1. Healthy Mind & Soul
Learn about stress and the chaotic mind, explore what sets you off (triggers), map
your own soul story, discover ways to embrace change and become a better captain of your mind & soul.
Mental health in a nutshell
Bad stress & good stress
Find your WHY
Neuroscience in a nutshell
Explore your 3 minds (chaotic, contemplative, compassionate)
Becoming a resilient captain of your mind & soul
The soul journey
The roadmap to meaning
Inside-Out: Operating out of our soul or centre
Presumably, the soul is located deep within the lower brain structures. Neuroscience has shown that the brain works from the bottom up and inside-out. Not, as we first believed, from the top-down and outside-in.
That means that the brain operates from the lower non-verbal, intuitive regions of the brain to the higher, more complex and verbal ones. Or, put another way, the lower brain could be seen as the ‘why’ area and the higher brain as the ‘how’ and ‘what’ area. As Nietzsche famously said: “He who has a why to live can bear any how”.
Say, for example, something doesn't ‘feel’ right when someone is trying to sell you something or get you to believe something they strongly advocate. Your higher brain acknowledges the verbal explanation for whatever it is that is being sold to you. However, your intuition or non-verbal lower brain doesn’t buy it. In other words, you might conclude “No thanks, it’s not that important to me” or “I don’t trust this person, so I’m not going to believe them”. Either way, your intuition or soul, the non-verbal centre, helped to discern the situation.
2. Learn To Read Your Dashboard
Learn about the mysterious interaction between your mind, body AND soul.
The word ‘soul’ is often associated with a deep connection that is difficult to explain or fully appreciate.
Think, for example, how challenging it is to describe the connection to your soul mate, soul sister or brother, soul music or soul food. Words simply can’t describe the experience well. Being tri-dimensional beings, this workshop is designed to help read your dashboard and sort out the different signals. These skills will help you to stress less, restore energy and move into a more purposeful wild adventure.
• Lonely rat race
• Stress & sedentary misadventure
• The body keeps the score
• Systems & warning signs
• Switch on your brain!
• Using anxiety as a teacher
• Processing emotions & triggers
• Enriched environments
• Living inside-out
• 8 elements of the life journey
Barnyard Geese by Soren Kierkegaard
“A certain flock of geese lived together in a barnyard with high walls around it. Because the corn was good and the barnyard was secure, these geese would never take a risk.
One day a philosopher goose came among them. He was a very good philosopher and every week they listened quietly and attentively to his learned discourses. ‘My fellow travelers on the way of life,’ he would say, ‘can you seriously imagine that this barnyard, with great high walls around it, is all there is to existence? I tell you, there is another and a greater world outside, a world of which we are only dimly aware. Our forefathers knew of this outside world. For did they not stretch their wings and fly across the trackless wastes of desert and ocean, of green valley and wooded hill? But alas, here we remain in this barnyard, our wings folded and tucked into our sides, as we are content to puddle in the mud, never lifting our eyes to the heavens which should be our home.’
The geese thought this was very fine lecturing. ‘How poetical,’ they thought. ‘How profoundly existential. What a flawless summary of the mystery of existence.’ Often the philosopher spoke of the advantages of flight, calling on the geese to be what they were. After all, they had wings, he pointed out. What were wings for, but to fly with? Often, he reflected on the beauty and the wonder of life outside the barnyard, and the freedom of the skies.”
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So, what can we learn for the Barnyard Geese story? Generally, our problem is not one of ignorance but action. That is, we cannot think ourselves out of an impoverished situation. Instead, we must have courage to read our warning signs, act on what we know and move toward an enriched environment (this a nobel prize idea).
Being the captain of your mind & soul means that no person or thing can take that leap for us. Indeed, if we look to the crowd for approval and think they're going to help us fly we'll typically be disappointed - especially when members of the crowd are not committed to flying!
3. Who do you think you are?
Discover the story that runs and often ruins your life, and learn what impact this story has on your life with others. Using our Life Story tool (6-8 hours) you’ll be able to identify major themes and tensions in your life journey, as well write up your own life summary sheet.
• Mystery & meaning
• Tensions between our real & ideal self
• Mental cages & mindsets
• Get to know your triggers & blindspots
• How to know yourself
• Life Story tool & summary sheet
Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters
I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost… I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in this same place. But it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in… it’s a habit… but, my eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
I walk down another street. - Annonymous
4. Rewrite your inner script
Humans are a bit like computers; that is, we need to update the software, otherwise the system may not work well. The first part of this workshop is an overview that examines authenticity, inner scripts and their impacts; adverse childhood experiences, different ego states (parent, adult, child) and an overview of the 3 minds. The second part explores patterns, themes and tensions from your Life Story (Workshop 3) to help rewrite your inner script. The last part uses practical neuroscience principles to reframe and rehearse your new script, shift neural pathways and develop a new operating system.
• Discover your authentic self
• Inner script & impact statement
• Adverse Childhood Experiences ACEs
• 3 Minds chaotic, contemplative, compassionate
• 3 Voices - parent, adult, child
• Life Story patterns, themes & tensions
• Rewrite & rehearse your inner script
• Using practical neuroscience techniques
"Life stories do not simply reflect personality, they are personality!" - Dr Dan McAdams
Life stories shape the identity we create throughout our lives. However, the stories we tell ourselves don't get fact-checked. Indeed, they become the inner script, or operating system, that run (ruin?) our lives; typically out of date, distorted and potentially dangerous. Therefore, it’s important to learn how to reframe and rewrite your inner scripts, so that key personal experiences and events become opportunities or waypoints on the life journey rather than a dead end road ahead.