Awareness Philosophy combines three different approaches to life and thought that are often thought of as incompatible, and that often attract entirely different kinds of people.
The first I am going to call "the engineering approach". Engineers, as I am using the word, are people who primarily relate to the world through cognitive thought. They work hard to make sense out of things, to put things in logical order, to understand, to make things clear and remove them from the "gray area" of fogginess that makes it difficult to draw conclusions. They watch out for logical inconsistencies, pursue anomalies, and are keen on intellectual integrity. Despite all the jokes they bear, they are invaluable in helping us cope with the world and avoid pain. The primary therapy that appeals to this type is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is focused on correcting one's thoughts for better living. In my mind, CBT include people such as David Burns ("Feeling Good"), Dr. Wayne Dwyer ("Change your thoughts, Change your Life"), and Byron Katie ("Loving What Is").
The second approach could be called "the feeling approach". This includes people who process their feelings, try to work things out emotionally, look at their childhood and any trauma in their life to help them understand themselves as they are today. They find talking about their feelings rich and deep, and tend to look at people in terms of what motivates them to do what they do. Most regressive, analytic and emotional release therapies tends to fall in this camp.
The third approach I would call "the mindfulness approach". Those who tend to gravitate towards mindfulness tend to see emotions and thoughts as not particularly condusive to living a life of acceptance and peace. Most mindfulness approaches focus on being aware of what is, independent of the meaning we put to it or the emotions we carry about it. Our interpretations of reality, or of what we experience, tends to take us away from the reality itself, and cause us to distort what is real to the point of creating illusions that harm ourselves and others. Buddhism has often been a source of mindfulness thought, and modern writers such as Eckhart Tolle ("The Power of Now") fall into this line of thinking.
There tends to be a lot of prejudice between these three approaches. Engineers are faulted for not having feelings or being fully human, not having heart, being too much in their heads, and sometimes being so caught up in theory they ignore the obvious. The feeling approach has been criticised for just talking and never getting anything done, - for being off the wall, anti-scientific, woo-woo, or otherwise mentally challenged. And the mindfulness approach has been criticized for ignoring the influence and positive effects of emotion and passion in our life, and becoming so non-attached that they do not get involved in the real world of human interaction.
Yet all three approaches have critical strengths and insights that we would all be very poorer without. Awareness Philosophy encorporates these three approaches in order to come to life fully, using all our facilities and capabilities and wisdom to live lives that satisfy.