5 Principles of Pattern Catching

Learning to listen to your brain from the position of a nonjudgmental witness may take some practice and patience, but once you master this awareness, you become free to step beyond the worrisome drama and trauma of your story-teller.

When I become conscious of what cognitive loops my brain is running, I then focus on how these loops feel physiologically inside my body. Do I feel alert? Are my eyes dilated? Is my breath deep or shallow? Do I feel tightness in my chest? Do I feel lightness in my head? Is my stomach upset? Do I feel antsy or anxious? Are my legs jiggling? Neuronal loops (circuits) of fear, anxiety or anger, can be triggered by all sorts of different stimulation. But once triggered, these different emotions produce a predictable physiological response that you can train yourself to consciously observe.

Jill Bolte-Taylor (Page 150 – My Stroke of Insight)


First Principle: Mental Maps are Patterns

Second Principle: Patterns are observable and can be caught

Third Principle: Patterns are identifiable and can be named

Fourth Principle: Patterns are assessable and can be evaluated

Fifth Principle: Observing, identifying and assessing patterns enables awareness and choice.


Martin Challis 2017