I want to acknowledge the huge contribution that More to
Life (used to be called Life Training) has had on my work.
More to Life is an organisation that offers a series of courses, from small workshops
offering courses in self esteem and personal purpose, through large grow. trainings,
specific-interest courses, and advanced residential week-long courses. Like
many other organisations, More to Life draws from psychological, philosophical,
and spiritual sources and practices to provide teaching content and an environment
that fosters personal growth in many ways. I believe that the unique strength
and value of More to Life is that course material and practices are well-founded
in current psychological theory and practice, and particularly cognitive psychology.
Also, More to Life has a unique embedded aim to identify and operate from a position
of truth. One consequence of this is that More to Life tends to avoid making
grandiose, and ultimately misleading, claims about what can be achieved through
taking the courses. Personally I find this pragmatic and possibly understated
approach helpful for fostering genuine personal growth. Extreme 'hype' is
Though I have had a life-long fascination with the workings of the mind, and would
eagerly soak up information from traditional psychology and the ground-breaking
news coming out of neuroresearch and neurosurgery, it was only when I encountered the More to Life material that I started to make dramatic progress in terms of my
own understanding. Walks of Mind has grown out of that understanding and owes
much to the material exposed by More to Life.
Having said that, in Walks of Mind I have attempted to present some
of mindful experience that are not covered, as far as I am aware, by More to Life.
Walks of Mind complements More to Life but does not require anyone to have taken
a More to Life course.
Another source worthy of note is 'The Work' by Byron Katie. This, like one of the
many processes presented in More to Life, uses a deceptively simple approach to
encourage personal self-discovery and growth.