Mind Body Mini-Course

Changes to controls for
Mind Body Awareness Tool v7 (not required)

The Focus button replaces the Shape button.
The Scan Direction button has been added.
Focused awareness is always Circular (Disk) Shaped.

Smooth Body Scanning

  1. Does breathing affect your body scanning?
  2. Do you get stuck on some parts of your body while scanning? If so, which ones?
  3. Do you prefer top-bottom scanning, left-right scanning, or front-back scanning? Is this always true?

Having a 'Jumpy' Focus

  1. When is a jumpy awareness "better than" a smooth flowing awareness? When is a smooth flow of awareness preferable?
  2. Do you notice patterns to your jumping awareness? Do you come back to the same spots often? Are you avoiding focusing on some things?
  3. What conditions make you jumpy? What conditions make your awareness smooth?

How Do You See Yourself?

  1. How do you see yourself right now?
  2. Does how you see yourself influence how you see other people? Does how you see yourself affect how other people see you?
  3. Name three conditions in which how you see yourself changes.

Awareness of Speed and Slowness

  1. What conditions make you speed up? What conditions make you slow down?
  2. Do you consider your life fast-paced, moderate-paced, or slow-paced?
  3. List two good things and two bad things about A) going faster and B) going slower.

Awareness Size and Attitude

  1. List three different attitudes people can have when they "think about the big picture."
  2. How big can you extend your awareness? How small can you focus your awareness? What size is your awareness usually?
  3. Say something about the quality of your awareness when it is A) large, B) medium, and C) small.

Seeing what Your Partner Sees

  1. Can you get into trouble when you don't see what other people are seeing? Can you get into trouble when you don't see things your own way?
  2. Do you think you can see the other person's point of view A) better than, B) about as well as, or C) not as well as "most people" can?
  3. Do you feel any internal resistance to seeing things another person's way? If so, why might this be?

Don't Block Your Partner's Point

  1. For how long can you not block another person's thoughts and words? Would you want to extend this ability?
  2. Would not blocking another person's words for an extended time help you get a point across to them later?
  3. What inner technique(s) do you actively use to not block somebody? Is it difficult? Does it get easier over time?

Practice Making a Point

  1. Name two or three ways you are used to making a point to somebody.
  2. Do you prefer making your points aggressively, mildly, or do you prefer not to think about how you make points?
  3. How does how you make points affect the quality of your life and relationships?

Mirroring What Your Partner Does

  1. How do you feel about mirroring another's internal processes?
  2. Have you ever felt, "I am behaving on the inside like so-and-so does (or did)" ?
  3. List three things you learned from practicing this exercise for two minutes.

Partners Completing Patterns

  1. When are you happy to complete a pattern someone starts? When are you unhappy trying to complete a pattern someone starts? When are you happy that you made yourself complete a pattern that you didn't want to?
  2. Think of a time when you started a pattern but your partner didn't complete it the way you wanted.
  3. What is the purpose for patterns in human communities?