In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT , practicing mindfulness and acceptance is a way to begin to notice our present moment experience with less struggle. Below we provide links to a variety of exercises that many people have found helpful. The exercises below help you become more aware of thoughts, feelings, and emotions from a stance of acceptance and willingness. These exercises are specifically developed for people struggling with anxiety. This next exercise below is similar to the Acceptance of Thoughts and Feelings exercise above, but is a little more challenging. The Body Scan is typically done sitting or lying down. It gradually draws your attention from the tips of your toes to the crown of your head. Any of the daily activities we do can be a time to practice being in the present moment, including while eating, washing the dishes, cleaning the house, or brushing out teeth. Below are meditations on eating mindfully and observing your own hand mindfully. This animated short from Joe Oliver illustrates the usefulness of practicing acceptance.
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Meditation Exercise: Leaves on the stream by far my favourite and what I practice most. This is an eye-closed exercise. First read the instructions and then when you are sure you understand them, close your eyes and do the exercise. Or you can use the recordings at the end of this post. Imagine a beautiful slow-moving stream. The water flows over rocks, around trees, descends down-hill, and travels through a valley.
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A cceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT provides us with the tools to practice cognitive defusion , which is the willingness to let go of the attachment and over-identification with thoughts that cause suffering. Cognitive defusion is a tool that, when mindfully and diligently practiced, serves to disentangle you from thoughts that cause you to suffer. You are the eternal and mindful presence that is capable of noticing your thoughts enter into conscious awareness, sit in the forefront of your awareness, and then leave awareness. The way to begin to free yourself from unnecessary emotional suffering begins with your willingness to look at your thoughts in a new way. If your patterns of thinking or negative self-talk tends to cause you significant emotional distress, begin to ask yourself how willing you are to try to consider those thoughts differently.
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