Mindfulness of Thoughts
It is our mind’s job to produce thoughts as well as our ability to experience and think about them. Often we treat our thoughts as if they are facts. For example, you may have had the thought ‘I can’t do this’ which then made you believe that you were a failure. If we attach such meaning to a thought it can feel like it is very real and powerful. However in reality, thoughts are just thoughts – they are neither good or bad, positive or negative – they are simply thoughts. Sometimes our thoughts may be based on factual events, but we need to remember that even then thoughts are simply the mind thinking.
In mindfulness of thoughts we pay attention to our thinking, accepting our thoughts without judgment. The aim is not to stop thinking, or to think more positively, but rather to observe and accept whatever thought arises, seeing it for what it is.
If you choose to do mindfulness of thoughts, please try to:
- Do this twice a day over the next few weeks.
- Use the guided audio or text-based version of the guided-audio exercise (found in ”Practise Tools’ & ‘Downloads’ boxes below) to assist you with your daily practise.
- Complete the self-monitoring form (pdf version found in ‘Downloads’ box below) before and after each practise.
Note: You are also able to listen to the guided-audio with one of the the relaxation videos in the box below. Just press play on the audio and then play on the video. You can also switch to ‘full-screen’.
In this box you will find two guided-audios and four relaxation videos to help you with your daily practise.
- The first guided audio (introduction) explains ‘why to do it’ and the second (exercise) is the actual guided exercise itself (what you will use when doing the daily practise).
Mindfulness of Thoughts: Introduction
Mindfulness of Thoughts: Exercise
In this box you will find two pdfs that you can download to assist you with your practise.
- The first is a text-based version of the guided-audios above and the second is a self-monitoring practise form.
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