Thinking, feeling, being and doing: how do these inform and influence one another?
Albert Ellis, of blessed memory, was one of the early pioneers in the field of psychology who recognized the powerful influence that thoughts have on feelings and behaviors, and his work paved the way for cognitive behavioral therapy and other contemporary approaches to psychotherapy.
On her blog, Growing Yoga, my friend and colleague Rachel Lanzerotti recently posted about the power of observing our thoughts mindfully, rather than being held hostage by them.
What are you thinking right now?
"I give her my heart but she wanted my soul
But don’t think twice, it’s all right
I’m walkin’ down that long, lonesome road, babe
Where I’m bound, I can’t tell"
–lyrics from "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" by Bob Dylan