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The Driven Mind

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2004-05-11
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



First own the symptom of pressure by seeing that you are pressuring yourself, no one is doing it to you. Watch how you project this self-pressure onto others. Notice how your life is partially governed by this projection. Are you able to get in touch with the emotions driving this urge? Feel its power to control your clarity and choices. Experience the mind’s lunge toward activity and how the emotion drives a dependency on the outcome.

Write down the benefits you receive in being self-demanding. Across from the list write down the limitations of this behavior. Make a third list of the thoughts that drive the behavior. Now write down more objective and realistic thoughts with sane and reasonable assertions. Start substituting the sane thoughts when the feelings of pressure arise. Create a list of five or more activities where you frequently apply self-pressure and mentally rehearse changing your thinking.

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