ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT) – AN ONLINE RESOURCE
Q: How can I deal with my feelings?
A: Let them come and go
ACT recognises that we have little control over our feelings. Our feelings come and our feelings go, if we will let them. Too often we hang on to our feelings, particularly our uncomfortable feelings.
Why we do this is a mystery isn’t it? Why would we willingly hang on to feelings that hurt us when we could let them go? Why would we deliberately think thoughts that cause us suffering when we could make a space, watch our thinking mind at work and recognise that we are not our thoughts, we are not our feelings. They are a part of us, but only a part. We are much more than our thoughts, much more than our feelings.
ACT encourages us to make that space so that we can defuse, defuse from our thoughts, defuse from our feelings. If we reach a point where we can detach from our thoughts and our feelings we are making progress. If we reach a point where we refuse to be defined by our feelings we are on the road to freedom.
When we look back on our lives it won’t be how we felt so much as what we did that will be important. This is what ACT is all about. Acting in spite of how we are feeling, not letting how we feel determine what we do.
I wrote “FEELINGS” to remind me of that.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
- How do you deal with your feelings?
- What do you do to ensure that difficult feelings don’t stop you from taking action?
- 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
Let’s not be defined by our feelings, because feelings will just come and go,
So when one or another comes knocking, let’s be friendly and bid it hello,
And let’s make it a space at the table, for that’s what any good host would do,
But let’s not press it stay any longer, when it says it is just passing through.
For our feelings come by in procession, we can watch as they’re strutting their stuff,
Here comes fear who can make us feel weary, then there’s joy and we can’t get enough,
And it’s best that we stand back a little, realise they’re not meant to stay long,
Every day if we leave the door open, then our feelings can just move along.
For who wants to get stuck in a corner with a bore who just keeps droning on,
Maybe we need a gentle reminder it’s high time that this feeling was gone,
For no-one like to outstay their welcome so let’s give one another some space,
Then when feelings are ready to leave us, we can bid them goodbye with good grace.
© Corinne Shields, 2015
If you enjoyed, “FEELINGS” 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 …..
I know how difficult it can be to defuse from difficult feelings and not let them dictate what we do. One of the main benefits of ACT to my mind is the importance it attaches to defusion.
“Defusion involves distancing, disconnecting or seeing thoughts and feelings for what they are (streams of words, passing sensations), not what they say they are (dangers or facts).”
If you want to learn more about Defusion Techniques check out
There are some great examples of metaphors that help us to see things differently.
Passengers on the Bus, Playground Bully, The River, The Beach Ball …….
They all help us to understand thoughts and emotions in a different way. If you are having trouble with troublesome thoughts and emotions give them a try.
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