Bracing, Embracing – Change

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The natural response of the old-timers is to build a strong moral wall against the outside. This is where the world starts to be painted in black and white, saints inside, and sinners outside the wall. Mary Douglas
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Bracing Against DefinitionThe expression is generally used to mean to hold oneself against something for support (strength) preparing for an impact. However, I more often hear it used in a figurative sense: She braced herself for/against the bad news that she knew the doctor was going to tell her.

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For the past several posts I have been writing about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have been working at changing my negatives with positives.  It really isn’t easy because it is difficult to undo a lifetime of bad habits mentally.

I have two choices about what I should do, I can brace against it, or I can embrace it.  For me my first choice is to brace against something.  I think it is a defense against hurt and betrayal.  Bracing against things keeps my muscles tense and my brain aching.  It keeps me from ever taking the offense in any given situation.  I spoke about it when I wrote about “Learning New Tricks“.

To Embrace Definition –  To embrace something is to welcome it with open arms, hold, hug, accept completely. You might embrace your sweetheart, or even changes in technology.

I have decided to embrace the new, let go of the old.  What is amazing between bracing against, embracing something is two small letters, “em“.

EM Definition – word-forming element meaning “put in or into, bring to a certain state,” sometimes intensive

I have been living in one certain state of mind, the negative mind.  Now I am learning to live or bring to a certain state, a mind that is positive, peaceful.  Yes, two little letters make a world of difference.

There are probably many ways to accomplish this lesson.  I feel I would choose meditation.  My favorite way is play some of my favorite music. people-taking-group-picture-3184398

Matthew Blog Of The Wolf Boy writes about trying Yoga in latest post “Hot Yoga, Soul Searching and Male-Female Friendships” .

So, as I continue on this journey I am making a conscience effort to “Embrace” rather than “Brace Against”

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Learning New Tricks

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“Change is the end result of all true learning.”
― Leo Buscaglia

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I am not sure who came up with this line: “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”.  I believe the opposite is true. Yes, learning is not so easy as an older person, but it is possible over a elongated period of time.

Lately I have been hearing and reading about “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve mental health. CBT focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. Wikipedia



I feel, because I have been exploring this trying to re-train my mind how to think, discern, react, is a doable thing.

For several posts now I have been doing a deep introspection to find new ways of dealing with the severity of being bi-polar and depression.  I can feel the affects working slowly within me.

I am not sure exactly where this journey will take me, but for now I am taking this chance!