents, staff, volunteers, and visitors. These sessions, lasting at least 35 minutes each, have demonstrably improved the well-being and abilities of many participants.

Here are some of the critical benefits observed in the program:

  • Improved Behavioural Management: Hyperactive and autistic children have shown considerable progress in managing their behavioural issues. This can lead to a calmer and more manageable environment for the children and those around them.
  • Enhanced Attention Span: Participants have demonstrated an increased ability to focus and maintain their attention for longer. This is crucial for learning and overall productivity.
  • Reduced Stress and Overwhelm: The program’s mindfulness exercises have helped participants manage stress and feelings of overwhelm more effectively. This can lead to improved emotional regulation and a greater sense of calm.
  • Increased Well-being and Happiness: By fostering self-awareness and present-moment focus, the program has contributed to a general sense of well-being and happiness among participants.
  • Improved Engagement: The program’s focus on “being” present can increase engagement in daily activities at Manovikas and at home.
  • Enhanced Relationships: Participants have experienced better communication and connection through improved self-awareness and emotional regulation. This can strengthen relationships with family, friends, and caregivers.
  • Increased Self-Confidence: Mindfulness practices can cultivate a sense of self-acceptance and self-compassion, leading to increased confidence. This can be especially helpful for individuals with disabilities who may face challenges or limitations.
  • Improved Decision-Making: Participants can make more thoughtful and deliberate decisions by developing a greater awareness of their thoughts and emotions. This can benefit all aspects of life, from academic pursuits to social interactions.
  • Enhanced Creativity: Mindfulness can help quiet the mind and reduce mental chatter, creating space for creativity and problem-solving.
  • Improved Sleep Quality: The stress-reduction techniques used in Sachetan can lead to better sleep quality, which is crucial for overall health and well-being.
  • Greater Physical Awareness: Mindfulness practices can heighten body awareness, which can help participants manage chronic pain or discomfort more effectively.
  • Improved Communication: Students find their voice and are more comfortable openly expressing their views and thoughts. This can be a significant breakthrough for those struggling to communicate effectively.
  • Open Problem-Solving: The program has created a safe space for staff to discuss and address long-held concerns. By sharing “thoughts of the day” and listening to the wisdom of others, participants may find solutions to problems that have troubled them for years.

The Sachetan program provides valuable tools for participants to manage their emotions, improve focus, enhance their overall well-being, strengthen their relationships with others, and find their voice through improved communication.