I’ve read that
Thoughts become Things
but I think
can also become
and so on and so on..
an experience and our thoughts
and choose to redirect our thoughts down a much
S = Stop for a moment before responding or reacting
T = Take a Breath
Notice your breathing as you breathe in and out.
O = Observe
What thoughts are going through your mind?
Where is your focus of attention?
What are you reacting to?
What sensations do you notice in your body?
P = Put it in Perspective
What is the bigger picture?
What is another way of looking at this situation?
What advice would I give a friend?
What would a trusted friend say to me right now?
Is this thought a Fact or an Opinion?
Is this true?
What is a more reasonable explanation?
How important is this, now and in 6 months?
It will pass.
P = Practice what Works Proceed
What is the best thing to do right now?
What is best for me? For others? For the situation?
What can I do that fits with my values?
Do what will be effective and appropriate.
I’ve written here about our thoughts and how they sometimes need to be
because often our thoughts often come from a place of hurt or fear,
often from events long ago that aren’t even connected with the present,
yet they colour our world view.
Under Painting or Dead Layer
influence his finished piece of art
previous life experiences
Once you’ve revealed the undertones in your self-portrait,
your can go on to deliberately
in such a way that you paint a whole new
one that is
all saturated with
Practicing mindfulness has become my
new paint brush
hiking in Bragg Creek
we could feel the heady spring breeze brush our skin
note butterflies floating aloft,
hear wood peckers and trees creaking,
observed squirrels tumbling
light dancing dappled limbs
our feet stepped over heart-shaped
and quiet conversation accompanied
a camera can seek the focal point
hones in on beauty
awash in thick pigment
painted over the
*If you’d like to work through the entire STOPP program, a cognitive behavioral therapy program, it can be found here. Of course every one of us may need professional help and this program is offered as a mere guide for coping with every day life and stress.