In the Fall of 2004 Paul took some time off between engineering jobs to 'decompress'. That year had been one of the most stressful he could remember. He started out by using a well tried (unfortunately from lots of previous experience) technique of working out in the gym until he was exhausted to try and reduce the stress he was feeling. He noticed that while it worked it did not have such an enduring quality and started to look for something that could be used from movement to moment during the day.
He had tried meditating 10 years earlier with a couple of techniques but was not very successful, so now he started to look at the many techniques out there and what worked for him and what did not. After developing a regular meditation practice he then started to look at events in his daily life that would just 'push' one of his buttons and knock him out of the calm peaceful feeling he had created by meditating. He soon realized that while meditation was helping him, something else was needed in conjunction with the regular meditation practice, something that would help him to understand why a button got pushed and how to stop him being instinctively reactive to the event. Over the following years he taught various techniques, refined them again and again until he could see that he had created a simple and yet very powerful work system.