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#3: Awareness of your Thoughts

Victor Frankl famously said, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” In this episode, we explore that space.

Key Quotes:

  • “Metacognition happens anytime we have awareness about our learning, thinking and other cognitive processes. But from a deeper level, metacognition involves meta-awareness, truly detaching from the mind to get the bird’s eye view from above.”
  • “There is a step between all of the things outside of us and our feeling, and that’s our thoughts.”
  • “We all think that we want to be happy all the time. That’s not true.”
  • “If that feeling is working for you- feeling frustrated or disappointment or angry…no one’s taking that away from you. It’s your life; you get to do whatever you want.”
  • “They can still be them, and it doesn’t have to affect us at all.”
  • “No longer does anybody have access to what’s in between my ears.”
  • “Jon Kabat Zinn is the mindfulness guy. He says the point is to be aware, on purpose, without judgement. It’s just information.”
  • “The thoughts are not to be resisted…There are no forbidden thoughts. They’re not good or bad. If they’re getting you where you want to go, then keep it. If they’re not getting you where you need to go, you can allow it to pass….And then intentionally choose a different one that’s a little more helpful for you.”
  • “There’s no more judging of yourself.”

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