Mind Optimization Part 21: Practice when it’s Easy

Your best chance to practice is when it’s easy, and this prepares you for times when it’s hard. See everyday situations where you can easily exert change, and bigger changes will follow.

This video is part twenty-one of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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Mind Optimization Part 20: Bootcamp & Fractals

Small changes can lead to big changes. Snowflakes can become avalanches. You have to start somewhere small, to make something big happen.

This video is part twenty of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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Mind Optimization Part 19: Fractal Psychology

Everything in nature is fractal, where the same pattern repeats on different scales, from micro to macro. The same patterns present in nature – trees, ferns, are certainly also present in us, and our psychology.

This video is part nineteen of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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Mind Optimization Part 18: Slowing Down

Many people tend to think of things as black and white. Slowing down does not mean stopping. Most of us drive through life too fast and slowing down a little, can help a lot.

This video is part eighteen of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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Mind Optimization Part 17: Darwin vs Buddha

Our Darwinian drive helps us survive and succeed and our Buddhist drive lets us enjoy. Like the fable of the ant and the grasshopper, there is always a balance between getting things done and enjoying the fruits of our labor.

This video is part seventeen of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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Mind Optimization Part 16: Popping Out

A major goal of therapy is to develop an external observing ego – or more simply, the awareness that things are happening, not happening to you.

This video is part sixteen of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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Mind Optimization Part 15: Levels of Change

Change is hard. Most people don’t even understand there may be something wrong. For those that do, they still have to acknowledge the problem, make a decision to address it, and do the work of making the change. This is where guidance and coaching pay off.

This video is part fifteen of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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Mind Optimization Part 14: Giving Your Best

It’s hard to figure out what worked and what didn’t if you didn’t give it your best. Whether it’s a relationship, a career, or any therapeutic intervention – give it your best. So you know what worked, and what didn’t. Otherwise, there will always be doubt.

This video is part fourteen of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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Mind Optimization Part 13: PubMed vs Yelp

It’s easy to find scary stuff on the internet. Most people having a “normal” experience say nothing, and the outliers will go on to write the best and worst outcomes. Stay rooted in science rather than anecdotes. Having negative expectations can hurt.

This video is part thirteen of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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Mind Optimization Part 12: Tracking Mood States

We are terrible historians, and even worse with remembering how we’ve felt more than a week ago. Part of good science is keeping good records, journaling is an essential part of this work.

This video is part twelve of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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Mind Optimization Part 11: How to Use Meds

Tolerating wobbles. Nothing is perfect, and we should tolerate a small amount of variability and imperfection before we make the call on what works and what doesn’t. And every bump in the road is not always a cliff. Stay patient, stay optimistic.

This video is part eleven of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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Mind Optimization Part 10: Over Dialing It

Patience is key. When we force things to change too fast, we don’t give things time to work – and some things, take time.

This video is part ten of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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Mind Optimization Part 9: Achieving Stability

You need a strong foothold before you reach for something new. Some changes in life add stability, and others destabilize. It’s important to make things as stable as possible before taking on a new challenge or intervention.

This video is part nine of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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Mind Optimization Part 8: Good Science

With any change or intervention, good science is key – this simply means making good, sustained, trials and carefully measuring outcomes. Keep changes to a minimum, so you can see how things work.

This video is part eight of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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Mind Optimization Part 7: Why Use Meds

Why do we need medications? Because the pace and demands of life have become unnatural, and our biology cannot keep up.

This video is part seven of twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

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