ACT, its best friend COMPASSION, and CREATIVITY

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And introducing COMPASSION, ACT’s best friend!

Q: How can I deal better with my difficult emotions?

A: Use their energy to fuel your creativity.

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I have been thinking a lot about Creativity recently.  It plays such a big part in my life and I owe it so much.  When I am upset, which is more often than I would like, I have learned to turn to Creativity to help me.  It never lets me down.  Being upset, feeling difficult emotions, experiencing uncomfortable physical sensations, are cues for me to use my Creativity to soothe me.  As a bonus I often get a better perspective about what’s really going on.

In this way Creativity has a lot in common with Compassion.  Compassion is all about harnessing our inbuilt soothing system to regulate difficult emotions, those emotions triggered by our Self Protection and Drive Systems.  Creativity and Compassion, especially if used in conjunction with each other, can be very powerful.

Emotions, especially those we perceive to be negative, can be difficult to cope with.  But they are part and parcel of the human condition.  We are not going to escape them, no matter how many therapies we practice.  We are not meant to.  What we can do though, is learn more skilful ways to manage them.  This is what ACT is about; this is what Compassion is about; this is what Creativity is about.

When we can use the energy that is generated by powerful emotions in a creative way, that is skilful.  Turning emotional energy into creative fuel can produce amazing results.  Along with the tangible result of a poem, a painting, a tapestry, a garden, a sculpture, a floral display, a carving, a whatever takes your fancy, there is also an accompanying change of mood.

This is the magic of the creative process.  It is itself a therapeutic process.  I am going to be exploring this a lot in the weeks to come.

It’s official, Compassion is good for you.  And it turns out Creativity is good for you too.

I wrote “CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS” to remind me of that.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • Is Creativity important to you?
  • Do you use your Creativity as an outlet for difficult emotions?
  • 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

CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS

 

I love my creativity, it’s saved me many times

From anxiety and turmoil, I just turn them into rhymes,

And no matter where I start from, it is never where I end,

I can feel my spirits lifting as the next new verse is penned.

This is how I use creation, or it’s how it uses me,

It’s exciting when it bubbles up and I can’t wait to see

Where it’s taking me this morning, where it comes from I don’t know,

But there’s nothing that’s quite like it when I’m caught up in its flow.

And it is the same for everyone, this energy within,

Every time we tap into it then the magic can begin

As we share a new dimension where time ceases to exist,

If you don’t do this already, do it now, see what you’ve missed.

For it’s always waiting for us, it just needs us to be there,

To be ready, willing and able in this partnership to share,

For it can’t do it without us, and we can’t do it alone,

But when we get together, what creative seeds are sown.

© Corinne Shields, 2018

If you enjoyed “CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS” 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, and its best friend COMPASSION ……..

I am reading the most wonderful book about Creativity.  I want to share it with you.  It is written by Elizabeth Gilbert, who some of you may have heard of.  She was the author of the bestseller “Eat, Pray, Love”.  I loved that book too.

The book I want to recommend here though is not a novel.  It is a book about Creativity and I loved it because it treats Creativity in a Compassionate way.  This is, in itself, quite a novel approach.  Creativity has long been associated with angst, the writer suffering for his art, the penniless poet in his garret, the tortured artist ….  Elizabeth Gilbert has a new take on Creativity and it is one that makes it far more likely that you will be encouraged to explore it, use it, befriend it, let it befriend you.

The book is called “Big Magic”.  If you are interested in finding out more about how to make Creativity part of your life, it is a great read.

ACTivation Point!

SO ……………………….

How about YOU?

What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life? What can YOU do just for today to add some Compassion, some Kindness, into your life?

 Just for today I will ………………………

If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you? Is Compassion part of your life?

I am a student of ACT, I am learning about Compassion.  I am on a journey.  I would love you to join me.

With all good wishes

Corinne

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ACT and Honouring our Feelings

ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT) – AN ONLINE RESOURCE of inspirational quotes, poems and other act goodies!

Q: What should I do with uncomfortable feelings?

A:  Honour them.  Pay attention to the messages they send.

We all love lovely feelings.  Of course we do.  They make us feel good, flood us with a sense of well-being, and make us feel glad to be alive.  It’s great when our whole system is in harmony.  We feel like we are on top of the world and that’s where we want to stay.

Unfortunately, feelings aren’t like that.  They are fleeting, they come and go,  often appearing out of nowhere and leaving just as suddenly.  That’s the nature of feelings.  We can no more hang on to our good feelings than demand that our bad feelings either don’t come at all, or if they must, then they don’t hang around for too long.

We can spend a long time battling with our feelings, trying to change the ones we don’t like and trying to keep the ones we do.  It is an energy sapping, largely fruitless exercise.  ACT suggests another approach.  ACT suggests that we practice acceptance.  When we practice acceptance of our feelings, good, bad and indifferent we are able to conserve our energy for other more fruitful activities.

ACT also encourages us to develop a different relationship with our feelings. This is where “Honouring our Feelings” comes in.  Our feelings are powerful clues to things we may need to be aware of in our lives.  Gut reactions are nature’s way of alerting us to things we may need to pay attention to.  Our feelings are there to help us, our evolutionary friend.  When we view them in this way, rather than doing battle with them, we can learn to honour them, listen to them, and then decide whether they are relevant or not.

I wrote “HONOURING OUR FEELINGS” to remind me of that.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • How do you cope with your uncomfortable feelings?
  • Are you learning that accepting and honouring them might be a more useful strategy?
  • 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

HONOURING OUR FEELINGS

 

Let’s learn to honour our feelings, even when they agitate,

And let’s look on them with kindness, even when they angst create,

For they’re with us for a reason, they are trying to keep us safe,

And so, let’s give them space sufficient even when they jar and chafe.

There are times when feelings flood us with sensations of alarm,

When our heart starts pounding madly ‘til we feel ‘twill do us harm,

But it’s just our evolution sending messages so slick

That we forget it’s just a wondrous part of all that makes us tick.

And we’d wish that it were other, that we’d always feel just fine,

But our system is much wiser, it is able to define

Situations masquerading as a danger or a threat,

It won’t leave us unprotected, it will situations vet.

And this may bring some discomfort, but how fortunate are we

To possess our own antennae of such sensitivity

That they work on automatic, even when our mind’s elsewhere,

They are always working for us, always scanning everywhere.

And at times it can be wearing, we may wish they’d take a break,

Let us be a while oblivious to the fuss that they create,

But in the end, we know their value is immeasurable, and so

Even though they cause discomfort, we’ll just let them come and go.

 

© Corinne Shields, 2017

If you enjoyed, “HONOURING OUR 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 have been away for a while.  For the last few weeks I have not had instant access to the internet and, being out of the loop, so to speak, I have had more time for reading and writing, more time for reflection.  It has been a great time, rather like being on a retreat.

During that time though, things happened that I had not been expecting, things that upset me and caused alot of uncomfortable feelings.  This poem is one consequence of those feelings.  Something that has really helped me with ACT is learning to use the power that strong emotions generate in a creative way.

The last few weeks have been very productive creatively.  When we are forced out of our normal routines, when we are cut off from the instant communications that the internet offers, there is room for other stuff to come in.  ACT has helped me alot during this time out.  I needed it and it did not fail.  I hope that it will do the same for you too.

ACTivation Point!

SO ……………………….

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

Corinne