The Coping Kete

No. 33: Moving Into It

This week, in order to attain, maintain or regain my sense of wellness…

I will practice coping with the things I don’t want to think about by scheduling short moments in each day when I will deliberately think about them for a few minutes.

This week I will focus on living the lesson behind the saying “I cannot leave until I first allow myself to arrive.” Rather than avoiding or constantly moving away from certain thoughts and feelings, I will move into them, so that I can practice letting them leave.

For a few minutes I will make myself aware of the different memories, thoughts and feelings I have been holding off. I will observe them pass through my mind and body as they come and go, by describing them to myself in my head.  I will practice feeding myself comforting and encouraging self-statements throughout the exercise, ultimately making this an experience of self-compassion and care.

I will then turn to my next task.

Once I am used to deliberately observing the thoughts and memories that distress me and comforting myself, I will add it to my Personal Coping Kete as a way of working through what is bothering me in moments of distress.

One Thought on “No. 33: Moving Into It

  1. engageblog on March 22, 2011 at 23:00 said:

    This is something a therapist once gave me to do. Challenging indeed, but really helpful as I began to realise that I can cope with the distressing memories, fears and feelings, and importantly that they really do pass.

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