Defeating Thought Tornadoes!
My daughter and her family live in Oklahoma where they have tornados. When I watch the news and see the horrific photos of places hit by tornados. I can’t believe the amount of damage they cause! Frequently, tornados pick up trees, cars, farm machinery, animals, dirt, wood, bricks, furniture and garbage. They pickup just about anything in their path. Since what goes up, must come down, the debris field where all of this stuff comes down is typically widespread.
Perhaps you have experienced or seen what the landscape looks like after a tornado has moved through? The damage done to people and houses from all that flying debris is unimaginable.
Swirling Vortex Of Thought Fragments
You may remember that I described “thought tornados” as repetitive, unresolved thoughts on repeat. Similar to the circling winds of a tornado, our thoughts swirl around and around in our minds. These thoughts also leave debris in their path.
The debris from thought tornados includes physical debris like sleepless nights and exhaustion. Additionally, there are also mental debris such as difficulty making decisions, or not enjoying the present moment. These continued thoughts may even lead to anxiety or feelings of depression because we feel stuck and can’t see a way out. See a previous blog post titled: Are You In A Swirling Thought Tornado?
Mixed-Faith Thought Tornados
For women in mixed-faith families, these thought tornados may look like an unhealthy focus on what might happen to your family in the next life, or worrying about attending church on your own. The debris field might be your relationship with your unbelieving spouse or child.
There are 3 general steps for stopping these run-away thought tornados:
- Recognizing when we are experiencing a thought tornado.
- Seeing the damage these thoughts are creating.
- Realizing that we are creating these thoughts, and we can STOP them.
Sometimes it can be SUPER difficult to defeat the swirling thoughts, and these 3 steps are a lot easier said than done…
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