Toolbox

I like to use the word Toolbox for this section because it is closely associated with the idea of technique. The word technique comes from the Greek τέχνη which means “skill” or “craft.” The best craftsmen are familiar with the best techniques and have tool boxes crammed with the best tools for the job. The pages under this section put tools in your hands that range from very ancient to very modern.

Each of the “Toolbox” pages is linked in the list below.

  • Basic Meditation
  • Meditation predates the Roman Empire. It is still used today in some form in every known culture and religion.

  • Pain Management
  • This applies meditation techniques specifically toward overcoming certain types of pain.

  • EMERGENCY!
  • This is an instant relaxation technique which must first be programmed with a ten-minute meditation. Once it is programmed it is yours for LIFE!

  • Thought Stopping
  • This is a heavy-handed technique for people who are capable of sharp self-discipline. It is a bit old-fashioned and has become controversial. It is so powerful, in fact, that it can cause temporary health problems if not used correctly.

  • The Pretender
  • This technique is very simply my name for the practice of “visualization.” Basketball coaches tell their kids to visualize the ball going into the hoop. Chevy Chase in Caddy Shack tells Danny Noonan, “Be the ball, Danny. Be the ball.” Comedy movie or not, there is something very profound in that lesson. By calling this technique, “The Pretender” you can transform yourself from a nervous person to a confident person by simply changing the way you visualize yourself.

  • Reward Schedule
  • Sometimes called “Reinforcement Schedule,” this technique was explained and developed very thoroughly by a behavioral scientist named B.F. Skinner. Skinner was able to obtain amazing amounts control over experimental pigeons through various types of reinforcement schedules. It is Skinner’s variable reinforcement schedules that keep people standing in front of slot machines hoping for that next big win.

  • Read Your Own Brochure
  • This is more commonly known as “Affirmations.” I can never remember what “Affirmations” are, so I call it “Read Your Own Brochure.”

  • The Art of Eating
  • Just a basic method of using the pleasure receptors in your taste sensations to amplify the pleasure of smaller amounts of food instead of seeking pleasure in larger amounts of food.

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