With the introduction of LIFE are any of the original TLC HEG designs still useful or necessary? If so, when would use them, for what?
I don’t use the original TLC HEG designs, but they’re still available. I prefer LIFE because it allows me to train in both directions, graph the sessions (if I decide I want to) and, most especially, to focus the client on what we want to change. I used to be frustrated by HEG sessions where the client got all kinds of feedback, and then when we went to see the graph of the ratio, it went down consistently. With LIFE, if it’s going down (and you aren’t TRYING to make it go down) you KNOW it’s going down.
Do the score levels in LIFE have any meaning beyond being a number? I mean, when you arrive at L2 does the game play change in any way? Does it become more challenging?
Not specifically. What I do is track how long it took a client to get to Level2 or 3 or whatever. The key to me about the points is the new measure of points per minute. Score is the most integrative of the statistics. The higher you go above baseline, the higher the value of each animal; and the longer you maintain an AI of 100, the more animals you place.
Do you interact very much or at all with clients during actual play?
About the only thing I say during a session after the first few when the client is getting the feel of stillness might be “don’t forget to breathe”, or I might touch him on the shoulder muscle lightly and say “relax”. Sometimes when they’ve produced a really good run of animals–better than they’ve been doing–I’ll might say Wow very softly, as if to myself.
The first session or three are the place for coaching. Use the first one in Dive Only mode and teach breathing and relaxation. Sometimes it takes a second session for the client to get the feel of diving. Once that’s happened, I’ll spend a whole session just working on climbing–how it’s like diving (the mind is still) and how it’s different (the eyes are focused). From then on, my involvement is in deciding whether to do interval training or over-distance training. At the end of the session, instead of telling the client how he did, I prefer to ask what he noticed…how did HE think he did…what did he learn or discover.
I don’t think may people who are using LIFE understand that it is a meditation program. Meditation can be defined as open focus in the back of the head (sensory area) and single-pointed focus in the front. The mind is still. I think I may have written here previously about the image I use with clients: You have a lens in the middle of your head. The back is open, like a funnel, as you are aware of what is here and now without trying to control it. The lens focuses all that into a single point. Peak performance is often described as full awareness with a shifting point of focus.