When I spoke to Cece Sykes last week I was inspired by her term “multiplicity of mind.” It’s normal, she said, to be of many minds at the same time.
Being “of many minds” is another way of talking about parts in Internal Family Systems (IFS). We each have parts with different – and not always harmonious! – desires for us and our lives.
That could turn into a real party of parts. Or, you could use your Self qualities of Calm, Self Compassion and Curiosity to help your many minds relax, express their needs, and then work together to get the job done. Have a listen and see which tools make the most sense for you to use.
In my podcast, I mention a few resources:
- My book Inner Harmony: Putting Your Self Back in Charge – I read an excerpt on the podcast, and if you want to learn more about using the IFS approach to personal development you may find the book of interest.
- Kristin Neff PhD’s book on Self Compassion – click the link to learn more about why Self Compassion is essential.
- My first-aid kit for anxiety and depression – it will help you soothe extreme parts/emotions.
- Mary Oliver’s poem “The Journey” – I read an excerpt in my podcast, but the full text is here.
- Rumi’s poem “The Guest House” (translated by Coleman Barks) – I read this on the podcast and the full text is here.