Training your Subconscious Puppy

Here’s the beautiful paradox of Acceptance: If you accept all of your worries and intrusive thoughts instead of trying to fight them or be certain about them, you’ll gradually get rid of them. This is not the goal of Acceptance because there’s nothing wrong with those thoughts. But it’s a wonderful side-effect of Acceptance. When you fight intrusive thoughts, you place value on them in your brain, particularly to your subconscious, the part of your mind that’s throwing these thoughts

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Overcoming the Myth of You

Your perception of your self can be a barrier to practicing Acceptance. We conflate our fears with our identity. It’s known as “cognitive fusion”. We say things like, “I’m not good with people,” or “I don’t like people,” when it’s simply that we experience many fears and uncertainties around people. That leads us to invent myths about our identity so that we have an excuse to avoid situations that make us anxious.

One Breath Meditation Exercise

Meditation is to your brain what running is to your heart. Until very recently, meditation was treated as something spiritual. It was mostly confined to religion, hippies, and yoga classes. But that’s quickly changing as neuroscience research uncovers the very real impacts and benefits that meditation has for your brain.

You’re not the only one with mental health issues.

  This image is from The Acceptance Field Guide: Navigating anxiety and depression in an uncertain world, which explores how to practically apply the concepts of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to overcome anxiety and compulsive behaviors in your daily life. The Acceptance Field Guide is available for $2.99 on Amazon:

Give up on judgment.

I mean the term “judgement” in its broadest sense—judging things as good or bad, as right or wrong. Judgement is the opposite of Acceptance. Removing judgement from your life, regardless of whether it’s positive or negative judgement, will help you accept yourself and the world around you. A lot of my anxieties came from judging the world—believing some things are good, some are bad, this is right, that is wrong, etc. I judged the world and I judged myself. Somebody

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