This is an excerpt from page 38 of the How To GOGI book. Art is a gift to GOGI from GOGI student Dana. You have a brain. It is exclusively your brain and will operate under your instruction, or operate under your lack of instruction. The fact is, no one can control your brain unless you give them permission or leave your brain so unattended or drug-impaired that others can walk right into your thought process and start filling your brain with garbage. Still, [...]
On Monday 1/7 we start a new GOGI Tool 'cycle'. Come learn about the 12 Tools for Positive Decision Making, starting with tool #1 BOSS OF MY BRAIN. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xo5eHaKkS0
The GOGI Tool REALITY CHECK is one of my favorites. REALITY CHECK focuses on forward motion. '10 steps forward and two steps back is still 8 steps ahead.' Forward motion. Resilience. Never giving up. I grew up watching all of the Rocky movies with my father. My mother didn't approve but she always ended up watching the end of the movie with us, where Rocky overcame all odds and beat his opponent. Who doesn't love a 'Cinderella story'? :) Rocky's key to winning against an opponent [...]
I've been told I'm crazy, naive and delusional. I've been told my expectations are unrealistic and my view of things is that of a dreamer. "Tamara, you don't live in reality." Maybe these things are true. Or maybe I choose to live in an alternate reality ... a future reality that doesn't exist yet; but that I can see as possible, attainable. Maybe I see reality as more of a mindset. This is definitely one of the definitions of the word 'reality'. Reality - 'a thing that exists in [...]
"What is GOGI?" I get that question a lot from friends, family and people I meet as I work to grow our GOGI community ‘outside the wall’. I found that an explanation of the benefits of GOGI for the ‘free’ community was needed since GOGI was created ‘inside the wall’ by prisoners for prisoners. The ‘rehabilitative’ benefits of the 12 Tools of GOGI are well explained and documented. What the ‘free’ community needs to hear about are the ‘preventative’ benefits of GOGI. The ‘healing’ benefits of [...]
It was sitting on the tile floor of the chapel at FCI Terminal Island in San Pedro, California where the first GOGI student uttered the words BOSS OF MY BRAIN. Actually, what he said was something like, "You mean you are telling me that I am the boss of my brain?" This concept struck a cord with him, as if it was a new concept that he was able to maintain control of the activities going on between his two ears.
BOSS OF MY BRAIN was the first GOGI Tool created by and for prisoners. An inmate sitting in a GOGI small group meeting said, "What your telling me is that I am the boss of my brain?" When one of the group members stated "Only YOU are the boss of your brain," it really resonated with the man. This concept of being the boss of his own life experience was a new one for him. For his entire life he was sure that his life was [...]