Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Strategies

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This post will be about Mindfulness and Acceptance/Based Strategies. 

Is not so much a technique as a way to react to anxious thoughts, worries, or unpleasant emotions. 

There are lots of different techniques for achieving a state of mindfulness and acceptance, including some of the other strategies described through the different posts of this blog. 

When we experience negative emotions or anxiety/provoking thoughts, we usually try to get rid of them mentally pushing them out of our minds. 

Sadly, though, this rarely works. 

 

Trying to force out thoughts or emotions usually only makes them come back stronger than before. Mindfulness and acceptance, on the other hand, emphasize the importance of not fighting your thoughts or feelings. After all, they are just thoughts and feelings – they are part of who you are, part of what it means to be human. 

You may not want negative emotions or anxious thoughts, but don-t fight them. Sit back, let them float along your “mental river”, and let them flaot away. 

This can feel strange at first because we are so used to trying not to have these thoughts or feelings. But with practice, you can become an expert at letting the thoughts and emotions easily come and go. You will be surprised by how quickly they float away when you don’t fight them. 

If you need to cry, cry it all out. The sooner you start, the sooner you will be done. 

There are numbers of strategies for achieving a state of mindfulness and acceptance. Some include employing images and emtaphors similar to:

The boat metaphor

Picture a scene where you are looking at a river. Imagine that your thoughts or emotions are a boat floating down the river. But you don’t want the boat to block your view of the river. You could try wading into the water and holding back the boat. But that wouldn’t be too effective. You would waste a lot of time and energy and the baot would float along anyway.  You may even slow it down, making it block your view for even longer. 

You could also try to push it out of your view, but again, you would be wasting a lot of time and energy to achieve the same result. 

Or you could allow yourself to accept that the boat is coming and that it will go away eventually. You can be aware of the boat without judging it. 

Some other strategies to achieve mindfulness and acceptance include meditation and yoga exercises. 

Post made possible thanks to Montse M. 

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