ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT) – AN ONLINE RESOURCE
Q: How can I discover my values?
A: Explore your passions!
ACT places a lot of store in values. Values are at the very heart of Acceptance Commitment Therapy and identifying our values and learning to live by them, even in the midst of our problems, is the key, in ACT terms, to living a meaningful life.
Identifying our values can be difficult. Coming to know what is really important to us should be easy surely, but it often isn’t. With so many competing claims on our time, on our energy, we can end up living a life that doesn’t feel meaningful, doesn’t feel satisfactory. If our life feels dull, if we feel dull, then that is a sure-fire way of knowing that we are not living by our own values. Living by someone else’s values won’t work. If we want our life to improve then getting in touch with our values is a good next step. If we are passionate about something it is likely that will give us a clue as to where our values lie.
I wrote “Exploring our Passion” to remind me of that.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
- How in touch with your values are you?
- Are you true to your values, or do you betray them sometimes?
- 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
EXPLORING OUR PASSION
If we have a passion, then best be aware
That it’s not necessarily one others share,
For a passion is personal, give for free,
So what’s moving for you isn’t moving for me.
It’s a fact unattractive, not nice to behold
That a fire in my belly is leaving you cold,
But a passion’s not dependent on what others say,
If we feel it inside that’s sufficient today.
For a passion is something quite hard to define,
But whatever it is it’s not yours, it is mine,
It’s my baby to cherish, my precious to rear,
If the world turns away, it’s for me to hold dear.
So whatever we’re feeling that moves and inspires
Let’s respect for itself, not for who else admires
The outputs of our passion, no need to applaud,
If we love what we do, then we have our reward.
And although ‘twould be good to enjoy the acclaim
Of a world filled with rapture and shouting our name,
If we’ve come to a place where that need is no more,
Then what pleasure’s ahead as our passion we explore.
© Corinne Shields, 2016
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And just before you go …..
A final word from ACT …..
I have been away for a month and for most of that time I have been internet free. And I say that in the nicest possible way!
Without access to the instant communication that the internet gives us life can feel very different. It can almost feel like going cold turkey at first, so accustomed, even dependent, have we become on its temptations. And yet, it was rather nice, refreshing even, to be cut off from the demands of the electronic age, if only for a while.
Apparently Digital Detox Retreats and Unplugged Wellness Retreats are becoming increasingly popular. If you want to read more about this rather novel, some would say alarming, trend there is an interesting article at Huffington Post entitled “Digital Detox Retreats”.
Although not strictly speaking ACT, I have included it nevertheless. When we switch off from the outside world and go inside for a while we are practicing mindfulness. When we practice mindfulness we are practicing ACT. When we don’t have access to all the instant distractions that our gadgets give us we are increasingly thrown back on our own devices. I quite liked that, at least for a while!
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