Taking the Ken Wilber quote first, Mindgardens provides people with a “map” through the tools that provided to participants. We often feel stuck in our private prisons because we do not know how to deal with whatever is keeping us there. We may have problems with anxiety, or depression, or overeating, or chronic pain,or anger, or any number of other problems that just don’t seem to want to budge. We may end up viewing ourselves as victims or weak because we can’t solve our problems and the people we go to “fix” them may help with medications or other therapies, but the underlying problems don’t seem to go away. We are the passive receivers of their efforts rather than co-participants in our own healing. Mindgardens provides the tools to become an active participant. These tools are the map needed to see your way out of your prison.
This leads to the quote from John Dupey. Being an active participant means walking the walk as well as talking the talk. Without practice nothing happens and we are in a constant state of relapse. What we need to see lasting and permanent change is literally a rewiring of our brain. Unfortunately, we can’t call the electrician to do the job; it’s up to us to do the rewiring through creating new pathways. Luckily, we have found that the brain is much more plastic than we used to believe. Neuroplasticity not only means that we can keep creating new, more effective, ways of doing things, but that we can continue to add neurons throughout our lives. This happens when we practice new skills that are challenging. If you have never played the piano, learning to play takes practice and perseverance. or in a word, discipline. Mindgardens provides the opportunity to practice the tools and the support and encouragement over the eight weeks to persevere so that you can see for yourself whether or not the map is in fact a way out of prison. David Evans