Emotional Awareness Institute was established in June 2015 as a nonprofit organization(501C3) to prevent emotional roadblocks, address emotional issues and just plain improve communication within relationships of any kind. To have a healthy relationship we need to know ourselves, we as a society, culture etc wait until issues grow larger to learn about who we are in psychotherapy. At EAI we wonder why wait. Emotions will drive you to places you don’t want to go more often than not.
The old adage is the better you know yourself the better you know other people. We believe the world would be a better place if we start early emotional awareness education. Closely related to emotional intelligence, emotional awareness is prelude to knowing oneself and identifying one’s emotions. This approach can be taught and we have successfully run classes teaching individuals about their own emotional makeup. This is not therapy; this is purely education in that we are teaching techniques that can be applied to oneself. By applying these techniques an individual will grow their self awareness and thus their emotional intelligence will increase. Success is often equated with emotional intelligence and so is leadership. By applying these techniques we will increase an individual’s ability to develop grit and/ or resilience along with increasing their empathy and compassion.
Programs we offer:
1) Apps and curriculum- currently we have the app InnerView on all android and iphones. This app can be downloaded free. Curriculum is currently being designed to support our app and be used in schools to develop emotional awareness.
2) LifeStories – in this program we are working with individuals to record their life stories. We will provide a videographer along with an editor to record and produce and individual’s life story. A story will include each person’s journey to find their true self and the lessons they learned on the way. Their story will include What they want recorded and passed down to their families as their legacy. We believe that we have emotional scripts and knowing where we came from can help support a choice between where we came from and where we want to go in life. By listening to our family member life stories we can learn, grow and always remember where we came from and do not need to recreate it unless it works in our lives.
3) Trainings in Emotional Awareness – comes out of; the better we know ourselves the better we know others. Emotional Awareness is needed to develop grit and/or resiliency.
We offer these trainings in a variety of ways:
A) Classes that are offered on Emotional Awareness on a weekly basis: these trainings are for schools, seniors, teens etc. Our classes generally go over four emotional categories: Anger, Sadness, Happiness and Fear. We discuss how to identify these feeling, what they do for us in our lives and where we feel them in our bodies.
B) We also offer Life stories classes to support individuals in identifying their true selves which will define their stories and make them more relatable for others.
C) Teen and Senior Mentor Program- this program is provided to Senior Centers and Homes to team up high school students and seniors to apply the InnerView App and help a senior record their life story. This program is to both support the senior in finding their true self and get that recorded and also teach teens how to relate to seniors and connect in a deeper way. Classes are available for training High School students in how to use the app effectively and how to get to the seniors true self.
4) Connecting Generations Through Life Stories – an opportunity for seniors to get in touch with their own lives and leave a legacy for their families. Learn how to tell your own story and ask questions through working with students or by bringing your own grandchild so you can tell your story and they can tell their own story. This process ends in making a video or audio tape of your story that can be watched or listened to by your loved ones for generations to that follow. Sign up today to give your family the best gift you can give them!
This program is offered for zero cost through a grant with the City of San Jose. We offer it on Tuesdays April 4-June 13 at the Mayfair Community Center ( 2039 Kammerer Ave, San Jose 95116) from 2:30pm to 4:30pm and Thursdays April 6-June 15 at the Willow Glen Community Center ( 2175 Lincoln Ave San Jose 95125) from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Each program is 11 weeks. Please contact Judy May at (317) 432-0408 with further questions. There is still space open at both centers. It is not to late to sign up but please do so today!!