I want to try something a little different with you. Before we start we will do a short journalling exercise.
This is a lovely exercise; you create for yourself a bank of thoughts and feelings stuff that makes you feel really good to be alive. Then in your odd moments when you’re feeling a little know you can go back to your bank and feelings and news them to lift your spirits.
Start by writing a series of single words, for example: –
You get the idea.
You can use your bank of great thoughts and feelings as a bailout if you are doing an exercise that may cause you to some pain. As soon as you start to feel uncomfortable step out of the exercise, change your physiology or practice some breathing techniques and move to your bank of great thoughts and feelings.
Often you write about painful experiences, and start to relive the experience, which may be unhelpful. It is important to get this stuff out and onto paper, and once we have done that is even more important that when we reflect on it we do so from a stand back position. We take a stand back position so that it protects it from the pain we may have been feeling, it separates feeling from the images that we can see, it allows us to see the event in a new way and therefore put it to bed.
When we work with our journal and go back and look at some of the things that we have written, some of these things as we have said, may be painful so that when we reflect it is better to reflect when we are out of the picture so that we can view it objectively and without emotion. When we reflect on something that was great it is better to reflect when we are in the picture so that we can remember, see feel and hear all of the great things that happened.
Think back to an entry in your journal, which may have been in an unpleasant event. As you start to reread the event, imagine that what you have written is a script for a play.
Blank screen, rerun the movie, and do this for at least 10 times.
Rewrite the script from other peoples perspectives. Run this through on your movie screen.
What did you learn?
Carry on journalling!