Day 52 - Detach and Observe
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Beth Kurland Ph.D.
Beth is a clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy, mind-body medicine, positive psychology and acceptance and commitment therapy - and author of multiple books, including the recent Dancing on the Tightrope: Transcending the Habits of Your Mind and Awakening To Your Fullest Life.
Mental strength requires a process of managing our thoughts, regulating our emotions, and behaving productively, despite our circumstances. While all three areas can be a struggle, it's often our thoughts that make it most difficult to be mentally strong.
As we go about our daily routines, our internal monologue narrates our experience. Our self-talk guides our behavior, and influences the way we interact with others. It also plays a major role in how we feel about ourselves, other people, and the world in general.
But our thoughts can be unrealistic, irrational and inaccurate. Automatically believing them can lead to communication issues, relationship problems, and unhealthy decisions. Mindfulness gives us the capability to observe our thoughts - to keep from attaching or being swept away by them - and so, the power to respond strategically, rather than compulsive react.