ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT) – An Online Resource
Q: My mind is driving me mad. What can I do about it?
A: Try a little mindfulness.
One of the things I love about ACT is the way it helps us to develop a different relationship with our mind.
If we have been inclined to be bossed about by our mind, which I certainly have, then it is really liberating to discover that there is another way of living with our mind, a different way of responding to it.
One of the pillar-stones of ACT is Thought Defusion. Thought Defusion is a way of separating ourselves from our thoughts, learning how to defuse from them in order to observe them. It is a very helpful skill, enabling us to see the mind as a word machine, a creator of thoughts. We come to see that our mind is a part of us, but not the whole of us. When we see mind from this perspective it can help us to make different choices. We can choose not to be bossed about by it for a start!
Another pillar-stone of ACT is Mindfulness. ACT loves Mindfulness and Mindfulness loves ACT, and I love both!
Mindfulness is a way of being in the present moment, of being here now. It is the antidote to the busy mind that loves to be here, there and everywhere.
Mindfulness is another way to develop a different relationship with our mind. It helps us to live more fully in the present moment, the only place where we can actually live our life. Mindfulness springs the traps of the future-past. It can, quite literally, help us to “come to our senses.”
HOW ABOUT YOU?
- How do you cope with your “bossy mind”?
- Does Mindfulness play a part in your life?
- What can you share that might be of help to others?
Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.
POEM FOR TODAY
COMING TO OUR SENSES
The past is but a memory, the future just a fantasy,
The present is the only place where we can lead our life,
It is full of possibility, a place to live creatively,
But all this is forsaken if our mind is running rife.
For our mind is such a strumpet, it just loves to gad about,
Loves to poke around the past, discover what it can dig out,
All those hidden old resentments, those regrets, that long lost pain,
Oh the present is no match for frequent trips down memory lane.
And the future is a magnet, how mind loves to fantasize,
All those lovely little worries it can’t wait to fertilize,
And imagination’s busy spinning horror stories so
Once again the present’s surrendered to a magic lantern show.
And we could live out a lifetime in the future and the past,
If we let mind have its way it would forever shadows cast
On each precious present moment, where our living must be done,
But it’s we must call a halt, tell mind it’s time is over-run
And we’re wresting back the present, and we’re doing it right now,
We are coming to our senses, for we realise that’s how
We experience the present, and we’re mindful from now on
That as soon as mind goes gadding off, the present moment’s gone.
© Corinne Shields, 2015
If you enjoyed “COMING TO OUR SENSES”, please pass it on, and do please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.
And just before you go …..
A final word from ACT ……….
I found Mindfulness before I found ACT. In fact, I had been practicing Mindfulness for a few years before I came into contact with ACT. I stumbled upon ACT by chance, and I had no idea that Mindfulness was one of its pillar-stones. Mindfulness though, was different. I sought it out.
Mindfulness was not what I expected. I knew that it had its roots in Buddhist Meditation practices and, as such, I expected it to be very exotic, very eastern, very different and very difficult. It was none of those things.
Mindfulness devotees like to say of it:
Mindfulness is simple, but it isn’t easy
That is a very good way to describe it.
Mindfulness is simple. All it means is “Be Here Now!”
Mindfulness is not easy. Our busy mind wants to be here, there and everywhere. Staying in the present moment, being here now, is a constant challenge.
If you want to learn more about Mindfulness then I would recommend the book that I first read when I sought Mindfulness out. Mark Williams and Danny Penman’s book “Mindfulness – Finding Peace in a Frantic World” is a comprehensive and marvellous read. Enjoy!
Which leads us to the …….
How about YOU? What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?
Just for today I will …………………………..
If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?
I am a student of ACT. I am on a journey. I would love you to join me.
With all good wishes