Modelling contentment
Dictionary definitions of Contentment:
Oxford English: A state of happiness and satisfaction.
Wikipedia: Contentment is a mental or emotional state of satisfaction maybe drawn from being at ease in one's situation, body and mind.
Webster: The quality or state of being contented

Our definition for the purpose of this exercise:
“A state where we feel satisfied and have ease of mind in a situation”.

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Contentment is a state where we feel satisfied and have an ease of mind in a situation
1. Overall, based on our definition of contentment, how content are you?
2. Where is contentment in your mental landscape and what is it like? ( Note the location, size, colour, angle, and other submodalities)
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3a. Remember a time when you felt content. Describe what is it like
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3b. Where are you when you are experiencing being content (Environment)
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3c. What are you doing (behaviours), what will others notice as they see you being content)
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3d. What skills, knowledge + capabilities are you using / referencing what you are behaving in this way - being content
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3e. What are you believing about yourself and the world when you are being content (beliefs)
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3f. What is important to you (What are your values relating to this)
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3g. Who are you when you are being content (identity)
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4a. Think of another time when you experienced being content. Describe what is it like
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4b. Where are you when you are experiencing being content
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4c. What are you doing (behaviours, what will others notice as they see you being content)
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4d. What skills, knowledge + capabilities are you using / referencing what you are behaving in this way - being content
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4e. What are you believing about yourself and the world when you are being content and using these capabilities
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4f. What is important to you (What are your values relating to this)
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4g. Who are you when you are being content
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4h. What triggers you to be content - how do you know its time.
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4i. What triggers the shift away from the state of being content?
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WHICH FACTORS ARE COMMON AS YOU DO CONTENT
Remember one more time when you felt really content. Repeat questions a to h below but this time notice what are the the most important things which are consistent across all three examples
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5a. What is common about where you do 'content'
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5b. What is common about what you do when you are doing content
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5c. What is common about skills and knowledge you use when you do content
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5d. What do you believe about yourself and the world when you do content
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5e. What is important to you what do you value when you do content
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5f. Who are you when you do content?
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5g. What's present just before you go into content - is there a trigger?
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5h. What triggers you moving out of content. How do you know its time to shift into another state?
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What about the opposite of content?
6. WHAT is the opposite. Remember a time when you were (whatever is the polar opposite for you of content) What do you call it?
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7. What is going on in your mental landscape when you are doing the opposite of content?
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8a. when you do the opposite of content where are you? Is location or environment relevant?
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8b. What are your behaviours
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8c. What skills and knowledge to you use?
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8d. How do you behave?
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8e. What is important to you - what values are expressed when you do the opposite of content
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8f. Who are you when you are like this. Check again what else is going on in your mental landscape and expand on point 7
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8g. What might you be doing moments before you become the opposite of content? What triggers your change into this state?
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8h. How do you know how to shift away from this state of not content? What triggers the change?
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9. Check again what else is going on in your mental landscape when you are in the opposite of content. Describe what else you notice (expanding on point 7)
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10. Lets consider some things that research has indicated - may help achieve contentment or be related closely to content. Are any of these present for you when you do content?
11. And when you do content, how is your past present future arranged?
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12a. When you do content where is gratefulness and what is it like?
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12b. where is appreciation and what is it like?
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12c. Where are your thoughts? How would you describe where your attention resided in your mental landscape?
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12d. What else is present (eg is there a constellation of other qualities) that support you being content?
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13. CONCLUSIONS Having answered some logical level question about being content and not-content, and contrasted and compared what is going on in your landscape when you do content or don't do content, and considered some qualities that might support content, it is time to draw your own conclusions. What you have learned about how to do contentment in our mental landscape. i.e. what arrangement of what qualities, do you believe will be most helpful to support the state of contentment.
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14. Finally in future, if there is a time when you notice that you are feeling the opposite of content, what will you do in your landscape to get back to feeling more content?
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15. Are there any changes you would like to make to your mental landscape right now?
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Thanks for Chefing - this is the beginning
Your answers will form part of a modelling project for Fiona and Rita and Thought Pattern Management. Our process may be refined as we gather more info but our hope is that the results from all participants be analysed and shared (idenities remaining anonymous) and may be presented at a future NLP conference on in TPM materials to raise awareness of what is possible to do with your mental landscape. Thanks Fiona + Rita
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