ACT and MINDFULNESS

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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

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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!

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Which leads us to the …….

ACTivation POINT!

SO …………………………………….

just for today

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

 

Corinne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Corinne Shields

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, erstwhile teacher for thirty plus years, and permanent student. I have long been interested in psychology and spirituality and enjoy writing inspirational poetry. Hence the publication of this blog at ACT Made Lyrical.com. I play golf badly, piano a little better and I love reading, writing, and all things French. I divide my time between Wales and France and enjoy travelling with my husband, Len and my dog Charlie.

10 thoughts on “ACT and MINDFULNESS”

  1. So many good things in this post (and blog, I’d wager!) I’ve been realizing the importance of mindfulness here in the past year or so and it’s lead to wonderful changes in my life, with minimalism being the most obvious. 🙂 I’ve struggled to quiet my mind, for sure, but I am determined to live a calm, centered life, so each day I remind myself to practice mindfulness. Choosing how I will spend my time (instead of simply responding to life coming at me) helps a lot. And devoting time to enriching activities like yoga and educational courses benefits me beyond words. I enjoyed your poem.
    Have a lovely day! XO

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    1. Hi Valerie. It’s lovely to hear from you. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to share your experience. Like you, I find leading a more mindful life and trying to stay in the present moment a challenge, a daily challenge, an almost moment by moment challenge! But it’s worth it isn’t it? Knowing that there is an option, a choice that we can make any time we like to come back into the present moment is truly liberating. Have a great day. Am so glad we are in touch. x

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  2. I am constantly struggling to be mindful and to silence my inner worries about the past and future. I think I’m always so wrapped up in how my thoughts and actions will affect other people that I can’t seem to just be present. I suppose my struggle with mindfulness also has to do with fear: being afraid of what might happen if I say or do this or that and then dwelling on situations after they happen, even when it’s something so little. Ultimately, I agree that mindfulness is an extremely important strategy to practice in order to achieve a balanced and healthy life. Great poem and post! 🙂

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    1. ‘The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry Bout the future or not to anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly’ – Buddha. I try so hard to remember this!! Great post Corinne. Xx

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    2. Hi Shannon. I so much identify with what you say. It is so difficult to handle those troublesome thoughts isn’t it? We cause ourselves so much suffering internally, probably more so than the external world inflicts on us. That is largely what drew me to Mindfulness in the first place and it certainly has been what has kept me so interested in ACT. I hope you will visit often because there will often be discussion about our thoughts and how we can develop a healthier relationship with them. There is an earlier post entitled ACT and Worrisome Thoughts that you might find interesting. Wishing you a calm and peaceful day. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience. Corinne

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  3. ‘The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future or not to anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly’ – Buddha. Sometimes easier said than done but really worth the trying. Thanks Corinne. Another lovely post! Xx

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    1. It certainly is easier said than done, but as you say, really worth the trying! Thanks for leaving the quote from the Buddha. It is one we would do well to learn well and remember, especially when the going gets tough. Thanks for visiting and sharing. Lovely to hear from you as always. xx

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