Workshop Keypoints

Main Topics Discussed in Modules

Module 1

What determines if we feel glad, sad, scared, or angry?

Module 2

What are our different systems of thinking and how can we identify them?

Module 3

What determines the level of our feelings – sad vs depressed, concerned vs anxious, and angry vs enraged?

Module 4

How can we change the level of our feelings?

Module 5

If feelings are always valid, why am I not always right?

Module 6

Is there a type of thinking that is objective and non-judgmental?

Module 7

The art of practical authentic Observation Meditation and Self-inquiry

Module 8

Applying two practical methods to reduce the intensity of feelings & stress

Q & A Sessions

Two Q&A sessions added to the Workshop

The 8 Modules

Key Topics in each Module for Workshop 1


Module 1 & 2

Do external events MAKE us feel a certain way?

The ABCDE Model is explained which is at the core of cognitive-behavioral therapy taught by Dr. Albert Ellis.

How are our interpretations and underlying beliefs formed? Professor Daniel Kahneman differentiates between System 1 & 2 thinking. This is at the core of behavioral economics and also the first step to true self-awareness.

What is ‘intuition’ and how does it work? Can I rely on intuition to make life-changing and business decisions? ‘Intuitive errors’ easily become cognitive errors.

What happens when we dream? How is thinking in dreams so different from thinking while awake?

Why does your ‘control center’ weaken when you are tired, intoxicated, or very upset? What to do about it?

Module 3 & 4

Why do we feel a need to vent when we get upset or angry? Does expressing your feelings actually help alleviate your feelings or intensify them?

Why is it that the same event can lead to a different level of feelings for different people? Some people will react to a disappointing event by being concerned and yet motivated to make a change. Other people will react to the same event by being anxious or depressed.

What is the source of desire and attachment? Does the mind view a psychological need the same as a survival need?

A simple mathematical equation for understanding why we suffer from attachments and resistance.

Introducing ‘Psychological Self-Structure’ and how gaps in this structure are responsible for all our feelings and their intensity

Have you ever felt anxious about your anxiety or depressed about being depressed? What is the source of these secondary feelings and how can we break this cycle.

Dr. Albert Ellis brilliantly condensed all irrational general demanding beliefs into just 3 irrational core demanding beliefs.

Learn just 3 Questions that can deescalate any intense feeling to just an uncomfortable feeling.

Learn coping statements and 2 further questions that pinpoint the worst and best things that could happen to you if your fear materialized.

Module 5 & 6

How long does a feeling last? We will explore the American neuroanatomist, Jill Bolte Taylor Ph.D. and Pema Chodron’s perspective. We will explain why it seems a feeling can be prolonged.

Understanding why a feeling is always valid although it is sometimes generated by an invalid thought.

You will see how mathematical equations are the basis of all thoughts but when they trigger feelings, they are experienced as energy in the body.

There is often a conflict between the actual experience and the thoughts ABOUT the experience. For example, would you choose the same vacation if you were told that you had to take a drug at the end of the vacation, and you would forget it all?

A famous colonoscopy experiment displays how there is a crucial difference between an experience and the memory of the experience.

An extensive survey taken by the Gallop organization is discussed. This was the question they asked in the survey: Are you satisfied with your life or happy as you are actually living your life?
What is the definition of happiness and is happiness attainable?

We will explore a fundamental question that most people never ask: “Who am I?” We all have a sense of a ‘ME’. Is that a complete illusion? We must then inquire, is there any part of ME that is UNCHANGING?

We will introduce you to what we call System 3 thinking, which is different from your System 1 & 2 processes.

When you have inner conflict, there is wasted energy and a battle of energy ensues in different directions. When there is no inner conflict, all energy is brought into being and focus.

Module 7 & 8

The 4-4-6-2 breath exercise to destress and deescalate feelings.

Sama Vritti Breathing.

The only way you can sit in your neutral and unbiased center is by turning the mind inwards. “Observation Meditation” allows you to connect to this source within you.

For this Observation Meditation, you will set a timer for 5-10 minutes. Eventually, you can apply this observation meditation with your eyes open and in any place.

You will learn the 7-Step TEBA Process of Self-Inquiry “FYI SAFE”. This method can be applied anytime during the day whenever you feel an intense feeling. It takes about 3-5 minutes.

PowerPoint Samples

System 1 Thinking
Systems of Thinking

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