A little late with the Blog, busy week
First off thank you to all who made it to Imogen's talk on Monday evening. It was very interesting. She has left some web site addresses for anyone who is interested in getting regular updates or want to join her meetings group. These are they:-
I know that I promised to take some notes....Well I'm afraid Imogen was insistent that we paid attention to what was being said and note taking could be a distraction, therefore I can only give a personal opinion about what I took from her talk!
Firstly a big thank you to Imogen for coming along and giving us her time!
We began the meeting by listing all the different influences we think causes depression. We came up with tons! We then talked about the difference between "Thoughts" and "Thinking" "Thoughts a fleeting" Thinking is when we capture that thought and start to build on it, over thinking, thinking too much. Imogen used the example of a dripping tap, We will hear it and the thought is "I can hear a dripping tap" We may then go off thinking, Why is it dripping, Why don't they change the washer, it's going to cause a mess or flood everywhere ....and so on. Over thinking the situation.
Imogen then went on to show us how slowing our thinking down and using our innate wisdom can help. We did make the observation that her theory was close to that of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Imogen explained that CBT is a concept. It has to be learned and continually used to have an affect. Her theory is innate. It is within us all, so it doesn't have to be a technique. She used an example that helped me understand a little bit more of what she was saying. Imagine a bowl full of water, lying on top of the water is a thick layer of silt. How do you get to the water? You allow it to settle.
To me that would suggest that patience is at play here. Now I am not one of the worlds most patient and I would have probably started scooping out that silt long before it settled! But it makes sense and my thought is that I am beginning to understand a bit more of what Imogen was trying to get across!
Hope the coming week is kind to you all