ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT) – AN ONLINE RESOURCE
Q: I am going round in circles. What can I do?
A: Defuse and let go!
Hanging on is hard, letting go is harder. Or is it? When we want something to be a certain way, when we are invested in a certain outcome, there is a lot of tension around. When we are so focused on forcing solutions there is not much joy to be had.
It is really difficult to know when it is time to try harder or time to surrender. But the time will come when we do get tired of banging our head against a brick wall. The time will come when we are ready to accept the what is. Acceptance need not mean defeat. Acceptance can mean a lightening of the load. When we stop trying so hard to hang on, when we are ready to let go, we open ourselves to other options. I like the idea that letting go means we are giving a thumbs up to the future.
I wrote “FEROCIOUS EDDIES” to remind me of that.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
- Are you ready to let go of something that is dragging you down?
- Can you look on letting go as a thumbs up to the future?
- 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
So many things to angst about, so much that we could rue,
Can we make a bit of space and allow content to move through,
Can we see we’re the arena, and perceive our Self as sky,
Can we feel that we are permanent, the rest’s just passing by?
Oh it takes a bit of doing, but what prizes we would reap
If we opted for the shallows ‘stead of diving in the deep
And just let events lap round us, in all their different hues,
And refused to get all churned up, we do this when we defuse.
Oh it sounds like a tall order, stand apart and let them go,
Not be tempted to go swimming and get caught up in the flow
Of events that would diminish us, and tarnish us with shame,
We could take up new positions, be spectators at the game.
And this doesn’t mean we’re opting out, it means we’re opting in,
We’re conserving our best energies for battles we can win,
They’re the ones that seek to stretch us, make us bigger than before,
Not the ones that keep us going round in circles ever more.
And so if we are stuck in eddies which are constant swirling round
Let’s stop swimming ‘gainst the tide and plant our feet on solid ground,
And when we have got our balance we will then more clearly see
That the most ferocious eddies scarce make ripples on the sea.
Corinne Shields, 2016
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And just before you go …..
A final word from ACT …..
When I write a blog post I use this section as a spur to look for something in ACT to consolidate what I have been writing about. It helps me and I hope it helps the reader too.
Today I wanted to find something specific about ACT and Acceptance and I came across a really interesting article at The Mindfulness Muse.
In the article Laura Schenk writes about 5 Ways to Let Go of Judgement and Fear and explains how:
Judgment and fear have a tendency to hold you back from living a rich and meaningful life that is based on your true values and establishing harmony in relationships. There is often a high price to pay for living in a mental and emotional place of judgment and fear. This price may take the form of avoiding relationships with others, challenging mental or physical pursuits, and even discovering your true identity.
Laura suggests 5 Strategies for dealing with the Judgements and Fears that can wreak so much havoc in our lives. It makes for a really helpful read.
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