a situation as it is,
rather than how we want it to be.
To be repeatedly 'turning the mind'.
To be in the actual situation you are in,
rather than the situation you think you're in,
or think you should be in.
Removing judgement of what is.
Your mind is always going to give you
other ideas, interpretations,
reminding you of old strategies
- whether helpful or unhelpful.
Each time your mind wanders
and you notice these other thoughts and images,
simply bring your attention back to this moment.
Don't judge the situation
to be good, or bad,
or in any way.
Simply bringing your attention
back to this moment,
and being effective in this situation.
You may need to 'turn your mind'
many many times
in a short space of time.
It can help to use memory aids
to remind us
of how we can help ourselves
during distressing times:
IMPROVE the moment.
I - Imagery Think of a safe place; visualize that place.
M - Find Meaning in the situation.
P Prayer – Meditation, spirituality, affirmations.
R - Relaxation, physically relax.
O - One thing at a time.
V - Vacation – Take some time out of the situation,
E - Encouragement – Positive and calming self talk.