ACT and Feeling Good

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Q:  How can I feel good more often?

A:  Do what you love more often.

 I am writing this post partly because I am  participating in Writeful Mind’s Feel-Good Friday, and also because of something I read recently at The WellnessWorx , a post entitled “Don’t Measure or Judge your Journey.”

Gabriela’s post at The Wellness Worx reminded me that sometimes we can get so wrapped up in doing something for a reason that we completely forget that the action, whatever it is, can be sufficient in itself.  We don’t have to do something because of this or that.  We can just do it for its own sake.

I suppose this is what ACT means by being present.  When we are fully present to whatever it is that we are doing then the activity takes on an additional richness.  When we do not contaminate it with evaluations or judgements,  expectations or fears and just immerse ourselves in the experience of the here and now we are becoming more mindfulMindfulness means just that.  Being open to what is happening here and now.

I want to thank Carol at “Feel-Good Friday” for hosting this weekly event.  It makes me think all week about something that I can post on Friday which is to do with “promoting self-care and me-time.”

I was thinking about it yesterday and it inspired me to write this poem, “DOING WHAT WE LOVE”.  Why?  Because when we are doing what we love that is a sure-fire way to feel good!

So thank you Carol.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • What do you do that makes you feel good?
  • What could you do more of so that you feel good more often?
  • 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

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POEM FOR TODAY

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DOING WHAT WE LOVE

 

Just do it for the pleasure, don’t just do it for the gain,

Don’t just do it for the glory or the fame you might attain,

But enjoy the flame within you as creation sparks anew,

If you love what you are doing, what you’re doing is good for you.

If you make the world’s approval the hall-mark of your success

Then you’ll always be a hostage to its fancies more or less

As it changes the parameters, a little here and there

Until the more you try to please it, it appears the less to care.

And so don’t disrespect the glow inside if it is now about,

And don’t let the world’s approval be enough to snuff it out,

For it’s an irony exquisite, what we seek most things above

Is the feeling that we’re feeling when we’re doing what we love.

 

© Corinne Shields, 2015

If you enjoyed, “DOING WHAT WE LOVE” 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 …..

One of the pillars of ACT is Mindfulness, being open to what is happening in the here and now.  When we are doing something that we love you would think that would be a sure-fire way to feel good.  If we do what we love more often, surely then we would feel good more often.  Yes, up to a point.

The problem is when we let all those niggly thoughts and worries creep in and pull us away from the present moment, from the potential enjoyment that we could experience from doing what we love.

ACT reminds us that developing our Mindfulness skills will help us to stay in the present moment more often and for longer.   We can only do what we love in the present moment, so when we are doing it let’s give ourselves a chance to experience it more fully.

I have recommended a great Mindfulness Book before and I do so again.

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Mark Williams’ and Danny Penman’s book is a great introduction to Mindfulness.  It comes with an accompanying CD and I still use it regularly.

Which brings us to the 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

Blogger Recognition Award

I would like to thank the lovely Gabriela at thewellnessworx.com for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award.

Gabriela was my very first visitor when I started my blog nearly three months ago and I can remember how excited I was to get my first “like” and my first “comment”.  So thank you Gabriela.  I don’t know how you found me but find me you did and you have stayed a regular visitor and commentator ever since.

It is so important when we are starting out with this blogging business to feel that our words aren’t just going out into the ether.  When we actually start to make connections that is when blogging becomes exciting.

As part of this Blogging Recognition Award we are asked to :

a)  Share our inspiration for starting our blog

b)  Mention our nominator

c)  Write some advice for new writers

d)  Nominate blogs to pass the Award to

So here goes:

a)  My inspiration for starting ACT Made Lyrical

This is actually my second time around blogging.  I wrote another blog at soulsnet.com, now expired, for about a year about three years ago.  Why did I stop?

Well basically I guess that the answer to that is that somehow I had managed to turn a pleasure into a chore.  Unsurprisingly, I lost motivation, I ran out of steam and I stopped.  Why did I start again?

Well that is more cheery!  In the next couple of years although I stopped blogging I never stopped writing.  I love writing inspirational poetry.  The difference was that instead of sharing my poems on a blog I just wrote them down in notebooks that went into the cupboard.

At the same time I became interested in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  I did some ACT courses and now my poetry had more of a focus..  I wasn’t just writing poetry I was writing poetry that was grounded in ACT, and I wanted to share it.

And so ACT Made Lyrical, with the strap line Living Well Stressing Less was born!

You can read more about the birth of the blog at the post “Who I am and why I’m here.”

b)  Mention my nominator:

My nominator was Gabriela at thewellnessworx.com.  Thank you Gabriela.

c)  Some advice for new writers:

Well actually I do have some advice, some good advice for new writers and that is:

Take the Blogging 101 Course.

When I first started blogging three years ago, as far as I know this course did not exist.  If it had I would have taken it and it would certainly have helped me.

I have just finished the Blogging 101 Course.  It is really worth doing.  It runs for three weeks and there are daily Assignments designed to help you to learn the nuts and bolts of WordPress.com and the tricks of the trade when it comes to blogging.  Perhaps more importantly it gives you the opportunity to meet with other bloggers and to begin to develop relationships, some of which I am sure will turn into friendships.

There are a succession of courses.  I shall definitely do some more and I recommend you give them a try too.  They run monthly and you can do as much or as little as you want and you can repeat them as well.  You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain so if you haven’t tried them already then give it a go!

d)  Nominate blogs to give the Award to:

Well since I started blogging this time, and probably as a result of the Blogging 101 Course, I have been nominated for several Awards!!!

At this stage I do have to make an apology to Gabriele.  She nominated me for this Award quite a while ago and it is only now that I am actually doing what I need to accept it and pass it on.

That is partly because I have been very busy and when I did this I wanted to take the time to do it properly.  Blogging is very time consuming, taking the 101 Course and trying to do the daily assignments was very time consuming, just trying to stay on top of things is very time consuming, getting to know other bloggers is very time consuming …………  you know what I mean!

The blog I am going to nominate for this Award and I hope she will accept it is Carol at Writeful Mind.  I discovered Carol when I was taking the Blogging 101 Course because one of the Assignments asked us to take part in an Event.  I didn’t even know there were Events!!  Anyway Carol runs a weekly event called Feel-Good Friday which promotes self-care and “me-time”.  We could all do with some of that!  I hope to be a regular participator.

So there you have it!

Thanks for the nomination, Gabriela, I hope Carol will accept her nomination and I wish you all very happy blogging.

Have a great day.

Corinne