Sunday, March 7, 2010

March 7th - 14th, 2010

THIS WEEK: Mindfulness will be our goal, not in another practice per say, but rather an attempt to become more mindful about some of the most common things in our vocabulary. I want to get us in touch with some of our thoughts and feelings on matters that perhaps we aren't spending much time on thinking too deeply about. So, we will be more interactive this week!

For starters, I want to hear what the definition of CRISIS is for each one of you. I will share mine later this week.

Next, I will list some myths about emotions and what I would like to hear are some ways that we can challenge those myths.

1) For every situation I have, there is right way and a wrong way to feel about it.

2) I should be able to control my emotions.

3) Frustration equals anger, just miniaturized.

4) Avoiding difficult emotions is a survival safety feature.

5) All emotions require some form of action.

6) It is destructive to have negative feelings.

7) I didn't control my negative thinking well enough if I have a painful emotion.

8.) I am out of control if I am emotional.

9) Some emotions are useless.

10) I should find a way to stop having emotions that get in the way of my relationship with other people.

(although these myths are not copied, some are taken from those of which Marsha Linehan uses in her Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder, and the idea may be repeated)

Let us know what you think! I will check back in a few days and expound on our comments! Can't wait to hear from you all

MJ