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Looking at things differently. Metaphor1. Tuesday May 21, 2013

How do you make yourself see things differently? How do you see light when it feels dark? How do you see a clear way forward, when everything feels confusing? How do you change your mood?

An approach common to every culture and religion is to use stories, analogies and parables to illuminate understanding, make points more memorable and help us make positive changes.
You can use metaphors to create alternative ways of looking at things, to see the world in a different light. Just that alone, seeing your thoughts differently, will help you to create a distance between you and your thoughts that will help you to stand back, observe more objectively and make wiser decisions about how to react.

Today and over the next few days we explore 3 metaphors that people have found useful to manage their thoughts. Here's the first one.

Picture yourself driving a bus which is full of noisy passengers (your thoughts), doing their best to distract you with comments about your poor driving and giving you competing instructions on where to go. Does that mean you can't drive the bus safely and in the right direction? Of course not. You concentrate on the road ahead (the task in hand) and let the passengers chatter away. As you focus on your task, their voices fade into the background.

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Anonymous Tue, May 21st 2013 @ 8:17am

Brilliant! Very helpful, thanks.

Anonymous Tue, May 21st 2013 @ 8:25am

That's all fine, but right now, I feel like I'm one of the passengers.

Anonymous Tue, May 21st 2013 @ 9:35am

Ha. Yes. Me too sometimes. So on those days maybe we just part the bus!?

Anonymous Tue, May 21st 2013 @ 10:08am

very useful, thank you

Julia Tue, May 21st 2013 @ 11:09am

Perhaps us Moodscopers could all be passengers on the bus. We would either fall silent or gabble on incessantly. I think we would have fun talking to each other, exchanging stories, commiserating and above all helping each other.

Anonymous Tue, May 21st 2013 @ 12:03pm

Sometimes I think having a bucket of cold water thrown over me would bring me out od the 'noise' that goes on in my mind. A bit of humour in the blog would be welcome - nothing better than something that makes you laugh.

Anonymous Tue, May 21st 2013 @ 12:12pm

Not come across this metaphor before - back seat driving is so annoying! Hmmmm! I know I often assume my feelings are facts and I need to unpick this... to remember that my feelings and thoughts about things may not be the reality. Lots of food for thought again.

Anonymous Tue, May 21st 2013 @ 6:44pm

Maybe a tat unkind to yourself COLD WATER ? I find a little slow deep breathing - or at least thinking about my inbreath
and outbreath - calms me; even if it's only for a few seconds. A good laugh ( or even a chuckle ) well I agree -
" a laugh a minute - I say " !

drw austin tx Wed, May 22nd 2013 @ 1:05am

could you bring Jon back please

Victoire Wed, May 22nd 2013 @ 9:09am

not terribly helpful drw Austin tx!

Julia Wed, May 22nd 2013 @ 12:49pm

Exactly Victoire!

Elizabeth Wed, May 22nd 2013 @ 4:41pm

Come on, girls, austin just asked. Maybe he even pleaded because he is really unhappy. That's ok too. Not every comment online can be helpful, maybe this is actually asking for help.

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