Mind-Body Bridging offers a new paradigm in health and wellness. Simply put, MBB is a series of basic techniques that allows us to clear our mind and relax our body. As a result, we operate in a better mind-body state that allows for greater self-awareness, enhanced judgement, and living a better life.
Conversely, unhealthy thoughts, emotions, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors limit us and contribute to unsound choices. MBB is based on the idea that poor decision-making and less-than-optimal functioning results from overactivity of parts of your mind, brain, and body. We collectively call these parts our Identity System.
The Identity System® is easy to understand. It has its roots in the concept of individuality, which is a big part of being human. Without an internal mechanism that gives us a sense of self, humans would lack self-interest, direction and drive. However, when this individuality becomes overcharged, it causes a feeling of separation from the world around us, creating anxiety and causing confusion. In modern society, this unfortunate condition is commonplace and is seen when we have a “busy head”, racing thoughts, troubling feelings that bring you down and a tense body. In fact, there are a myriad of symptoms, health conditions and diseases that accompany this high-stress and emotionally limited way of being. If you are a practicing therapist or counselor, please see MBB for Clinicians and Practitioners for a more technical explanation of how MBB works.
We have all experienced what happens when we are not operating at our best: our time-management suffers, we cannot problem-solve effectively, we lack empathy, we become disorganized, and we falter in our commitment to important matters. In the extreme, out-of-control emotions can lead to substance abuse, violence, dropping out of school, unemployment and our inability to cope with serious trauma.
Visualize a big switch in your brain that turns the Identity System on and off. Mind-Body Bridging provides the tools to “switch off” when your muscles feel overly tight and your thoughts are racing or become jumbled. It’s not complicated, when we switch off the part of our brain that causes the muddle, we can function as our best and natural self.
A major point that differentiates Mind-Body Bridging from other cognitive behavioral therapies and interventions is that MBB does not try to "fix" unhealthy thinking. Rather, users of MBB are reminded that runaway feelings are simply "just thoughts" that are spurred on by mind-body agitation and can be quieted with a combination of awareness, knowing, and doing. Practicing MBB in daily life is key.
MBB can be used in three separate fashions:
- An individual can use MBB on her or his own when instructed through a training or by using one of the carefully crafted MBB workbooks for issues such as addiction, anxiety, anger or stress.
- As a structured intervention or program within a social service setting focused on a particular issue such as substance abuse, violence or trauma. These programs typically last 8-10 weeks.
- When practiced along with a clinician, Mind-Body Bridging can most definitely be a treatment or a therapy that incorporates all three major branches of psychology.
MBB Charity teaches nonprofit organizations how to use MBB techniques with their clients. By resting their overactive Identity Systems, these clients can better address the problems that are holding them back in life.