Thursday, June 10, 2021

Helping our patients to “be like water” at times

I’ve seen a number of folks this week who have great difficulties around moving towards acceptance, after an unexpected negative event or crisis.

They often have a very hard time differentiating “intellectual acceptance” versus “emotional acceptance”. They are aware that logically they have to accept, but emotionally, they still haven’t fully “let go”. 

Staying in a chronic state of non acceptance with fight, flight, or freeze, will negatively impact our biopsychosocial health.

One way of explaining “acceptance” is using the metaphor of water.

If one put an obstacle in front of water, water doesn’t complain, resist or get angry. It accepts what is IS and continue on its path, and at the same time, stay true to itself.

The real question is, are you or your patients good with acceptance?

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