Going out of your mind. A title that usually has a negative meaning. Today I want to discuss going out of your mind from a positive mindset. As humans, we are born with the ability to trust and love. We are largely a blank slate with a personality built in. As we go through our lives, rough experiences, not getting our needs met, being bullied, and so on causes us to develop rules/filters that influence our thoughts and feelings. As children, this approach works for us. Even if our caregivers are amazing, other children can be tough to deal with. As adults, these coping mechanisms we learned in childhood no longer serve us. To learn new skillsets, we need to go outside of our minds to process new information without filters.
One way to process new information is through the use of imagery. Imagery helps us focus outside of ourselves and apply those lessons inside. The imagery we are going to try today is picturing an animal that represents you. Next, you are going to think of the characteristics of that animal. For example, I chose the octopus. An octopus has eight legs and I am always juggling many tasks. An octopus uses his mind and escape from anywhere. I am usually quiet and thinking so I can move to the next thing. I am also trying new things and impossible to control.
Now it is your turn. What is the animal that represents you? What are its characteristics? How are you like that animal? When you get stuck in your head, think about the animal that represents you. Embody the characteristics of that animal and utilize that animal’s traits to help you through rough times and come up with solutions to your challenges. Also, you can pick more than one animal and use the imagery in different situations. For example, the imagery of the lion when you feel you are in danger or have a tough challenge to solve and the imagery of a horse when you have time to be free.
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