A mind management master is at all times mindful of their mind.
To become a Mind Management Master you need to complete the four foundations of mind management mastery.
Mind management mastery is about managing your inner experiences so that you can determine the quality of your life and managing your thinking so that you can determine to live a purposeful life.
We can live life chasing happiness or avoiding suffering.
A life spent chasing happiness is the most basic of a motivated life. We can spend our lives driven to achieve, endlessly striving to get to some other level of happiness to supplant that which has lost its ability to make us happy. As long as we focus on wanting, wishing, hoping, dreaming, yearning we are unhappy waiting to be happy. And even if we achieve some of that which we are wanting to achieve and attain a certain level of happiness, that happiness is necessarily short lived because whatever it is can never go on sustaining our happiness and soon enough we will be wanting, wishing, hoping, dreaming or yearning again for something else.
Mind Management Mastery is about learning to manage your inner experiences such that the quality of your life is self-generated rather than generated by external goodies. The power is within.
A life spent avoiding suffering is the most basic of an avoidant life. We can spend our lives trying to find shelter from the storm, avoiding risk, judgement, rejection or failure, striving to be a rock. We can readily spend a life under-achieving, being glad for the end of the day when no more can be expected of us, just glad to safe in our hidey holes. Mind Management is about taking charge of your anxiety ensuring you use your mind to help you live a powerful and productive life.
These four foundations are based on the work of Epicurius, an ancient Greek philosopher who spent his life exploring what it takes to be happy.
Foundation 1: MIND MANAGEMENT
Mind Management Mastery is first and foremost mindful. The process has to start with taking charge of your mind. A client of mine who suffers from severe anxiety said to me one day, “It’s my mind, why can’t I tell it what to do?” In this course you will practice telling your mind where to go. During this course you concentrate on focusing your attention, staying calm, acting deliberately avoiding impulsive behaviour and taking charge of any bad habits you might have developed. You start be completing an assessment of your depression, anxiety and stress levels. Then each day you focus all your attention on managing your mind. In the evening you report your progress, psycho-dissect your mind control and plan your next day. In the morning you will receive a response report. At the end of the course you complete another assessment so we can assess your progress.
Foundation 2: Belonging
Epicurius formed one of the first known communes in recorded history. He argued that in order to be happy we need to take charge of our minds, to belong and to practice freedom from attachment. While the first foundation focuses on developing our prefrontal cortex so that reason rather than emotion governs our behaviour, if we stop our development there we can become enslaved in a barren world, trapped in our self obsession. We are part of a process, it is a complex process, and includes significant suffering but it is also a glorious process and when we connect with each other we can become considerably more powerful and way happier than we can ever be hiding away behind our defences. The Belonging foundation uses the Gestalt notions of having authentic relationships. In order to belong we need to have an authentic relationship with ourselves, with others and with our environment. In this course you will deal with social anxiety, self esteem problems and practice assertive communication. MMM Belonging is a 14 day course. It builds on the skills learned in Foundation 1 and therefore Foundation 1 is a pre-requisite. Like Foundation 1, the course starts and ends with a psychological assessment.
Foundation 3: Freedom
The freedom in mind management mastery is concerned with freedom from attachment. We do not wait to be free from problems to be powerful and happy, we practice freedom of attachment to our problems. We can spend a whole life time waiting for something to happen so that we can be free to enjoy ourselves. We can wait to be loved, we can wait to be rich, we can wait to famous and in that process we can suddenly find that we have got old and then we can wonder if we missed the point. Or we can practice freedom from attachment. Foundation 1 and 2 are prerequisites for this course.
Foundation 4: Being Useful
The fourth foundation is concerned with expressing ourselves. We practice mind management to allow ourselves to live according to our potential rather than as a reaction to our fears. Imagine being free to be who you are. Imagine bursting with the joy of life and being free to be your most glorious self. The final foundation focuses on expressing who you are.