“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale
I’ve been on a course this weekend and yesterday I learnt about CFT (Compassion Focussed Therapy); a therapy that is used to help people who are highly self critical and need help overcoming the shame they feel towards themselves. CFT bridges the gap that can sometimes be left by CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) where people know and understand that their thoughts are irrational but don’t ‘feel’ their rational thoughts on an emotional level (if you don’t understand any of this, or care, just skip to the last paragraph).
Part of CFT is the practise of Mindfulness; a type of meditation that had been proven effective in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is said to be an effective treatment because, with practice, it helps people to disengage with the negative thoughts that maintain their anxiety or depression. In time, cutting the mind off from negative thinking relieves the negative emotions.
We were shown the animation below called ‘Fly Meditation’ by Hanjin Song to illustrate how Mindfulness works (the fly represents a thought and the battle represents the inner battle you experience if you don’t learn to disengage from your thoughts). I thought the animation was a great metaphor for Mindfulness and wanted to share it with you.