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Managing thoughts. Metaphor 2. Wednesday May 22, 2013

Ignoring our negative thoughts is tough and can be very difficult to do. Using a metaphor can help. Why not see if this one helps.



Do you ever feel you are being carried away by a swirling river, struggling to stay afloat among mud and debris. The stuff in the river are our thoughts, sensations, events and feelings. The river is our distress as we drift helplessly downstream. But that's not the only option. We can get out of the river and stand on the bank. watching as those thoughts, experiences and feelings go by, disappearing into the distance.  It might be helpful to note individual items as they pass – a log representing some thoughts, a rubbish bag of bad experiences which you can throw away.

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Victoire Wed, May 22nd 2013 @ 9:07am

I like this, having come across this metaphor through mindfulness (Jon Kabat Zinn's excellent book Mindful way through Depression). I esp like the idea of watching thoughts drift by as streams and rivers do, then find myself all caught up in one as so often happens, and hauling myself back out and onto the bank again. I found that very helpful, maybe because I could picture it so vividly. I know it may not work for everyone but for me, this gives me some distance on the never ending stream of thoughts (and after all, writers do talk about "the stream of consciousness"!).

Anonymous Wed, May 22nd 2013 @ 9:22am

...or climb in a boat with a life jacket on!

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