Basic Paradigms: Looking for Relief

  • C. Norman Coleman
  • Karolynn F. Coleman
Part of the Identity in a Changing World book series (ICW)


Between a stimulus/thought and a response there is a critical space within which one can choose how to respond. How one responds to events and thoughts frees one up from non-productive knee-jerk types of reactions, so mindfulness skills improve one’s own internal health, mental states and relationships with others. The paradigm presented “Freedom from Mind-made Suffering℠” enables immediate awareness in that critical space by learning to assess, plan and execute an effective response to both external stimuli and internal thoughts. We define Levels of Awareness℠ that range from Level 1 where there is little awareness of this thought-to-reaction sequence, to Level 2 where the sensation produced by the thought can be observed and the reaction modified, to Level 3 where the power of mindful observation will intercept the thought and earliest sensation it is producing, within a second or two, to allow for a clear, purposeful action rather than reaction. The goal of the book is to learn the skills to improve Levels of Awareness℠ and effective responses. The mindfulness skills and the benefits they produce are applicable anywhere and are neither limited to nor based on any religious beliefs or culture, although a key to having a more peaceful mind is living a moral and physically healthy life. Recognizing that one can control intention and effort and can influence but not control outcomes, provides immediate benefits from working on the mindfulness skills.


Mindfulness Critical space Stimulus Response Mind-made suffering  Second-arrow Thoughts and reactions Awareness Observation Morality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Norman Coleman
    • 1
  • Karolynn F. Coleman
    • 2
  1. 1.International Cancer Expert Corps, Inc.Chevy ChaseUSA
  2. 2.Private PracticeChevy ChaseUSA

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