ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT) – AN ONLINE RESOURCE
Q: There’s a little voice inside that’s driving me mad. What should I do?
The pulling of the heartstrings, the stirring of the soul, call it what you will. We could call it a reminder of our deepest values, but for today I am calling it “The Little Whispers.” We know what it is. It is the little voice within. It has often been with us for a long time. Sometimes we wish it would just go away and let us be. Why? Because it makes us feel uncomfortable. It demands something of us, something difficult, something challenging. It challenges us to step out of our comfort zone and take action. Sometimes we don’t feel like doing that.
But ACT reminds us that our life is not just about our feelings. Our life is about much more than that, we are about much more than that. We can acknowledge our feelings but we do not have to let them run the show. There is always something we can do to make our life more meaningful, irrespective of how we feel. The voice within is a link to our deepest values. When we take action based on our deepest values our life becomes richer.
I wrote “LITTLE WHISPERS” to remind me of that.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
- Do you listen to your little whispers?
- Do you act on what they tell you?
- 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
New directions beckon us but we may look away,
Little whispers try to talk to us but we are deaf today,
And we’re heading down a one-way street not leading anywhere
Until we look around and wonder, “How on earth did we get there?”
It’s a common enough dilemma for the where we are can be
Not at all where we expected we would end up finally,
And if we are really honest looking back it is quite clear
We’ve allowed ourselves to drift along until we washed up here.
And it maybe we’ve been fortunate and where we are’s not bad
It’s just sometimes little whispers leave us feeing kind of sad,
Just a hint of something missing with whatever that might mean,
Or we catch a glimpse of somewhere else, someone we might have been.
And it can get quite uncomfortable the more we try to stave
Off the whispers with distractions, for the more they misbehave
For they are vying for attention and the more we go off track
The louder get the whispers as they try to pull us back.
And so if we are in discomfort, something not quite right inside,
And we’re trying to quiet those whispers, put them swiftly on one side,
We might do better to simply listen, let their messages come through
Before deciding what it really is we really want to do.
© Corinne Shields, 2016
If you enjoyed, “LITTLE WHISPERS” 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 …..
At actmindfully.com we are reminded that:
“The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life. ACT does this by:
a) teaching psychological skills to deal with painful thoughts and feelings effectively …
b) helping to clarify what is truly important and meaningful – ie values- then using that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate to change life for the better …””
It can be difficult to discover our deepest values. Listening to the little voice within, “The Little Whispers”, can give us an important clue. The more we develop our Mindfulness skills the more accessible our values become.
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