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Good thought cinema. Saturday August 15, 2015

My daughter graduated from university recently, so we had a 'graduation tea' for her.

At the party she was given various presents and keepsakes. I organised a keepsake for her which consisted of a little handmade book. Inside the book, all of the 8 guests were asked to write 3 things:

1. A nice memory of the Graduate.
2. Something nice about her.
3. A good wish for the future.

The night before the party, I was laid in bed planning all this and thinking of various memories and one funny one in particular.

I acknowledged how happy and contented I was feeling.

This was followed by a bad memory sneaking in the back door of my mind and with it an uncomfortable feeling.

I then changed my thoughts back again to the nice, funny memories and went to sleep feeling great about the party the next day, and great about not allowing my mind a 'free thought reign'.

I hope you can have some fun in your own cinema of good thoughts today.

A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Dawn Sat, Aug 15th 2015 @ 8:00am

Good morning all. I have to go out just now, but will be back after lunch and will check in to Moodscope. :D x

Hopeful One Sat, Aug 15th 2015 @ 8:58am

Hi Dawn- thank you so much for pointing to a tool we all have but so rarely use. It is that facility to replace our negative thoughts and feelings with positive ones. To continue your cinema analogy what mindfulness seems to me to say is that there is also another way. We should just be a member of the audience of the Thought Cinema but with important provisos like leaving the script alone. not jumping up to join in, or directing the players in any way. The effect of this masterly inactivity is that the thoughts or feelings have nothing to interact with and pass away of their own accord leaving a calm state of mind behind.

elizabeth Sat, Aug 15th 2015 @ 10:55am

I can relate to this, thank you.

Bearofliddlebraincom Sat, Aug 15th 2015 @ 11:11am

Hi Dawn, what a lovely gift idea and choice of analogy for today's blog. It is so true that we can constantly replay the bad film in our heads, about the outcome of a meeting, going to a party or dinner or just meeting up with people. In truth, the reality of it often ends up being far less a Hammer Horror film but perhaps just a normal, I am so glad you were able to get peace and sleep without the annoying episode reappearing.
HO - I like your mindfulness perspective too! Just be a watcher, a member of the audience without having to take part.
Thank you.
Karen x

Bearofliddlebraincom Sat, Aug 15th 2015 @ 11:12am

..oops...forgot to say, congrats to your daughter on her achievement and to you and her family/friends for helping her get there! K x

susan Sat, Aug 15th 2015 @ 11:42am

Hi Dawn, it's wonderful that you were able to consciously choose to turn off those bad thoughts. It is a skill that is vital to our well-being and i think the more we practise, the easier it gets. There was a quote on Moodscope one day that went right into my brain and has helped a lot with anxiety (my biggie) so here it is again: "To worry is to use your imagination to create a reality that you do not want". Have a great day and thank you for your blog this morning. susan xx

Vera Sat, Aug 15th 2015 @ 1:53pm

Yes...changing your thinking....change your day...that is also a good tool in my epically huge toolbox :) Congats and hugggs to you and your daughter!

Vera Sat, Aug 15th 2015 @ 1:53pm

Yes...changing your thinking....change your day...that is also a good tool in my epically huge toolbox :) Congats and hugggs to you and your daughter!

Dawn Sat, Aug 15th 2015 @ 2:38pm

HO – that’s a good idea, just watching and not joining in. I will try that, it’s been said before, but sometimes I need to hear it several times until it becomes and ‘aha’ moment.
BOLBC – I often create the Hammer House even though I know the outcome is always not so bad. Thank you for your congratulations, I’m very proud of her.
Susan – I love your quote of "To worry is to use your imagination to create a reality that you do not want". Thank you, it will be helpful to me too.
And like Vera said, we all have a lovely big fat toolbox, so need to sit inside it when the Hammer House starts playing.
Have a great day :D x

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