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class one review

Primary Principle: pain indicates what is already well within you

Some Topics / Concepts / Principles explored in our first class

Mindfulness makes everything as possible practice

To Study the 'trap'

Learning to Approach

Avoidance = Negative symptomology

We will explore both Acceptance & Directive Strategies to inform our well-being

Preceding motivation determines outcomes

Learn the brain 101 'bio-logic' to help 'appreciate' our human experience and lessen the personalization of reactivity

Body is present – use as tool here

Sac of Sensor (BJ Miller)

Perceiving inside and outside of consciousness all the time

Practice is to listen – translate that data differently

Perception of threat may change


Regulate the threat that is here

Study components that make up our habits/patterns of stress

Context= care and consideration

Attitudinal component – curious open

Mindfulness as ‘acceptance practice’ premise what we resist = suffering

And, we need directive-

Add Deliberately to experience to work with the biology and consciousness

  1. Stabilize systems focus with mindfulness = acceptance

  2. Steer as in the example of breath regulation = directive

Anxiety – is all of ours

Rejection of experience creates resistance that can increase stress/anxiety

#1 understanding, care, consideration, appreciation- true interest in pattern here

#2 then wisdom that tells what to add or take away for different outcome

Difference between CARE and Comfort seeking

Trained to leave our experience = comfort seek= increase stress

Metric = I am less or more present, approaching or avoiding

How we make change

Reflect ‘I liked what happened’ to really know our experience, sense what happened, to recalibrate brain reward /memory

Practice is to remember smallest experience when GOOD/WELL or NOT

We have all been taught trained in certain ways

We will learn how to retrain

Know brain 101 bio-logic

Where am I applying acceptance/directive

Comes from desire to conserve, care, love system

We are paying attention to something all the time.

Our Brain changes both its function and structure with repeated focal attention.

So, we want to get curious about what's got our attention.

What patterns or habits we have gotten into that contribute to our well-being or our worry.

Just what elements make up the very quick automatic reactions.

#1 we need to see what is happening

#2 we need to care and be considerate

from there we can begin to discern what we need to add or take away to support the health of our system


history making machine

likes to save energy

likes familiar

does not like uncertainty

finds new = threat

tends toward negative bias

We protect only that which we love (we conserve) resources, each of us with our individual resources, we usually spend v invest  – when we begin to love ourselves, care consider v demand / should. ..


When we love something we protect it

We love only that which we understand (appreciate)

We understand only what we are taught

consider (v.)

late 14c., "to fix the mind upon for careful examination, meditate upon," "reflect on, consider, study," from Latin considerare "to look at closely, observe,"

"stretch, extend," and a sense for the full word of "survey on all sides" or "dwell long upon."

From 1530s as "to regard in a particular light."

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