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TOOL: Week of December 10, 2018 — WHAT IF?

In 2008, (was it 2009?) GOGI Girl Teri came up to me with a spark in her eye and a question. “Coach Taylor,” she said, “What if I am not my past?” This simple question sparked conversation among the women living in the module at the Los Angeles County Jail called GOGI Campus. Each of the 24 women housed in this small, segregated unit within the 3,000 capacity jail wondered if they would ever be…

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TOOL: Week of December 3, 2018 — FOR-GIVE

According to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics a total of 631,939,829 passengers boarded domestic flights in the United States during a one year period.  As passengers take their seats, they are instructed how to fasten their seat belts, to protect them should their be turbulence mid flight. Passengers are also instructed in the fine art of FOR – GIVE, although they are not informed they are being taught a GOGI tool. You see, when…

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TOOL: Week of November 19, 2018 — CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY

The GOGI Tool CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY is different than the act of claiming responsibility. The act of claiming responsibility is most often used for coming to terms with actions of the past, like claiming responsibility for a past deed, or an action that may have caused harm to others. Claiming responsibility for the impact our actions have on the world around us is an element of insight development. As a tool, CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY has very little…

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TOOL: Week of November 12, 2018 — POSITIVE ACTIONS

POSITIVE ACTIONS was added to the GOGI Toolbox during the two year period when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department permitted the first ever GOGI Campus. In this 24 bed jail housing module, which was also as the former housing unit for movie actor Robert Downey Jr. and Paris Hilton (not housed there at the same time, obviously), the GOGI Campus was home to a total of 350 women who came into and left out…

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Tool: Week of November 5, 2018 — POSITIVE WORDS

Image Credit: Art is a gift to GOGI from GOGI student KEITH ERICKSON On a recent site visit to Salinas Valley State Prison in California a GOGI student stated that his favorite tool was POSITIVE WORDS. He told us a story about his youth. He was subjected to a lot of negative comments. He was told he was stupid, no good, a problem, unwanted. He was told he was destined for prison and that he…

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GOGI is Longevity

How the heck are you GOGI Nation??  Streetwise GOGI Tamara here to share some ‘Insight from the Inside’ with you! Check out this rad GOGI poem written by one of our GOGI Leaders  from Ironwood State Prison. GOGI is Longevity By Vincent ‘BOBO’ Crama GOGl is a program, To help you self-exam, So please give a damn! There are twelve steps, To help you get prepped, So that your understanding becomes more in depth There…

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Tool: Week of October 22, 2018 — POSITIVE THOUGHTS

Part of THE THREE P’s, POSITIVE THOUGHTS belongs to the Section of Tools called TOOLS OF CHOICE. In this Section of Tools, POSITIVE THOUGHTS, POSITIVE WORDS and POSITIVE ACTIONS enables the GOGI student to create possibilities where some people say there are none. While the three tools in this section are linked, it is through POSITIVE THOUGHTS that the creation of your life becomes very interesting. POSITIVE THOUGHTS creates space in your mind for possibilities…

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TOOL: Week of October 15, 2018 — FIVE SECOND LIGHTSWITCH

Your key is to FLIP THE SWITCH and claim your right to be in command of your mind’s and your body’s activities. It can be YOUR choice to make a weak or a strong decision when you put to use your FIVE SECOND LIGHTSWITCH.

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TOOL: Week of October 8, 2018 — BELLY BREATHING

BELLY BREATHING is one of those tools that frequently creates the illusion of GOGI being too simple to actually work at changing anything in a persons life.  But it is often the most simple adjustments we make in our lives which generates the most profound momentum in our desired direction. When we truly master BELLY BREATHING there is no decision beyond our awareness, each of our decisions become consciously created and the inherent ownership we…

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TOOL: Week of October 1, 2018 — BOSS OF MY BRAIN

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…

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