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DietHobby & The Three Principles
- POSTED ON: Aug 23, 2016

DietHobby sells nothing.
No advertisements.
No specific diets, ways-of-eating, lifestyles, or non-diets. No books, clubs, supplements, foods, memberships.
DietHobby   is my personal experience in weight-loss and maintenance blog. All issues are addressed in a one-size-does-NOT-fit-all way as they interest me or apply to me.  I use DietHobby as a digital scrapbook, where I post and index - in a way that I find artistically satisfying - my thoughts, as well as writings, pictures and videos that I consider interesting or helpful.

Although this website is open to interested others, and it has many members and subscribers, all posts at my DietHobby website are first and foremost for me, personally. At age 70 I've lost any desire I ever had for fame and fortune, so although I sometimes share DietHobby posts in specific online groups, I make no efforts to "promote" this website.  At any time, a DietHobby member can easily change their choice to receive or not receive e-mail notifications of new posts.

As the many posts in the DietHobby ARCHIVES will show, I do lots of personal experimenting with different types of diets, lifestyles, ways-of-eating. I find that reviewing my previous posts is personally very helpful.

When I am involved in specific diet experiments, my posts tend to focus on that particular area.  At this time, I am interested in learning about how a Three Principles approach might help me better deal with food issues, so there are frequent additions to my Blog Categories: "The 3 Principles"  collection here in my DietHobby scrapbook.

Note: This article has been bumped up for new viewers.  It was originally posted in June 2015.

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Review of the Three Principle Concept
- POSTED ON: Aug 23, 2016


As part of my ongoing Dieting Hobby, and my personal weight and food struggles, I've been investigating and experimenting with the Three Principles concept, which involves a shift away from the techniques of traditional Psychology.

The following article is an interesting, and thoroughly researched, overview of these concepts by a Cal Poly professor. He does not appear to a "practitioner", nor does he seem to support or to oppose the "Three Principles", and I find his outside perspective to be of value.
 

A Unified Field Theory of the Interior Life  (The 3 Principles)

         by Robert Inchausti, PhD

“Everything rests on a few ideas that are fearsome and cannot be looked at directly.” —Paul Valery

Sydney Banks (1931–2009) was a Scottish welder who had a mystical experience in 1973. He wrote a few books about his spiritual revelations and gave lectures. More importantly, he transformed the lives of a cadre of “post-therapy” psychotherapists who recast his ideas under variety of names, most notably “Health Realization Therapy” and “The Psychology of Mind.”

Banks’ ideas are currently experiencing a new resurgence under the moniker “The Three Principles.” Put simply, “The Three Principles” are a way of looking at the relationship between mind, thought, and consciousness that offers a kind of unified field theory of the interior life. Human beings are experience-generating animals, but the individual experiences we generate are the product of thoughts. It is our thoughts that shape the formless unknown into meaningful events and images. This is both a useful and disorienting thing since the process of human thinking takes us away from the limitless potential of absolute reality for the sake of a single, limited event or interpretation.

As a result each one of us lives in small, separate, psychological worlds of our own making. The problem is that we innocently believe that these worlds are outside of us, shaping our lives, when they are actually created from the inside out. When we move more deeply into these little worlds by thinking, we move even further from reality (limitless potential) into various narrow, imagined roles, needs, and identities.

This is really not something we can overcome. Human beings, by nature, must give up consciousness to engage in tasks and projects, and so end up innocently assuming their perceptions reflect reality when they are almost always and inevitably what the psychologists call projections.

We take our moods and insecurities as directives to think harder or take even more control over our lives — lives which we have already cut down to fit our small, particular culture-bound ambitions. The better road to mental health and happiness is to see these uncomfortable feelings as a signal to question our beliefs in order to rise to a higher level of consciousness.




According to Banks, our insecure feelings and anxious perceptions are always the product of emotionally driven ego states...


Train of Thought
- POSTED ON: Aug 22, 2016

My emotions come from my own thoughts.  I am always feeling my own thinking.

