Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Metaphors | THERE GO YOUR THOUGHTS |

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Mark Taylor | Canberra Psychologist | Find a comfortable position and close your eyes.
Now notice: where are your thoughts?
Where do they seem to be located: above you, behind you, in front of you, to one side? [pause for 5 seconds]
And notice the form of those thoughts: are they pictures, words, or sounds? [pause 5 seconds]
And notice: are they moving or still?
And if moving: what speed and what direction? [Pause 10 seconds]
Notice there are two separate processes going on here: there is a process of thinking – your “thinking self” is throwing all sorts of words and pictures at you and there’s a process of noticing – your “observing self” is noticing all those thoughts [pause 5 seconds]
Now this gets your mind whirring, debating and analysing, so let’s do it again.
Notice: where are your thoughts?
Are they pictures or words, moving or still? [pause 10 seconds]
There go your thoughts and there “you” are observing those thoughts.
Your thoughts keep changing.
The “you” that observes them does not change. this is the observing self.
Once again this gets your mind whirring, debating and analysing, so let’s just do that one last time.
Notice where are your thoughts?
Are they pictures or words, moving or still? [Pause 10 seconds]
There go your thoughts, and there you are, observing your thoughts – your thoughts change, you don’t. In fact thoughts come & go, like leaves on a stream. Source: ACT Made Simple by Russ Harris

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