More elephant/rider related stuff – Maile McCarthy on her Breath by Breath blog (from where I’ve lifted her illustration) suggests attention as a way of bringing the conscious rider and the unconscious elephant into greater harmony:

noticing when your conscious and unconscious thoughts are pulling in opposite directions

As Fritz Perls said, “attention is itself curative”.

Meanwhile, the Australian NLP trainer Chris Collingwood (in a separate conversation on tells me that he prefers the description of ‘conscious attention and unconscious processes’ rather than conscious and unconscious minds – following John Grinder in this I think.

Attending to the elephant

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