EASY. ENGAGING. EFFECTIVE.
You don’t even do the practice.
You just coach your brain to use mindfulness.
That’s like reaching your ideal weight by coaching someone else to do the diet and exercise.
THE RESEARCH BEHIND
The research into mindfulness, neuroplasticity, and positive psychology is exploding! I am constantly digging into the latest studies and writing about the findings.
But perhaps the best way for you to check out the case for Mindfulness Pathfinding is my book STOP!
For any situation, problem, or goal, your best outcome is always one that improves the quality of your life in as many ways as possible.
That is “maximizing value-fulfillment.”
You have the all the inner resources you need to do this.
Research shows that for any project you have, at the level of your non-conscious mind, you gather and process relevant data about conditions and opportunities.
At that level you determine what steps forward will give you the most value-fulfillment. Your non-conscious mind is like your Navigator.
This guidance is communicated to your brain which is at the controls, so your brain is like your Pilot.
Your Pilot doesn’t always listen to your better informed Navigator. Sometimes s/he decides s/he knows better because over the years s/he has acquired a unique perspective of things which is now wired in.
The level of fulfillment you get, the quality of your success is a function of your Navigator’s guidance minus your Pilot’s interference.
You can help your Pilot let go of her/his fear-based biases, and reconnect with the better informed guidance of your Navigator.
THE PATHFINDING TECHNIQUE
When you do Pathfinding, address your brain, Pilot, as if s/he were a separate person. (This is “distanced self-talk.”)
1) Choose the “project” (situation, problem, goal) you want to maximize value-fulfillment for.
2) Ask Pilot, “If you think of maximizing value-fulfillment for this project, what comes up?” (Primarily, what thoughts come up.)
3) Wait and see what Pilot says comes up.
4) Whatever comes up first, any thought at all, before Pilot gets going on the subject, just acknowledge it by saying, “Okay, there’s that.”
5) Then immediately follow up by asking, “What else comes up?” You are interrupting your brain, and then distracting her/him from getting “attached” to thinking about what came up.
6) Acknowledge the next thing that comes up. “Okay there’s that. What else comes up?” And continue this process for as long as you choose.
Now, much of what comes up might not seem to be helpful in maximizing value-fulfillment for your project.
Imagine you are working on a jigsaw puzzle. Think of those thoughts as the puzzle pieces you pick up but can’t quite place yet. Just table them.
You can’t always see the whole picture while you’re working on it, but your non-conscious mind can.
What you’re looking for are thoughts (sometimes insights, inspirations, impulses to action) that you do recognize as helpful to your project.
But you do this without “trying hard.” Your brain is just looking at what comes up and telling you.
Sometimes, just like when you are trying to remember something, what you need might come to you later, after you stop Pathfinding.
The brain can be weird that way!
That’s all there is to it. You ask your Pilot (brain) one question and see what comes up. But I know you may want to ask me a million questions! I am here to help...
THE PATHFINDING PROJECT
and we’ll work on it together!