Instructions for "Tuning in to Another Station":
Last week you practiced paying attention to thoughts as they arose, and listening to them without judgment, as if they were on a radio playing in the background. This week, you will take it a step further...
The purpose of this practice is to help you become aware of your old stories and get accustomed to the idea that you can change them at any time. This is not to say that these old stories are bad—quite often there is a valuable message or lesson in the story that will be helpful for us. However, mulling over the same stories again and again can have negative consequences such as a bout of low mood or anxiety.
It can be quite surprising to notice just how much time we can spend mulling over past stories and events. We humans are naturally story-telling creatures and it's through story that we bond with each other and understand the world. Many anthropologists argue that we are more inclined to notice the negative as it was how we were able to keep ourselves safe from predators as we evolved, BUT, it is important to ask yourself — if that is how you want to spend your valuable time now?
It's worth remembering that humans are also creators, and that each new moment offers you a choice to create a better future.
"The stories we create influence the stories of other people, those stories give rise to still others, and soon we find meaning and connection within a web of story making and story living. Through our personal myths, we help to create the world we live in, at the same time that it is creating us." Dan P. McAdams
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