When in a funk, careful about drawing big conclusions

 

A funk or any strong emotional state tends to color our experience of everything. And that goes for our thoughts as well. Our thoughts tend to reflect whatever emotional state we are in. It’s as if our mind wants to be helpful, so it creates or brings up thoughts aligned with the emotional state.

It’s good to notice this pattern.

I notice I am in a funk or an emotional state. I notice my mind creating certain stories that goes with that funk or emotion. And I notice that as the funk or emotional state passes, as it does, then those thoughts pass as well. They were linked to the emotional state. They were not as true as they seemed when they were supported by the emotional state.

As I notice this pattern over time, a part of me also recognizes and knows what’s happening and not to believe those thoughts. A part of me knows they are fueled by the funk or the emotions, and as the funk or emotions pass, the thoughts will not seem as true or real.

And that helps me avoid fueling the thoughts further, draw big conclusions (about life, others myself, situations) based on them, and especially to act on those conclusions.

This is kindness towards myself.

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Initial notes……

  • when in a funk, careful about draw big conclusions
    • when we are in a funk

When we are in a funk or any strong emotional state, it tends to color our experience of everything.

Our mind wants to be helpful so it creates thoughts that fits the state

Our mind, in an attempt to be helpful, tends to create thoughts that goes with the emotion or state.

It’s helpful to notice this pattern and especially to recognize it as it happens.

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A funk or any strong emotional state tends to color our experience of everything. It’s very common.

And our mind, in an attempt to be helpful, tends to create thoughts that goes with the emotion or state.

It’s helpful to notice this pattern. I notice I am in a funk, for whatever reason. I notice my mind wanting to go into certain stories that goes with that funk or emotion. And as I notice that, a part of me knows what’s happening and not to believe those thoughts.

Over time of noticing this pattern, the thoughts may barely surface without going much further. And we may also find practical strategies – including gentle distractions – to not let our thought go crazy in these situations.

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