ACT, its best friend COMPASSION, and HIGH EMOTION

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Q: What can I do with high emotions?

A: Turn them into creative fuel. Create something new.

High emotions are not always welcome but they are a part and parcel of being human. As such, learning to deal with them in an effective way can only be a good thing.

Of course some of our high emotions we love and want to get more of, but some, some of them we dread, resist and want to get rid of. This is easier said than done. When emotions get a hold of us they are not easily dislodged. Controlling them once they are in full flood is pretty nigh impossible.

All sorts of terrible things can happen when we are in the grip of high emotions. We say things we don’t mean, we do things we regret, we act completely out of character, because are out of character. When emotions are ruling the roost we may not recognise ourselves. They are that powerful.

If we are wise then we have learned useful strategies to deal with them. Some of us use physical exercise to get them out of our system. Some of us find a willing ear and bend it until the emotion has been rationalised or dissipated. Some of us use defusion techniques to stand back and observe what is happening to us dispassionately. Some of us have learned meditative practices which can soothe and calm us.

Other strategies are not so useful. Unable to control or cope with high emotions some of us self medicate, using a variety of drugs in a bid to reduce their unwanted effects. We drink, drug, shop, gamble, bed-hop, the list is only limited by our imagination.

But how many of us use that other strategy, that wonderful strategy, that amazing strategy that actually takes the fuel and energy of high emotion and channels it into creativity? If you already do it then you know how incredible that can be. If you don’t then I urge you to try it. It could be the beginning of something life-changing.

Next time high emotion is coursing through you why not see what happens when you use its potent energy to see where it takes you in a creative sense? You have absolutely nothing to lose.

I don’t like being in the grip of high emotion, but I have learned that when it arises it gives me an opportunity to create something new. I never know what it is going to be, but all my best work comes out of it.

High emotion can make us slightly mad, barmy even. Logic and reason go out of the window as soon as it enters the door. But creativity is not born out of logic and reason, it is born out of other things, and high emotion is one of them.

I wrote “HIGH EMOTION” to remind me of that.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • How do you deal with your own high emotions?
  • Have you discovered creativity through them?
  • 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

HIGH EMOTION

Although we may not like it, high emotion can be used

As a fuel for creativity, to stir the sleeping muse

That lies dormant in hiatuses, the lulls before the storm,

And then springs us into action, creativity takes form.

When we’re resting in the shallows there is not much going on,

Just a little gentle lapping ‘ere the rippling is gone,

But when a drama comes to meet us, or by crisis we are trapped,

Then our body’s called to action and our essences are tapped.

And it’s then that we can use it, all this burning from within,

As we step out from the shallows and creation can begin,

As emotion drives us forward to a place ‘til now unknown,

And a something new emerges from the seeds emotion’s sown.

© Corinne Shields, 2019

If you enjoyed HIGH EMOTION” 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 ……..

ACT teaches us to defuse from thoughts and emotions as a means of reducing their hold over us. When we can stand back and view them from a distance we are no-longer sucked into them. This is a wonderful and effective tool to have in in our tool kit.

Using the energy they produce to fuel our creativity puts another amazing tool at our disposal. Emotions are part and parcel of who we are. They are not going anywhere soon. When we learn to deal with them in effective ways, when we are no-longer afraid of them and can even learn to accept them, welcome them even, our lives will improve.

Emotions lend light and shade to our existence. Without them we would just be robots. Robots are not human, they are robots. ACT suggests many strategies to help us to live with our emotions in positive ways. It is not about denying them or trying to get rid of them, it is about coming to understand them. Creativity is a wonderful way to come to understand our emotions, to use their energy in an illustrious way.

If you want to learn more about the potent power of Creativity, Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Big Magic” is a wonderful read.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

So often have I been in the grip of high emotion that I have an enormous body of work that I have produced! Sadly, alot of this has emerged out of pain and suffering! Oh dear.

Nevertheless I do have something to show for it. All that high emotion has been captured in countless notebooks. I write my way out of trouble. I am hopeful, no more than that, I am determined that some of that is going to see the light of day. I am in the process of compiling and then self publishing a series of books. I do have a working title:

“How to Live Well and Stress Less – 20 Awesome Gifts for the Soul –  Because it’s hard being human.”

Book cover yet to be designed but this at least pretties it up!

Still a way to go, but this time I’m going to make it happen! I owe it to my Creativity.

I am ending this post as I began it with a quote from Albert Einstein, one of the greatest thinkers of all time.

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, some Creativity 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? Is Creativity important to you?

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

ACT, its best friend COMPASSION, and CREATIVITY

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