This exercise works great for affirming an individual's positive aspects.
Please make adjustments for your situation.
Group size: 10, plus a group leader or teacher
Exercise: on a piece of paper, have everyone write down all the names (first and last names) of the people in the group. Leave space between the names to write more.
For each name write 2 things positive about that person's behavior (things that they do). For example, you are a good listener and you show empathy to others. Or, you get others involved and you make people smile when you are around them.
Group leader: collect the papers. Take one piece of paper for each group member. Write their name at the top of the page. For each name, write the positive affirmations under it. There should be 18 total under each name. (10 group members write about the other group members = 9 others x 2 positive affirmations = 18).
At the end of the class or meeting, give each individual their list of positive affirmations.
This exercise can have a life long effect that people will never forget.
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Please share your experience with this exercise!
It is fascinating what the media and food companies are referring to as healthy eating. There are so many different theories on healthy food and it is bombarded at us on a daily basis. How do we know what is the best choices for our needs?
I was watching a cooking show that claimed it was healthy living. The chef made this beautiful salad loaded with fruit and vegetables. She then dumped blue cheese on it and said, "There you go, a healthy salad."
What ever your feelings about dairy products (pro or con), we all know that cheese is loaded with calories and is not conducive to weight loss or maintenance. In other words, if you are gaining weight, it is not healthy.
So how do we make choices that are "healthy"? With much thought and evaluation of my own values, I came up with a solution on how I define healthy food: sustainability. Am I eating environmentally sustainable food?
How I am I going to approach this? I will be mindful of what I eat. Before I buy it, make it or eat it, I will evaluate the amount of damage that is caused into the making of this food. Living up to my values doing the least amount of harm is now my new healthy.
I have recently taken an interest in the benefits of mindfulness and mindful meditation. This topic has been a part of Eastern healing for thousands of years, but only accepted recently in Western cultures. It's not that people haven't been practicing it in Western cultures, its that it has only been empirically studied since the mid 20th century. Findings repeatedly show that mindfulness and meditation have statistically better results (than aspects of CBT) for helping people with stress, coping, depression and other mental health issues.
I find the topic of mindfulness to be very simple and complicated at the same time. This meaning that the idea is simple-be in the present without judgement-but the process is just that, a process. Mindfulness is to the mind like exercise is to the body. They are both have health benefits, they take repeated practice and its important to enjoy the process rather than focus on the end goal.
I spend a lot of time driving, so I purchased an audible subscription to learn about things I am interested in and keep my brain exercising. I have listened to some painfully bad books, but I try to endure until the end thinking that if I could get one good thing out of them it was with the price. When I finally discovered Kornfield's The Roots of Buddhist Psychology, it was the book that I didn't want to put down. I think one of the most important things of the audio book is that it focuses on underlying issues rather than treating the symptoms of problems.
If you are familiar with Kornfield's or similar work, please leave a comment.
The google definition:
1) The capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.
2) A deep understanding of a person or thing.
3) new understanding by a mentally ill person of the causes of their disorder.
Pay attention to your inner self. Find your insight and feed your soul. Are you feeding your soul or feeding sickness?
Personal control is gained through insight rather than will.
What is your insight definition?