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Leaves on a stream

One exercise by Marsha Linehan that can help with detaching from overwhelming or negative feelings is the "leaves on a stream" exercise. Here are simple instructions:

Imagine you are sitting or standing in the middle of a stream. The water is flowing away in front of you.

Notice if there is any sound from the running water. Notice if there are any trees, etc. on the banks of the stream.

Now see leaves floating down the stream away from you.
They can be any shape, color, or size. As the negative thoughts come into your mind, be aware of what the thought is, and then place it on a leaf.

Now watch it float away down the stream. Do this with each thought as you notice it and for as long you like until you feel better.

As you acknowledge each of your thoughts, you do not need to hang onto them. There is no need to become attached to the thought. Just acknowledge it and then place it on a leaf.

By watching it float away, it loses its hold on you and its intensity.

 

 

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