I hope you don’t mind that I’m starting out this post with a drawing of the mind that I did not draw.
My mind noticed that drawing of the mind on the white board of my fellow psychotherapist, Megan, yesterday. My mind is now doing its best to remember Megan’s explanation of that drawing — I believe it represents confusion on the top of the mind and the attempt to go deeper into the mind, past the confusion.
I hope Megan, who reads this blog, does not mind the way I explained her drawing.
Because the mind makes connections and comparisons, my mind is now remembering a drawing of the mind I made several years ago (which figured in this old post, if you don’t mind my linking to that).
My mind is now noticing that both Megan and I have observed that human beings often have negative and uncomfortable thoughts and experiences on the top (or the front) of their minds and that they have to work hard to get past those.
Indeed, my mind has been struggling, lately, to get past negative and unhelpful thoughts including fortune-telling, catastrophizing, mind-reading, comparisons, shoulds, and the other common cognitive distortions listed here (if you don’t mind another link in this post).
I hope you don’t mind that today’s post has so few pictures:
As my mind thinks seriously and thinks honestly, it wishes I had photos of last night’s family Seder. My iPhone was otherwise engaged, FaceTiming with my son Aaron (whose fine mind is currently studying at the University of Edinburgh). Family members asked me last night if I minded Aaron being so far away from me. My mind seriously and honestly answered this way, “I miss him, but I don’t mind, because Edinburgh is the perfect place for him.”
My mind now wants to share this with you:
My mind now has the strange feeling I’ve ended other posts exactly like this before: Thanks to all who helped me create this post and to you — of course! — for reading it.