Adventures In Self Discovery To Transform Your Life
We're all explorers in this life. We get trapped in our jobs, relationships, stories and self-image. You can break this pattern. Open up new ways of understanding and living. You will take yourself on a series of adventures, explorations and exercises. Insightful stories, anecdotes, practical exercises and role plays guide you to change. There is nothing strange, foreign, spiritual, mystical or magical about them. They are invitations into new ways of being, not directives. Imagine who you want to be and then recreate yourself every day from now on.
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In a rapidly changing world, you have to figure out who you are, how you got this way and how you can adapt to live in peace and harmony as a new human.
Chapter 1 Our Screen Experiment
You get shaped by the screens you watch on television, video games and smart phones. Social networking is changing every aspect of your life in unpredictable ways. Unless you are aware and in control of your thoughts and actions, you may become a screen slave, a difficult addiction to escape.
Chapter 2 How We Build Our Experience
You don’t directly experience the world as it is. Your experience of 'reality' is a best guess. It is based on what your senses tell you tweaked by your memories and beliefs, extended by your fantasies and merged with what you expect. Understand how your brain, body and environment build your experience. You will discover whole new ways of experiencing your life.
Chapter 3 How We Got this Way
Humans have been around a long time following pretty much the same patterns of living. Explore how your upbringing and culture shape and limit what you know and can do. Move into new self understanding and points of view to free your thoughts and feelings.
Chapter 4 This Is It
Right now is the only time you you are alive and can experience or do anything. This is the only time and place any change is possible. You can learn to accept yourself and the world as it is now. Then you are able to do whatever takes you in the direction you want to go.
Chapter 5 Paying Attention
Focusing your attention is how you take control. Being here and now in this body opens up new ways of understanding and living your life. Here's how to focus your attention to shape and move toward new experiences of a more satisfying and rewarding life.
Chapter 6 Feelings Are First
Feelings shape your experience immediately and strongly. Accepting and working with your feelings is the way you let go of fear and negativity. You can move toward a positive way of living and shape your feelings toward more happiness and peace.
Chapter 7 Who Are You?
Your personal reality is of an outer worldly experience and an inner world. You experience being a unique self. You are truly making up your own reality moment to moment. You can change your point of view and the way you think, feel and act to shape what is happening. Use the GRIN adventure to turn your experience positive every time. The challenge is to imagine who you want to be and then recreate yourself in that direction from now on.
Chapter 8 What’s Your Story?
You live by the stories you tell yourself. You have a life story and sub-stories about what happened and what might happen. Your stories are not you, are not happening now and often do not work. Your stories are imaginations, not reality. You can make up any story you want, try out new stories and let go of old ones that don't work. You can't get rid of the storyteller, that’s you. You can try out new beliefs, new stories and points of view that will change your life.
Chapter 9 How To Make Words Work
Words, grammar, logic and math are man made products. They describe but do not shape or constrain the universe. The words you use get in the way of directly experiencing reality. Words are just abstractions. We pretend a world of words matches the world of direct experience: it doesn't. Changing the way you understand and use words, grammar and logic will open powerful insights that will reshape your experience.
Chapter 10 What Do You Know For Sure?
You operate in an actual world and in an imaginary world in your head. Words symbolize and overlay your world view. What you think you know for sure quite often doesn't match reality. Here is a useful understanding of how the universe works and a method to test your knowledge. Use this method to ensure that what you think you know for sure actually is.
Chapter 11 How To Use Status, Power And Control
When you understand the workings of status, power and control in life you open possibilities for taking effective action.
Chapter 12 Getting Along With Yourself And The Rest Of Us
You can build a set of skills that allow you to get along with yourself and with the rest of us in any situation.
Chapter 13 Manage Your Health
Good health is your natural state. Learn how to maintain it and avoid bad practices to live a long and healthy life.
Chapter 14 The Digital Revolution
Our digital universe has quietly taken over, running in the background, running our lives.
Chapter 15 Take Charge Of Your Life
You built the habits and practices that make your life work the way it does. You can open doors into other ways of experiencing. Explore changes that can bring you closer to how you truly want to live. You can train your brain and body to produce almost any experience you want and are willing to work for.
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