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Choice Awareness Training

Formula of Change

A break-through begins with a pattern break.

That's it: pattern interruption restores operational freedom.

Break out of the prison of pattern, Luddite of Consciousness.

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related: Choice Awareness Training: Mindfulness and Logotherapy in Treatment of Addiction (Somov,...
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The Right to Live is the Right to Die

New Scientist: "FEW situations could be more distressing. Femke, a girl aged 14, has terminal bone cancer, cannot tolerate the pain and wants to die. The Belgian government is proposing to grant such a wish. It wants to legalise euthanasia for children of all ages – the first country in the world to do so."

I've been saving my breath on this general topic for a pretty long time. It's time to exhale: as I see...
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Open Your Hand to Open Your Mind

Letting go of thoughts that bother you doesn't always have to involve self-talk.  In my clinical work with clients I tend to prefer a variety of experiential approaches.  Here's a simple experiential technique of how to literally let go of the tension that comes with the rumination.  I first described this in my 2010 book, Present Perfect, but I've been using it for years and my...
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Weak Willpower or Habitual Automaticity?

Adapted from Choice Awareness Training: Logotherapy & Mindfulness for Treatment of Addictions:

The act of will, application of willpower, and making of a choice are synonymous.  The term willpower, however, has an unfortunate connotation of varying strength, as if to convey that some people have a more powerful will than others.  It should be noted that the term “willpower” is not an inherently incorrect term.  When used in...
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Choice Awareness Training

Ego is a Memory

See the dog chasing its tail?

That’s easy.
See the tail chasing the dog?
That’s still easy.
Here’s the hard one:
You chasing your own “I.”

Ego is a memory.
Forget it.


 

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Self is a Stereotype: Correct It!
Choice Awareness Enso: Circle of Choice
Lotus Moment of Self-Discovery
Standing On Pure Lotus...
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Enso of Effortlessness

Choice Awareness Training exercises (continued)

Choice Awareness Training is designed to leverage a greater sense of freedom-to-change, to awaken the living zombie, to facilitate change-process (see a more detailed description of Choice Awareness Training in Make a Choice When It Doesn't Matter and Open Your Hand to Open Your Mind and Circle of Choice).

Exercise: Enso – Choice Awareness Calligraphy

(if new to this post-series, check Circle of Choice first)

Jung wrote: “It is not that something different is seen,...
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Encircle Yourself With Choice Awareness

Choice Awareness Training exercises (continued)

Choice Awareness Training is designed to leverage a greater sense of freedom-to-change, to awaken the living zombie, to facilitate change-process (see a more detailed description of Choice Awareness Training in Make a Choice When It Doesn't Matter and Open Your Hand to Open Your Mind and Circle of Choice).

The Circle of Choice – Practice Version

(if you are new to this discussion, see Circle of Choice first)

Draw at least one mindful circle every...
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Circle of Choice

Choice Awareness Training exercises (continued)

Choice Awareness Training is designed to leverage a greater sense of freedom-to-change, to awaken the living zombie, to facilitate change-process (see a more detailed description of Choice Awareness Training in Make a Choice When It Doesn't Matter and Open Your Hand to Open Your Mind).

Pattern Interruption: Waking Up the Zombie

George Gurdjieff, an early 20th century Greek-Armenian mystic, the pioneer of the so-called Fourth Way, prescribed pattern interruption activities (such as the use of non-dominant hands...
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