What is Awake?
Awake is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Neural Linguistic Programming (NLP) and, Stoic Philosophy. Awake is a short term, goal-oriented program that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. The main goal is to change patterns of thinking and behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, therefore, to change the way they feel. This program can be used to help treat a wide range of issues in a person’s life; goal setting, eating or exercising issues, relationship problems, drug and alcohol abuse, or anxiety and depression.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy allows us to observe without judging. It brings awareness to our flawed perceptions and hurtful behavior through the clarifying and evaluating process. When we see things through a clearer lens, the old thoughts, emotions, and behaviors begin to dissipate into a heighten state of consciousness.
“Our sensorial perception of the world creates a false notion of reality. We are tricked into constructing a worldview and believing it to be the real thing. When it comes to understanding the nature of reality we are all shortsighted." -Plato's Allegory of the Cave
Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming).
Each person is created with an internal computer, the mind. Information is absorbed by the mind through our senses and is processed through different mechanisms. People's expressions of emotions, behaviors, and responses are the direct result of their internal processing. These actions and responses are then absorbed by their minds, reprocessed and expressed, repeatedly.
The processing mechanism is subjective to one's own unique experiences and external life events. NLP can be referred to as the operating manual for people's minds which can guide us through the necessary steps to reprogram our processing mechanisms when they produce unwanted expressions.
“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are”- Anaïs Nin
Stoicism teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions.
The Stoics proposed (as does CBT and NLP) that knowledge can be attained through the use of reason. Truth can be distinguished from fallacy—even if, in practice, only an approximation can be made. According to the Stoics, the senses constantly receive sensations: pulsations that pass from objects through the senses to the mind, where they leave an impression in the imagination.
The mind has the ability to judge —approve or reject—an impression, enabling it to distinguish a true representation of reality from one that is false. Some impressions can be assented to immediately, but others can only achieve varying degrees of hesitant approval, which can be labeled belief or opinion. It is only through logic and reason that we achieve clear comprehension and conviction.
“Make for yourself a definition or description of the thing which is presented to you, so as to see distinctly what kind of a thing it is in its substance, in its nudity, in its complete entirety, and tell yourself its proper name, and the names of the things of which it has been compounded, and into which it will be resolved. For nothing is so productive of elevation of mind as to be able to examine methodically and truly every object that is presented to you in life, and always to look at things so as to see at the same time what kind of universe this is, and what kind of use everything performs in it, and what value everything has with reference to the whole”
— Marcus Aurelius,
Three behavioral truths regarding motivation:
1) When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
2) A motivated person will not be deterred from achieving their goals.
3) Motivation can only be validated by the efforts made by the individual.
I look forward to being a tour guide on this incredible journey of life. The world may not change, however, the way we see things will never be the same!
“That a man can change himself… and master his own destiny is the conclusion of every mind that is wide-awake to the power of right thought” ~Christian D. Larson