I feel fear when the world I create inside my head seems like a dangerous place.

All kinds of thoughts pass through our minds, and as a part of the human design, those thoughts get experienced as feelings.

Imagine that the mind is like a train station. There are trains leaving all the time to any destination you can think of. Some trains will take you up into the mountains of ecstasy; others will take you down into the depths of despair. Some leave the station quickly but then lose steam and drop you off in the middle of nowhere. Others are slow to start but over time take you exactly where you want to go, even if you didn’t know where that was when you first got on board.

Now, imagine there was a foolproof way to instantly know whether a particular train of thought was taking you somewhere good. You wouldn’t have to ride the train all the way to its destination to find out where it was headed; you could simply hop off at the next station and wait for another train to come along.

 This is the role of fear in the human system:

Whenever you feel fear (or despair, or hopelessness, or anger, or any of the variations on that theme), it’s the design of the human system letting you know where that train of thought is heading.

It’s telling you to be still – to hop off that train as soon as you can, and wait for a new stream of thinking to come along.

It’s not telling you anything about the world or even about your capability – it’s simply telling you there’s nothing good waiting for you at the end of this particular train of thought.

It’s like pain – you feel a little bit of pain when you accidentally put your hand too close to a flame to prevent you from feeling a lot of pain if you continue on towards the fire. The discomfort of fear is there to warn you of the larger pain you’ll feel, if you continue on down that same thought path.

When I feel unwelcome emotions, and I remind myself that I am feeling my own thinking, it actually does reduce the intensity of that unpleasant emotion.  I’ve learned that If I remember to do this when I feel afraid, my fearful thoughts do become less frightening, and they go away more quickly.

We live in a world of thought. Every thought we have will eventually pass and will then be replaced other thoughts.  Thoughts come and go at random, and the more we focus on any particular train of thought, the longer it will stick around.



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Freedom from Binge Eating
- POSTED ON: Jun 03, 2016

See Video Below
by Dr. Amy Johnson,

author of




The Little Book of
Big Change:

The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit

 

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Habits are the Solution, Not the Problem
- POSTED ON: Apr 14, 2016

Below is a thought provoking article.

 
Habits are the Solution, Not the Problem

by

Dr. Amy Johnson Ph.D.



There’s something quite intuitive about the fact that the more attention we pay something the more a part of our experience it becomes.

Shower your plants, children, hobbies, or relationships with attention and they not only thrive, they become a bigger part of your life.

Stare at–or even just think about–that cut on your leg and suddenly you feel the pain. It’s been there as long as it’s been there, but it becomes real for you when you look. Your attention brings it to life.
 
So, it’s ironic that we also tend to stare at and focus on our unwanted habits in the name of making them better. We track them. We monitor how we’re doing. We hone in on “I did it again”, or “three days habit-free!”
 
It looks like the unwanted habit—the part of it that we see–is the problem. If you shop, smoke, or gamble, shopping, smoking, or gambling is the thing affecting your life. Those are the specific behaviors that are wrecking your finances, relationships, and health. They are clearly the problem, so they are clearly the thing to focus on and change.
 
Except they aren’t.

 
They are actually the solution.

The “problem” (which the quotes indicate is not actually a problem), is that we aren’t feeling like ourselves. We’re feeling off base and in our cloudy-minded state, our habit appears to take the edge off our discomfort.
 
Our mind instantly suggests (sometimes demands) your habit as a solution. Feeling something you’d rather not? Eat this! It’ll take your mind off of your problems (and it does, for a minute). Feeling weighed down by urges to do your habit? Do that habit! That will make those urges go away (and it does, temporarily).
 
Our habits get us a tiny bit closer to home. Habits are solutions to the “problem” of not feeling well.
 
Not being at home is not actually a problem at all because we’re always moving in and out of feelings states. Our minds are always filling up a bit and then quieting down a bit, no different than waves on the ocean crash more or l...


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