Yes, my father passed when I was young, almost 20 years ago. I started therapy only last year as I became aware of the schemas (e.g. pursuing grand accomplishments to relieve/prevent feelings of emptiness reminiscent of his passing) that have been affecting my QoL. There may be other schemas I could be unaware of as well, but the pattern I see is that they revolve around my father's passing.
Therapy has been great, however I've experienced greater effects through "self-therapy" using a combination of IFS, coherence and Focusing.
Scott's post reminded of memory reconsolidation. It seems to me that a "trapped prior" is similar to an "emotional schema" (not sure if that's the right term from UtEB).
If one can be aware of their schema or trapped prior, then there seems to be a higher chance of iterating upon it. However, it's probably not that simple to iterate even if you are aware of it.
I found the distinctions between the terms for attention helpful, as well as techniques to cultivate one’s attention.
For me, I still find the differences between mindfulness and awareness elusive. I’m not sure if I comprehend the difference.
For example, let’s say I go for a hike and at the summit, I gaze upon a vast, lush mountain range. What is someone doing to practice mindfulness at that moment. What about when they are practicing awareness?
My guess would be that if they are practicing mindfulness, they are “tuning” to their senses: seeing the colors, textures, breadth and size of the mountains; feeling the sunlight absorbing into their skin; hearing the wind breeze through their hair.
And if they are practicing awareness, they are evaluating the experience. “Wow, this is beautiful.”
Is that what the difference is between mindfulness and awareness? Did I conflate focus (concentration) on ones’ senses with mindfulness?
It would be helpful to walk through one specific example (like the one I mentioned above) and how the different “levels” of attention apply.
What works for you to cultivate rational thinking, if you are not doing rationality exercises?