Today we have a game-changing show! We have JF Benoist, author of Addicted to the Monkey Mind: Change the Programming That Sabotages Your Life.
As Einstein said, you can’t fix a problem with the same mindset that created it. The addictive mind is reactionary, triggered by deep-rooted fears and insecurities. JF Benoist tells how we can approach our thoughts from an observer’s view point so we can pause and see the reality of a situation before executing our old programming of destructive thoughts and behaviors.
Learn to be kind to yourself. You are not your behavior.
Jean-Francois (J.F.) Benoist has been counseling people struggling with addiction, mental health, and relationship issues for over twenty years. He co-founded The Exclusive Hawaii, a non 12-step residential addiction treatment center, with his wife, Joyce, in 2011. He is the creator of the therapeutic methodology Experiential Engagement Therapy™ (EET), which focuses on addressing a person’s underlying core beliefs; this method serves as the foundation of his skills-based book, Addicted to the Monkey Mind: Change the Programming That Sabotages Your Life.
Addicted to the Monkey Mind
THE MONKEY MIND CHATTERS ALL DAY…
“I look terrible in these pants—why can’t I lose some weight?”
“I’m stuck in traffic again. Why didn’t I leave earlier?”
“If I wasn’t working all the time, I could have saved my marriage.”
…resulting in stress, shame, and ultimately, “Bartender, can I get a drink?”
In his book, J.F. Benoist—a visionary thought leader in the fields of addiction treatment and personal development—uses the journeys of two relatable characters to teach you how to develop a powerful new mindset and finally break the pattern of negative self-talk.
Addicted to the Monkey Mind offers a toolbox of practical skills to shift self-sabotaging, programmed ways of thinking and learn actionable steps to:
· Overcome addiction & debilitating habits
· Resolve relationship issues
· Replace burnout with passion
· Sustain an abiding joy
This book is designed as a step-by-step guide for creating lasting change. You’ll learn why our thoughts are so erratic; why our emotions sometimes spiral out of control; why some days we feel great, but other days we’re so anxious that we drink, use drugs, snap at our partners, sabotage our career, or feel so depressed that we can’t get out of bed.
Most of us are caught in these endless, self-sabotaging cycles because we’ve been taught that external factors determine our experience. How many times a day do we blame others and outside circumstances for how we’re feeling? The hairstylist who butchered our haircut, the spouse who isn’t pulling their share, the job that consumes all our time, the alcohol that made us act like a fool last night — the list is endless.
When we think this way, we’re viewing the world through our Monkey Minds, whose constant chattering continues our cycles of self-destructive behavior.
Luckily, Addicted to the Monkey Mind offers another way to view the world. The Observing Mind.
By applying the skills of the Observing Mind, you will finally actualize the things you’ve been deeply longing for in your life: a substance-free lifestyle, healthy relationships, a thriving career, and a healthy body and mind.
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