ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT) – An Online Resource
Q: How can I feel good more often?
A: Do what you love more often.
I am writing this post partly because I am participating in Writeful Mind’s Feel-Good Friday, and also because of something I read recently at The WellnessWorx , a post entitled “Don’t Measure or Judge your Journey.”
Gabriela’s post at The Wellness Worx reminded me that sometimes we can get so wrapped up in doing something for a reason that we completely forget that the action, whatever it is, can be sufficient in itself. We don’t have to do something because of this or that. We can just do it for its own sake.
I suppose this is what ACT means by being present. When we are fully present to whatever it is that we are doing then the activity takes on an additional richness. When we do not contaminate it with evaluations or judgements, expectations or fears and just immerse ourselves in the experience of the here and now we are becoming more mindful. Mindfulness means just that. Being open to what is happening here and now.
I want to thank Carol at “Feel-Good Friday” for hosting this weekly event. It makes me think all week about something that I can post on Friday which is to do with “promoting self-care and me-time.”
I was thinking about it yesterday and it inspired me to write this poem, “DOING WHAT WE LOVE”. Why? Because when we are doing what we love that is a sure-fire way to feel good!
So thank you Carol.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
- What do you do that makes you feel good?
- What could you do more of so that you feel good more often?
- What can you share that might be of help to others?
Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
POEM FOR TODAY
DOING WHAT WE LOVE
Just do it for the pleasure, don’t just do it for the gain,
Don’t just do it for the glory or the fame you might attain,
But enjoy the flame within you as creation sparks anew,
If you love what you are doing, what you’re doing is good for you.
If you make the world’s approval the hall-mark of your success
Then you’ll always be a hostage to its fancies more or less
As it changes the parameters, a little here and there
Until the more you try to please it, it appears the less to care.
And so don’t disrespect the glow inside if it is now about,
And don’t let the world’s approval be enough to snuff it out,
For it’s an irony exquisite, what we seek most things above
Is the feeling that we’re feeling when we’re doing what we love.
© Corinne Shields, 2015
If you enjoyed, “DOING WHAT WE LOVE” please pass it on, and do leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.
And just before you go …..
A final word from ACT …..
One of the pillars of ACT is Mindfulness, being open to what is happening in the here and now. When we are doing something that we love you would think that would be a sure-fire way to feel good. If we do what we love more often, surely then we would feel good more often. Yes, up to a point.
The problem is when we let all those niggly thoughts and worries creep in and pull us away from the present moment, from the potential enjoyment that we could experience from doing what we love.
ACT reminds us that developing our Mindfulness skills will help us to stay in the present moment more often and for longer. We can only do what we love in the present moment, so when we are doing it let’s give ourselves a chance to experience it more fully.
I have recommended a great Mindfulness Book before and I do so again.
Mark Williams’ and Danny Penman’s book is a great introduction to Mindfulness. It comes with an accompanying CD and I still use it regularly.
Which brings us to the ACTivation Point!
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