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Mindfulness of Thoughts

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There are a few ways we can manage negative unhelpful thoughts. One way is through mindfulness of thoughts, otherwise known as cognitive defusion. This exercise will help you to develop a new relationship with your negative thoughts and reduce the intensity of these thoughts.
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16 reflections
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Roger
My thoughts become real
As I think, I become. My mind has the ability to convince me of what I am, good or bad. What I “think” of myself, I am right!
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Jennifer
Mindfulness of thought
A thought doesn’t have to have power, it’s just a thought I can acknowledge the thought and move on without letting it tear me down.
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Natasha
I’m noticobg
How refreshing to realise that I am not my thoughts. I really like this exercise
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Roger
Realization
When I think of some of my unpleasant thoughts, those that can rattle me, when I think of them being open with them they aren’t as powering
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Carolyn
I will practice this
I really needed this. I don’t notice a lot of intrusive throughts as such. I just accept as truth. I will continue to practice this when I have an intrusive thought and say, “I’m noticing I’m having a thought that…”
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Kay
I feel lighter
I learned how to distance myself from my thoughts and reduce the impact of my thoughts.
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Patrick
Thoughts are just thoughts
I learned that thoughts aren’t always real. We must use discernment to filter out the positive/negative from the true/false. This isn’t always easy but with guided meditations and CBT I can begin to slowly but surely get better at knowing real from untrue thoughts.
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Barbara Harrow
Negative thoughts
When I have negative thoughts, not to let them overcome me. Let them go
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Jim
The depression is fighting back.
This is an excellent tool to use in my fight. The depression is fighting back agains the effects of my TMS and I need new weapons. This one is perfect.
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Jodie
Just thoughts
Feeling depressed because I was having thoughts that I’m not good enough and I feel so lonely. I’m okay now. Those are thoughts. I have the love of family and friends. I just need to feel that. People love me. I am lovable. I will find real love again one day. I will find my real person. I will find joy in myself first. I will forgive myself for everything.
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Denise
Defusing negative thoughts
I learned that I have the ability to defuse my negative thoughts: Negative Thought I’m having the negative thought that… I’m noticing that I’m having the negative thought that… By following this progression of awareness and thinking, I can reduce and remove the intensity and emotional distress of the negative thought. Yay me! 😍
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Jkt
I’m noticing I’m gaving the thought
That this was a fantastic giftof a seven minute discussion and a powerful opening to addressing what I have labeled obsessive thinking which didn’t really help. Now I have a tool in the use of the phrase
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Lynn
Mindfulness thoughts
Learn a very good techniques to create a distance from your thoughts Repeat the (negative)thoughts - feelings Repeat I am having the (negative ) thoughts - feelings Repeat I’ve noticed that I am having the (negative) thoughts -feelings
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Holly
Negativities
I noticed that I hold on to negative experiences and thoughts. Knowing that they’re only thoughts helps me distance myself from them.
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Holly
Negativities
I noticed that I repeatedly hold on to negative memories and thoughts. They return when I am insecure. But they are only thoughts and I can’t be controlled by them.
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Ian
Thoughts are just thoughts we are charge of how we feel
A useful exercise in realizing unpleasant thoughts are attached to feelings and these can be decoupled