We tackled our mind chatter in the Teen Flourishing Skills Group this week!
First of all, we became silent and listened to our thoughts.
We noticed the kind of thoughts we were having and learned the difference between worry thoughts and judgment thoughts, both of which keep us from problem solving.
As I shared the science behind our thoughts and how to train our brains to create new paths for a growth mindset I noticed the magnitude of the “judgment” thoughts hammering my own mind.
I noticed second guessing thoughts, self-doubt thoughts and some worry thoughts.
This self-awareness was tucked in my mind as we continued the session.
The girls did a stellar job of noticing the harmful thoughts and reframing them with strategic sentences to answer back to their judgment and worry mind chatter. They are learning mental mastery.
As they shared their intentions for the week, one of the girls said:
“I will let go.”
This confirmed my subject for this week’s blog I had drafted. I learned that the awareness of my thoughts and the reframing were tools to enable me to let go and show up in the world the way I intend.
Let go of what I cannot control.
Let go of thoughts that don’t serve me.
Let go of unrealistic expectations.
Let go of striving.
Let go of distractions so I can be in the present moment.
Let go of toxic behaviors or relationships.
At the close of each day, I ask myself, “What do I want to let go of, so I can wake up with a fresh start?”
Sometimes letting go brings tears, sometimes letting go brings celebration with dancing, but letting go always brings:
And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
1 John 1:9
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