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Testimonials and
Book Overview

by Dr. Carolyn Kurle

Testimonials from biology undergraduate students at UC San Diego who have read The Guidance Groove and taken Dr. Kurle’s seminar teaching the principles of the book:

The Guidance Groove is an amazing book. I usually don't like reading a lot, but I found myself very into this book. It is very clear, concise, and inspiring. I love all the stories in it, and it helped me a lot in learning how to make better life decisions that align with my authentic self.


I learned so much about myself, my relationships with others, things that are setting me back in life, things that I should be proud of - all through this book. The book by Dr. Kurle is a beautiful guide to inner peace, love, happiness, and authenticity. Dr. Kurle gives us insight on what it means to be authentic and follow your guidance and listen to your intuition. Such an amazing experience with lessons that I'll never forget.


I thought that book was very insightful. I believe as science majors we sometimes are so focused on being analytical or using abstract reasoning we forget to take care of our emotions and needs outside of school, work and extracurriculars.


This seminar helped show me and the other students that some of our struggles are shared. That you are not alone in your thoughts of inadequacy, or the only person preoccupied with scarcity. I believe this book helps you ground yourself and has taught me some principles and concrete methods to tackle some of my unproductive grooves or habits that I may have fallen into.


I believe this book will help those who read it reach a more centered and happy head space. This book and seminar have helped a lot of us students share and learn from each other. I believe this seminar and book also helped us students better understand our true desires and to better understand the false stories we tell ourselves. Through this sharing and recognition of commonalities among the students combined with the guidance of the text and Dr. Kurle, I found the book and seminar to be therapeutic and motivating.


Overall, the book was a great read, nothing was too complicated or confusing to understand and I really liked it.


Dr. Kurle has a gift of connecting with her students on such a deep level and presents her material in such a beautiful way. I see her as a friend and guide. I've learned so much about life and mindset through this class - she explains everything so well and clear.

Book Overview

The book, The Guidance Groove, is a concise, simple manual designed to help you recognize when you are stuck in Unproductive Grooves across multiple areas of your life and teach you to find, cultivate, trust, and live according to your own personal guidance. When you make choices rooted in your own guidance, authenticity and happiness naturally arise.


What is the Guidance Groove?

Grooves are created when you lose yourself in joyful movement, usually guided by music. You can create and deepen this type of groove, a liberated behavior groove, a free and joyful dance through life that is continuously inspired by the music of your own guidance: Your own personal Guidance Groove. 

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Living within your Guidance Groove means learning to find, listen to, value, and trust your internal wisdom. Then you can make decisions based on your own guidance instead of allowing the beliefs that arise from your Unproductive Grooves to dictate your choices. 


What are Unproductive Grooves?

You create and sustain behavior grooves by habitually following patterns that wear paths across your life. These Unproductive Grooves hold you in place, prevent your connection to true guidance, and narrowly dictate your interactions with the world.


The four Unproductive Grooves are:

Inadequacy – the fear others will discover your real or perceived deficiencies.

Obligation – the fear others will perceive your authentic choices as selfish or hurtful.

Scarcity – the fear others will take your share of “scarce” resources such as love, money, or power.

Unworthy – the fear others will discover your inherent lack of worth.


The stories arising from your beliefs in these grooves are false and when you live your life according to false beliefs, you lose opportunities for authenticity, ease, contentment, and joy.

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