Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The Nuts and Bolts

So when starting to do The Work, you first choose a troubling or stressful thought. 

Then using that thought, you fill out a Judge Your Neighbor Worksheet. 

You can visit to print out these wonderful worksheets.

Or, if all you have is a pencil and paper, you can write down the questions and answers there.

1.  In this situation, who angers, confuses or disappoints you and why? 
2.  In this situation, how do you want them to change? What do you want them
     to do?
3.  In this situation, what advice would you offer them?
4.  In order for you to be happy in this situation, what do you need them to 
     think, feel, say or do?
5.  What do you think of them in this situation? Make a list.
6.  What is it in or about this situation that you don't ever want to experience
     again?  "I don't ever want _______ ."

After you have filled out the worksheet, start with your answer to question number 1 and ask the four questions:

1. Is it true?
2. Can you absolutely know that it is true?
3. How do you react, what happens when you believe that thought?
4. Who would you be without the thought?

Additionally, you can sometimes ask, "Can you think of one stress-free or pain-free reason to keep this thought?" 

These are the basics of The Work.

To learn more about The Work, go to The Work of Byron Katie.

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