Flex & Flux
Stuck, rigid, closed, vulnerable
The oak tree is mightier
than the palm tree. It is big, strong, stiff and unyielding. It is inflexible,
and is much more vulnerable to being broken and blown down as a result of strong
Open, flexible, tolerant, adaptable
The palm tree is smaller
and flexible. It bends with the fierce wind in a storm, before standing again
and continuing to live after the storm has passed.
Just as the outside weather doesn't affect who we are, our core beliefs and life values, so our thoughts are just the weather of our minds.
It feels like we're in a hurricane, but eventually, the hurricane will run out of energy.
We might adapt and do things differently in spite of the weather. We have calm and sunny days, and there are stormy days, but we still have choices about how we react to that weather and what we do.
We can learn to notice when we are being a rigid oak, and become more flexible and open by allowing those winds of thoughts, images, words and feelings to blow on through and let them pass.
"Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open." Thomas Dewar
Encourage flexibility: see the bigger picture
This mp3 uses the oak and palm tree metaphor
THE WORRY TREE mp3
(for dealing with worry)
Female voice, with music.