It’s not OK, is it true?

 

When I tell myself I don’t feel so good, it can be a comfort knowing it will change. It has always changed in the past, and probably will again, even if it may be difficult to imagine it in the situation.

And when I tell myself I feel good, it can be equally comforting to think it won’t change. To imagine it will stay that way, or avoid the thought that it may change.

How is it to look at the reversals?

When I tell myself I don’t feel so good, can I find peace with it as it is, even if it wouldn’t change? Is it true I need it to change? Is it true it’s not OK as it is? In what way is it the best – for me, others, the world – that this experience is here?

And when I tell myself I feel good, can I find peace with the thought that it may change? Can I find where I am willing for it to change? Where I look forward to it changing? In what way would it be the best – for me, others, the world – if it changed?

Even more simply:

This is a good experience, is it true? What do I find when I investigate that thought?

I don’t feel so good, is it true? What do I find when I explore that thought?

A list of thoughts to look into:

When I tell myself I feel good: I feel good. This is a good experience. It’s better if it stays this way. I want it to stay this way. I don’t want it to change. If it changes, it means something went wrong. It will change. It won’t last. I need it to last.

When I tell myself I don’t feel so good: It means something is wrong. I don’t feel good. This is not a good experience. I want it to change. This is not OK. I need it to change. It won’t change. It will stay. It will change.

I don’t feel so good, and that means…. Something is wrong, I am not doing it right, something terrible will happen, I won’t be able to function as well, […] has a better life than me.

I don’t feel good, because…. I did something wrong.

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