Acceptance

"Acceptance doesn't mean resignation" – Michael J. Fox quote

Some Quotes on Acceptance

As my chronic mental illness has become increasingly treatment-resistant, I’ve done a lot of work on accepting the hand that life has dealt me. Acceptance isn’t about resignation or embracing unpleasant things; it’s about recognizing that what’s here right now is here, and trying to resist it will only increase suffering. Here are some acceptance …

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How much control do you have over your own mind? - graphic of head with cogs turning inside

How Much Control Do You Have Over Your Mind?

A while back, a post about choosing to be positive came up in my WP Reader feed. The blogger mentioned that “our mind is something we do and can have control over.” While they weren’t making reference to mental illness at all, I don’t think control over one’s own mind is quite so cut and …

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Acceptance and commitment therapy metaphors: passengers on a bus, tug of war, leaves on a stream, and the chessboard

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Metaphors

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is really big on using metaphors to convey key concepts. This post will take a look at a few of them. Self-as-context metaphors Chessboard A core message of ACT is that our self is the context for what happens inside our heads, not the content of it. One metaphor for …

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The mindful RAIN acronym: recognize, allow, investigate kindly, non-identification

It’s RAIN-ing Mindfulness

My friends at WeDIDitPTSD recently brought up Jack Kornfield‘s approach to RAIN, a mindfulness meditation for dealing with overwhelm, and I thought I’d explore that further in a post. RAIN, which is based on Buddhist teachings, was first described by Insight Meditation Society teacher Michele McDonald. Rain acronym R: Recognition The R is about exploring …

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Non-acceptance, suffering, and mental illness - outline of a person meditating in lotus position

Non-Acceptance, Suffering, and Mental Illness

Winter Dragonflies wrote quite a while back about creating your peace. It made me think about the relationship between non-acceptance and suffering in the context of mental illness, and I started this draft that I’ve finally gotten around to writing. Mental illness isn’t fun, that much is clear. How we relate to illness, wellness, and …

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MH@H book review: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

Book Review: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD by Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy has just been released in its second edition. I was curious what a mindful approach to OCD would look like, but, as the subtitle says, this is a mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in combination book; it’s not a pull up a cushion …

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The problem with perfect is that it doesn't exist

The Problem With Perfect… Is That It Doesn’t Exist

Being perfect is an ideal that some people may strive for or feel that they are required to attain, but how realistic is the notion of perfection? One of the biggest problems with perfect is that a lot of things in this world are subjective. When it comes to things that are subjective, everyone has …

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MH@H book review: Get Out Of Your Mind and Into Your Life

Book Review: Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life

Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life by Steven C. Hayes explains how concepts from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) can get you unstuck from your thoughts so you’re free to actually start living. The book takes a brief look at relational frame theory, on which ACT is based, but doesn’t get bogged …

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