While doing some research on the intersection of mindfulness and psychology in preparation for a mindfulness seminar, I found something that clicked with me: the cognitive model by psychologist Albert Ellis that has been the backbone of cognitive behavioral science for decades and is extremely simple.
A – Activating Event;
B- Beliefs; and
C- Consequences (Emotions, Actions & Results).
Once you realize that you have a belief system that is causing negative consequences, you have a choice to
D- Dispute your beliefs and create
E – Effective new beliefs.
Using mindfulness to apply this to my life has been extremely effective because it really helped me to have an understanding of how my brain works and identify the beliefs that lead me to the negative emotions actions or results within my legal practice and within my life.
Check out this episode to mindfully make the ABCs work for you.