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Tessa Thulien

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What is Mind-Body Bridging?
Mind-Body Bridging (MBB), a mindfulness-based technique developed to improve mindful awareness. It cultivates awareness skills to heighten recognition of various aspects of a dysfunctional mind-body state and offers mind-body mapping exercises to further raise awareness of the sources of the disharmony.
Perpetrators and victims of Domestic Violence
Chronic Pain Sufferers
Cancer Patients

What is the Identity System?

Tessa Thulien, MA, LPC
Effective treatment for:
This system is our internal compass that effects both our mind and body. Without MBB, it is often wobbling back and forth and doesn't give us the right direction to make healthy choices.
What happened to your body tension?
The I-System is a compass that we are born with and that tells us when we are off course.  Mind Body Bridging rests our I-System and allows self-healing and improves functioning naturally.
Natural Born Compass
Look over your thoughts in Map 1 and consider them now, keeping in mind that a thought is just a thought...

What do you notice about Map 1 now?
Thought Labeling Practice
The second technique to help you rest your Identity System is when we listened to background sounds, felt the pen in our hand, and watched the ink go on the paper. This technique is called Come to Your Senses or Bridging Awareness Practices.
The Second Technique
Compare Map 1 to Map 2.
How would you describe the difference?
Compare your Maps
Begin to write your thoughts again as you continue listening to the background sounds, feel the pen in your hand and watch the ink go on the paper.
Once you feel settled…
Turn your map over and write the same problem in the center of the map.
Before you write anything, listen to the background sounds and feel the pen in your hand. Pay attention to gravity pulling you down into your chair.
Let’s try something…
Body Tension
Note your body sensations.
Note the intensity of thoughts and body sensations.
Is there a depressor thought/action that follows?
Self-improvement and meeting life goals can be natural functioning!
In natural functioning – life may still be difficult . If it's your FIXER going, you are often stressed or devastated of your goals aren't met.
The question is who is in the driver’s seat?
Fixer or Natural Functioning?
The Pink Elephant
The Identity System has two major subsystems or helpers called the Depressor and the Fixer
Enjoying life more
Staying calm in the face of crisis
Improved sleep
See the results of changed behavior without the effort
Reaching your full potential
Benefits of Bridging Awareness Practices
Is simply coming to our senses…

These help us rest our I-System or as
neuroscience defines it, in Executive Functioning.
The first technique to help you rest your Identity System is what we call mapping. We map to see our thoughts. We don’t have to try to change or fix our thoughts; we just need to be aware of them. This increases awareness of our Requirements are of circumstance, ourselves, and others.
The First Technique

How do you act now?
When you are in this state; how do you act?
The Overactive I-System
Spinning thoughts equals a Cluttered Mind
Think of a stressful situation, a challenge, or problem that is not yet resolved and write it down in the center of a piece of paper and put an oval around it.
Next-write your thoughts that come to mind when you think about this situation.

Let’s do an exercise we call mapping
Trying to explain Mind Body Bridging is like trying to explain to someone what a milk shake tastes like.
But what does it taste like?
It is not the outside situation that is causing your body tension and spinning thoughts, it is your Identity System grabbing your thoughts, creating mind clutter and body tension, and influencing your actions.
This Identity System is defined by neuroscience as the Default Mode Network in our brains
It’s not the situation…
Meet Your FIXER

“I’m going to make myself
definitely good enough.”
“I’ll work harder next time.”
“I can fix this.”
“I can improve myself.”

The FIXER wants to take away that awful feeling (damage) left by the DEPRESSOR.
The Depressor: Can Leave Us
Feeling Like:
“I’m just having the thought… I’m stupid”
Compare the differences in these two statements
“I’m just having the thought………..”

When looking in the mirror I think to myself…..

“I’m stupid”

Thought Labeling is simply changing it too…
Benefits of Thought Labeling

“I’m not good enough.”
“Nobody loves me.”
“Life isn’t fair.”

The resulting Impaired Functioning creates a dysfunctional body-mind state.
We then experience ourselves as broken or damaged.
We often experience ourselves as damaged because of our Depressor’s Storylines.

The Depressor captures negative thoughts and generates Storylines.
The negativity from the Storylines creates tension, clutters the mind, and impairs functioning.
Of all the problems you have, pick one.
Write a sentence that describes the problem in the middle of the paper.
Fully experience the problem and all the worries that go along with it.
Scatter your thoughts and feelings (there is no right or wrong).
Note your body sensations.
(tightness in chest)
(stomach aches)
(jaw tightens even more)
and jaw tighten)
and here, yet another reason
and this is why
and another
This is why it’s so bad…
and this is why…
Your problem here
Problem Map
This time, use your awareness practices (pay keen attention to sounds, tactile sensations, etc.)
With a clean piece of paper, start a new problem map – use the same problem.
Continue to pay attention to the sounds, etc.
Scatter your thoughts and feelings (there is no right or wrong).
Be sure to note any body sensations.
Problem Map (Part 2)
Creates storyline
Captures a thought
Depressor and Fixer Cycle
Negatively impacts body and mind
You want to “fix” the “damage”
You take action
Whatever you do, it’s never good enough
Comparing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Mind Body Bridging...
According to Mind Body Bridging, Positive Affirmations can actually make things worse....
This is where
addiction can come
in...... or other maladaptive
coping skills

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