Behavior changes feelings
In the therapy group, we regularly return to a model of self-reflection. You first describe the actual situation in a maximum of 5 sentences, then your thoughts, feelings and behavior. Then you read through everything and decide what was the most important and think of alternatives in a similar situation.
A model that can be used to better understand yourself in a certain situation and to come up with alternatives that can be used next time – a process of personal growth.
However, distinguishing between feelings and thoughts is not always easy. That’s why we practice with that.
This time by finishing part of an image. An assignment that requires a lot of focus.
After drawing, she writes her feelings and thoughts on the drawing.
She says that her feelings and thoughts changed by doing. By drawing, seeing where lines start and stop, how the colors work together, her focus is on her actions.
She tells how drawing calmed her down and how she was drawn into her subject – the smell of the apples, the taste of the apple, pleasant memories come back. And the feelings that come with that arise while drawing.
What does she take with her with this experience?
By doing something, my feelings change.
I can let my feelings determine what I do, but I can also do something different, which changes my feelings…