ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT) – AN ONLINE RESOURCE
Q: What can I do when I get lost in my imaginings?
A: Shake yourself awake!
Imagination! Both a blessing and a curse. It seems we cannot have one without the other. Imagination‘s wonderful when we are using it to conjure up lovely memories, make exciting plans, get lost amongst our daydreams. On the other hand imagination can keep us awake at night, create anxiety and worry and frighten us to death.
ACT helps us to recognise when imagination is getting out of hand. It helps us to call a halt and differentiate between fact and fiction. ACT helps us to develop awareness. ACT helps us to “shake ourselves awake.” ACT helps us to make more helpful choices.
I wrote “SHAKING OURSELVES AWAKE” to remind me of that.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
- Do you recognise when you are getting carried away by imagination?
- How do you “shake yourself awake”?
- 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
SHAKING OURSELVES AWAKE
We cannot know what’s coming, nor else know how we would cope,
We may think we’re up for struggle and then find we drop the rope,
Or we might conjure up a nightmare which then simply fades away,
So let’s not live out our tomorrows ‘til tomorrow’s our today.
Oh imagination’s wonderful, so vivid and so real,
We can get lost amongst our day-dreams, as we think so shall we feel,
And though no part of it has substance, it’s just fancy flitting free,
It can be difficult to see our dreams are not reality.
And so we need to build awareness, this is dreaming, this is not,
And if we’re slipping into fantasy that fantasy to spot,
So when our mind begins to spiral and our peace of mind’s at stake
We can then call on our awareness, we can shake ourselves awake.
And when we’re back to where we started ‘ere the spiralling began,
Within the precious, present moment, we find there within its span
That we are free to choose an action, find a something good to do,
Which sees imaginings diminish as we let them move on through.
© Corinne Shields, 2016
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And just before you go …..
A final word from ACT …..
One of the things that ACT highlights is the thinking process and our relationship to it. Learning to distance ourselves from our thoughts, to see ourselves as separate from our wonderful imaginations helps us to create distance and gain objectivity. This makes us less susceptible, less vulnerable and reduces the potency of unhelpful thoughts.
There is an interesting article at getselfhelp.co.uk which reminds us about a very useful key skill to help us to defuse.
Just pause for a moment
Take a Breath
Notice your breathing as you breathe in and out
- what thoughts are going through your mind right now?
- what is your focus of attention?
- what are you reacting to?
- what sensations do you notice in your body?
Pull Back – Put in some perspective
- what’s the bigger picture?
Practice what works – Proceed
- what is the best thing to do right now?
For a more detailed explanation read the article. I enjoyed it!
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