Session Focus: Grow 2.0
If you’re not growing, you’re dying, so let’s continue our continuous growth journey towards our better self. By now, we should have aligned with a Growth Mindset. Let’s bring this concept to our daily mindfulness practices. Author Carol Dweck speaks about her book Mindset. She explains that a growth mindset allows us to see challenges as opportunities and enhance a neuroplastic mind. Those who adopt a fixed mindset, are busy trying to define themselves on how they think they are. We know that as humans, we are dynamic and constantly evolving. Let’s relinquish any labels, definitions, or rigid identifications of self.
TED Talks | The Power of Believing You Can Improve - Carol Dweck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X0mgOOSpLU
CBT 101: Now that we are aligned with growth, let’s learn the most prominent tool in psychotherapy. It starts with the understanding that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all connected. This is the foundation of cognitive-behavioral therapy. To understand this concept, please watch this quick video on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ngr2kG48Xvw
Click here for a CBT workbook: Please work on this throughout the week between treatments/post-treatments.
GROW EXERCISE: Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Prioritization
We are not our thoughts. We are not our feelings. We are a composition of all of the factors that affect our mental and emotional health. These factors include the physical, the psychological, the environmental, and the spiritual aspects of our life.
Let’s take inventory of our lives and start to prioritize what areas we want to bring attention to. Go through each of the following categories and journal all the factors associated with each topic. Then check off the sections you feel are in a healthy state, circle the growth opportunities you are ready to start working on, and star the issues that you are not quite ready yet to address.
Prior to low dose meditative treatments, focus on the circled items in your journal preparation and intention setting.
Prior to higher dose psychedelic experiences, focus on the starred items. It may be scary, but hopefully by now you’ve felt the ability to disconnect from negative emotions while under treatment. Allow your subconscious conflicts to arise to awareness and let your mind journey towards a newer, more empowering perspective moving forward.
Biological factors: medical issues, medications, substances, nutrition, cardiovascular activity, sleep
Psychological factors: childhood upbringing, past trauma, chronic stressors, acute stress, self-esteem, self-image, negative self talk, sexual health
Environmental factors: home life, work life, financial health, family, friends, daily influences, leisure, healthy social outlets, unhealthy habits, intellectual curiosities
Spiritual factors: belief systems, thoughts on mortality and death, connecting with nature, altruism and being of service, purpose and meaning
Talk with your integration guide or psychiatric provider to focus on ways of improving areas in your life where you feel stuck. Allow yourself the grace and patience to improve these factors slowly over time.