Mindfulness results from meta-stating. That’s because when you meta-state you are stepping back (metaphorically) from yourself and your experiencing and becoming aware of your experience. You can do that right now.
Right now you are reading about the process of meta-stating (bringing one state to another state) and right now, as you are reading this, you have the opportunity to learn about how to use your self-reflexive consciousness in a precise way to make your life much better. By stepping back from your present state of learning (a primary state) you gain a larger perspective about your learning. Now if you consider this a good thing, then when you step back from your learning state and notice the joy and delight you take in learning, you create a meta-state of joyful learning.
In doing this, you have become mindful of your learning, and specifically the quality of your learning. What is that quality? In this case, joyful. And that’s because you layer a sense of delight about learning as you step back from your experience. Nor does it end there. Noticing this process, you could then amplify that delight by thinking, I’m actually pretty good at learning. Yet that thought (another mind-body state) does not just amplify the joy, it adds another awareness to your awareness of joy. In this you bring an awareness about yourself and one of your capacities, I’m pretty good at learning.

Running Your Own Brain

If mindfulness refers to expanding your consciousness and becoming more present and more aware, then the meta-stating process itself provides an important key for running your own brain. It enables you to take charge of the process of coming fully into the Now and being present and aware of this moment. That is actually an advanced form of mindfulness, one that many are not yet ready for. First they have to undo their negative meta-stating.
That’s probably why many seek to gain mindfulness by a passive mediation in which they try to not think. Actually, their problem is that they are thinking too much and thinking too much about the wrong things!
This especially works for those who already have the negative meta-stating in which there is a lot of internal chatter of judgment and self-criticism.
That form of mindfulness involves first inducing both a physical and a mental relaxing. It then seeks to stop all of the inner voices by which a person has learned to insult themselves or push themselves with demands about all that they need to do.

Whose Voice Is That?

What’s wrong is that over the years they have taken all of the voices of parents, teachers, friends, and enemies and meta-stated their commands, judgments, and insults. They now have a layer of consciousness in their heads torturing them. This is the inner dialogue that’s preventing them from hearing their own inner voice and that makes their inner world noisy, unpleasant, and even painful.
First then, they need to learn to meta-state themselves with a calm and quietness. They may use the NLP intervention of noticing their inner voice and changing its qualities. Where is that voice? What is its tone? Its volume? Then by lowering the volume, making it sound humorous or sexy, they bring these (so-called) sub-modality shifts to the voice and meta-state a change in the voice. You could also meta-state it with challenges: Is this voice speaking truth to you? Can you believe what you are saying to yourself? Do you want or need this message? Have you had enough of it?

Quality Control

These questions enable you to ‘quality control’ the noisy self-talk that confuses and stresses so that they are calmed and reduced and even dismissed as irrelevant today. They enable you to meta-state them with a new decision, you will no longer listen to them. The mindfulness that then results is a calmer consciousness, one of peace and patience. Now you are in a position to begin to listen to your own inner voice and move forward to a more authentic way of living that will be congruent to your beliefs and values.
Then you can engage in the more advanced forms of mindfulness consciously managing the higher levels of your self-reflexive mind. Now you can ‘step back’ and customize your consciousness so that it has the quality of peace and serenity that you want, of passion and excitement that you desire, of love and compassion that you choose, etc.

Accessing Personal Genius With Mindfulness

This is what we do in the Accessing Personal Genius (APG) [also called Self-Leadership]. First you identify the primary state that you want and from which you want to operate when you are engaged in a particular activity such as reading, writing, coaching, training, parenting, delegating, leading, managing, etc. Then you begin to set frames of meaning
(meta-states) about that primary state. What qualities of mind-and-emotion do you want about that state? Which state of mind or attitude do you want when you are engaged in that activity? What mental-emotional resources do you want? Whatever your answer, this establishes the kind of mindfulness that you’ll have in your genius or flow state.
So the good news is that it is your choice. You no longer have to wait until you are in the mood, or when the right external circumstances arise. You can choose to turn on that best state at will. This key to your optimal states is in your control. Now its your decision about how to ‘run your own brain’ and access your most excellent states for achieving the things that are important to you. And that’s what you will learn in APG [also called Self-Leadership], the flagship training of The Coaching Centre.
*This article has been co-authored by Dr.L Michael Hall [Founder of Neuro Semnantics] and Shawn Dwyer [Director Of The Coaching Centre and International Vice-President of The Meta-Coach Foundation].

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