If you have an issue with obsessively ruminating, then drawing back from such tedious thinking can feel impossible.
I am becoming increasingly aware of how I can use my disposition for ruminating as a cunning tactic to avoid dealing with what is important in the present moment. Anger can be a powerful distraction.
The responses to my last posts have been awesome. The support from so many amazing comments is what’s guiding me through the fog.
In the last couple of days, I’ve been pondering the comments from my post, “Burning Bridges”. Most people have similar ideas on how to change repetitive thinking. I suppose it’s like reprogramming our brains by consistently cutting down on the negative thoughts, in favour of the positive ones.
Fellow-blogger, Victoria from ‘Neuronotes’ http://victorianeuronotes.wordpress.com/ made an enlightening statement about “becoming an observer of our own circumstances”. She also shared her own research into how neural connections work and how we can change patterns of thinking.
Victoria believes – and I’m sure most will agree – whenever we ruminate over negative things, we are strengthening those connections in our brain. Those connections are what keep our mind stuck on replay. She shared this short video clip that shows neural connections at work… pretty amazing.
So, armed with everyone’s supportive comments and (when I remember) being more an observer of my own circumstances, I’ve been pushing forward. Each time I catch myself ruminating over trivialities, which is pretty much constantly, I drag my thinking back to the present moment. Admittedly, the continual change from negative to positive thinking is like a vigorous tennis match being played inside my head.
I must confess, “Being an observer of my own circumstances” is not easy when you don’t like what you see, but it does help to defuse the anger that comes from dark repetitive thinking.
On a much lighter note, two comments from my last two posts certainly contributed to my sense of being supported by an amazing blogging community. I have been nominated for another two awards – The Sunshine Award and the Family Award. A BIG heartfelt THANK YOU goes to those two wonderful bloggers who sent me the nominations…
Vicbriggs’s blog http://shardsofsilence.wordpress.com/