Cathy’s question about the relationship of mindfulness with Logosynthesis kept me thinking. This morning I attended a conference on mindfulness in the local psychiatric hospital, and my answers crystallised. I’m not a specialist in mindfulness, so please correct me if I’m missing something:
Mindfulness as well as Logosynthesis recognise the value of a solid working alliance, with presence on the side of the coach or psychotherapist, with the attitude and the intention to induce this state in the client.
Both models are striving towards presence, awareness in the here-and-now, in the client as well as in the guiding professional. I was pleasantly surprised about the references to Stephen Porges’ polyvagal theory and Shari Geller’s work on presence in this morning’s presentation.
Mindfulness and Logosynthesis both identify a relationship between a stimulus and a response. According to Victor Frankl (the founder of Logotherapy and an important source in the development of Logosynthesis) accessing the space between the two is a key to change:
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
~ Viktor E. Frankl
Mindfulness offers a series of techniques to change emotional, cognitive and physical reactions to stimuli. A client explores these reactions against a background of just being, which is installed by a series of exercises. These exercises are designed to create a neutral observer, which in turn helps to reframe or resolve suffering, finding a balance between acceptance and activity.
Logosynthesis doesn’t need the installation of such an observer, because the capacity of finding an adult balance shows up in the process, as an immediate effect of the sentences. Installing an observer would create a unnecessary extra structure and split the free flow of life energy.
The stimulus itself is not subject to exploration in mindfulness. In Logosynthesis we explore these reactions that lead to negative emotions and limiting thoughts, to assess their character, with the help of the meta-question A series, but we don’t address them directly. The meta-question A series only has an assessing function, the affective/behaviioural/cognitive/physical symptoms are never treated directly.
Explicit exploration of the stimulus (trigger) through meta-question B is missing in mindfulness. In Logosynthesis, we explore these triggers in depth, as representations of people, objects and situations in memories, fantasies and beliefs. They are considered as frozen energy structures, not as abstract constructs of the mind. If these stimuli are resolved, the reactions will also disappear.
In mindfulness theory, the power of the word does not appear, and thus cannot be activated in the healing process. Instead it seems to be a curative factor to focus on an emotion and just let it be, from the assumption that a new equilibrium will develop when the emotion merges with the observer. This can be very painful.
In Logosynthesis, the client receives a series of sentences immediately after identifying the trigger with the help of meta-question B. The directive switch from the meta-questions of the A-series to those of the B-series, already reduces the tension, because the client is guiddd away from intensive emotions. The Logosynthesis sentences do the rest of the job.
To maintain the effect of mindfulness for more than 19 weeks you must practice the technique again and again. Every practitioner of Logosynthesis can confirm that if you have resolved an issue with the help of Logosynthesis – a slice of the salami – the effect will remain. No additional practice is needed. It’s possible that new aspects show up. These can be treated when necessary.
In mindfulness theory, the concept of Essence is not represented. There is no explanation why suffering exists in the world. In Logosynthesis, suffering is a consequence of a person’s disconnection from Essence. In mindfulness, meaning is a cognitive construct connected to values, not to an explicit mission or purpose in life.
In mindfulness, embodiment is an important aspect of the therapeutic process. In the Logosynthesis mapping procedures this aspect is also actively used to induce change.
If life is a guesthouse, like in Rumi’s poem (https://mrsmindfulness.com/guest-house-poem/) mindfulness is focused on coping with the guests who are arriving, however pleasant or unpleasant.
In Logosynthesis, you’re the one who’s inviting the guests to your guesthouse, each one for a purpose your Essence designed for your Self. In the end you may decide to review your marketing strategy.