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  • Western Mindfulness Page

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© 2019 by Russell Sturgess

Two Rationales

There are two approaches to learning how to adopt the practice of Western Mindfulness. While researching its roots, Russell discovered that The Beatitudes from the Sermon of the Mount were foundational to this Western approach to mindfulness. The Beatitudes revealed an eight-step strategy for retraining the mind. Russell was able to formulate a mentoring program from that strategy that would be called Beattitudinal Coaching.
During this same time, the new developments in neuroscience began to emerge and seeing the parallel between those principles and his own work, Russell decided to formulate a mentoring program devoid of any Christianity. This saw Beattitudinal Coaching morph into the Enhances Awareness Program and C.H.A.S.M., being more aligned with the scientific rationale. With the pendulum of approach having swung to the two extremes, Russell more recently decided that there was scope for the program to be delivered from both perspectives. 

The Pathways to Mindfulness now has two models, one based on neuroscience, called C.H.A.S.M. and one that is Christian aligned, called The Beatitudes. You can decide which approach you would prefer to use.

C.H.A.S.M.
 

C.H.A.S.M. is an acronym for the 5 Steps that are used in the Pathways to Mindfulness program. The first four letters (C.H.A.S.) represent the process for creating awareness. The last letter (M) is about how to be more mindful of your enhanced awareness. This 5 Step Program changes your brain, and therefore your life. Over the course of the eight sessions you will engage in the following:

 

C - Identifying your Current Reality: Using the Awareness Profiling tool of The Awareness Brief, and in the case of professionals and organisations, an industry-standard test for engagement at work (the MBI), you will get to objectively determine your current state of awareness and its associated impact. 

H - Are you Self-Honouring: How self-honouring you are is a direct reflection of how you see your worth. This part of the program gives you an opportunity to identify what you perceive your worth to be and how that perception impacts on your life. 

A - Explore a better serving Alternative Reality: You will identify one aspect each from how you experience life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, that you don't do well. You’ll then consider how your life would change for the better if your were more aware and mindful of doing those aspects in a more serving way.

S - Develop a Strategy: Here you work out a strategy for how to bridge the gap between your current reality and a better serving one. Even though you will not use your ‘personal will’ to adopt the strategy, your brain needs to know that the change is achievable. 

M - Being Mindful: Here you get to invent practical ways to remember that in every thing you do, you can choose a better serving thought, feeling or action. It is remembering that any impetus to change is only sustainable when it is naturally motivated by the desire to be more self-honouring. 

C.H.A.S.M. is an acronym for the 5 Steps that are used in the Pathways to Mindfulness program. The first four letters (C.H.A.S.) represent the process for creating awareness. The last letter (M) is about how to be more mindful of your enhanced awareness. This 5 Step Program changes your brain, and therefore your life. Over the course of the eight sessions you will engage in the following:

 

C - Identifying your Current Reality: Using the Awareness Profiling tool of The Awareness Brief, and in the case of professionals and organisations, an industry-standard test for engagement at work (the MBI), you will get to objectively determine your current state of awareness and its associated impact. 

H - Are you Self-Honouring: How self-honouring you are is a direct reflection of how you see your worth. This part of the program gives you an opportunity to identify what you perceive your worth to be and how that perception impacts on your life. 

A - Explore a better serving Alternative Reality: You will identify one aspect each from how you experience life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, that you don't do well. You’ll then consider how your life would change for the better if your were more aware and mindful of doing those aspects in a more serving way.

S - Develop a Strategy: Here you work out a strategy for how to bridge the gap between your current reality and a better serving one. Even though you will not use your ‘personal will’ to adopt the strategy, your brain needs to know that the change is achievable. 

M - Being Mindful: Here you get to invent practical ways to remember that in every thing you do, you can choose a better serving thought, feeling or action. It is remembering that any impetus to change is only sustainable when it is naturally motivated by the desire to be more self-honouring. 

The Beatitudes
 

The Pathways to Mindfulness program covers the first four Beatitudes, which results in righteousness, a life devoted to being kind. Kindness is defined by the physical works of mercy described in Jesus’ Parable of the Sower (feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the sick etc). This reflects the second of his two commandments; to love your neighbour as yourself. The last four Beatitudes results in a life devoted to loving kindness, which are the spiritual works of mercy described in the Beatitudes (turn the other cheek, love your enemies etc). This reflects the first of his two commandments; to be completely devoted to the love of God. This second part of the Beatitudes will be delivered in a new program called Pathways to Peace, which will be available in 2020. 

 

Blessed are the poor in spirit: Typically, you only become interested in making changes when you become overwhelmed by some form of physical, mental, emotional or spiritual pain. This is the state of being poor in spirit. Only then will you stop and consider your Current Reality. The reason that being in this place is a blessing, is that those who see but can’t perceive, and those that listen and can’t hear, and those who hearts are hardened, won’t be able to change. The Awareness Profiling tool and identifying your programmed belief of worth-less-ness (your story) brings understanding to this Dark Night of the Soul experience. 

Blessed are those who mourn: Mourning is the liminal space beyond grief. When you grieve, you are attached to the thing you have lost, which is linked to your being poor in spirit. Mourning is finding a consciousness of gratitude for what you have lost and gaining clarity of the gifts and blessings it brought. It’s in this place that you begin to see your true worth and entertain the idea of a life that is more Self-Honouring. Only now is there sufficient ‘comfort’ to begin to imagine the possibility of an Alternative Reality. In mourning you can see new possibilities, which can’t be done when you are still grieving.

Blessed are the meek: The vessel of the mind has been emptied and can now be refilled with kinder thoughts, feelings and actions that are a natural expression of someone motivated to be self-honouring. Being both open minded and open hearted you can now hear and consider any guidance you might receive. Whether from a mentor, intuition or even the Still Small Voice, you will be able to construct a Strategy that that will make it possible for you to ‘turn’ from fear to love. 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness: In the context of Western Mindfulness, ‘hunger and thirsting after righteousness’ is about having total devotion to remembering that in every moment you can choose to be kinder to yourself, to others and to the environment. ‘When you have done it to the least of these…you have done it to me’. The key here is hunger and thirst. This suggests a deep desire that motivates change. In Pathways to Mindfulness, this deep desire arises from staying Mindful. As Paul said in his letter to the Romans, ‘Be transformed by the renewing of your mind’, which really is all about being mind-full.