Don’t you just hate it when some thought creeps up on you, then – before you know it – seems to take over your whole life?
Fatima K. is a Moodnudges reader who recently told me about something like this that happened two years ago when she was dealing with the loss of a very close family member.
She explained that she went through hell and almost started feeling numb as her brain showed her countless images of the person she’d lost, and both the nice things that had happened – and the terrible ones.
But here’s how Fatima said she approached this: “A lot of it is fuzzy now, but I’d read somewhere about ‘standing up’ to your mind/thoughts. So when my mind told me I was a terrible family member and that I hadn’t tried as much as I could have, I resulted to telling it to basically go suck it. Treating the thoughts as a nuisance to my life belittled them and gave me the courage to move on.”
What a great idea. Fatima defused the noisy inner voices by giving them a good talking to, sending them on their way.
How did this feel? Back to Fatima: “It’s important to note that when I ‘stood up’, it wasn’t a war between me and myself, it was more like a protest by me against the thoughts. Like standing up to a bully, no matter what they did to try and stop you.”
For Fatima, this was a real life-saver. I wonder if something similar could work for you?
Your thoughts don’t have to define who you are, or at least they needn’t if you don’t allow them to.