Not only a review of Unit 2, but the information on this tab is a good introduction to Unit 3.
AiA is, in fact, an adventure. It is a journey into the participant's attitudes. A realm into which most of us seldom take time to venture. The basic principles of AiA are worth reviewing and coming back to throughout the program.
Here they are:
- Your mind works like a computer. It determines how you function in relation to your environment, job, people, and self.
- The output (your life) of the computer (mind) depends on how it is programmed.
- Your attitudes are the way you program your mind.
- A healthy mind can, in most cases, choose those attitudes. But much of our programming has been unconscious and we seem to have lost the power to choose. AiA first creates awareness of our attitudes and then strengthens the power to choose.
- Many of our attitudes about ourself are negative and act as "resistors" in our "computer". We can remove them or build circuits around them.
Bob offers a great quote from the painter known as Grandma Moses:
Life is what you make it. Always has been. Always will be. If I weren't a painter, I'd raise chickens.
But this choice begins with awareness of how our minds work. So one of the purposes of AiA is "awareness through interaction and sharing with others". As I think of all the efforts I have made in my life to change my thinking, I find that the most significant have been those while engaged with others. We are, after all, social animals and the act of reprogramming our brain requires feedback and reinforcement from others.
Charles Duhigg, in his book The Power of Habit, talks about Belief and it's impact on change. He says, "People might be skeptical about their ability to change if they are by themselves, but a group will convince them to suspend disbelief. A community creates belief." As a facilitator of this program, and as a participant, I know this to be true. If we are serious about reprogramming this powerful computer we carry around in our heads, it makes sense to do it with others who are also on the journey.