Be sure to taste your thoughts before you chew on them.
– Petra Kolber
You made a mistake.
What do you do?
Ruminate or Reflect
Rumination: Act of repetitive thinking, most commonly negative thoughts about self. Often referred to as “self-punishment.”
Reflection: Ability to see the past for what it was. Often referred to as “self-discovery.”
The next time you make a mistake, instead of beating up yourself, ask:
What can I learn from this experience?
What is my mental state: Rumination or Reflection?
- Thinks about past.
- Wishes for a different outcome.
- Fills in blanks with stories.
- Uses lens of self-judgment.
- Views challenges as threats.
- Paralyzed by problems.
- Doubt demons thrive.
- Resides in present.
- Works with reality.
- Works with facts.
- Uses lens of self-compassion.
- Views challenges as opportunities.
- Takes action.
- Doubt demons starve.
M.A.P. = Mindfulness and Physical activity
SIT – WALK – SWEAT
20 minutes Sitting Meditation – 10 minutes Walking – 30 minutes Aerobic Exercise
The next time your thoughts begin to ruminate, or begin a downward spiral of doom,
Take a walk
Observe your surroundings
Pick a positive thought