From Poetry to Wise Mind
This collection of poems explores mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy skills practice from a client perspective. Primary concepts include emotional awareness, radical acceptance and self-validation. More
This is a collection of mindful poems that speak to my journey toward recovery from borderline personality disorder (BPD) using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills. An avid creative writer who created my first book of short stories and poems in the second grade titled "In the Clouds," This work builds upon the knowledge I acquired attending a mindfulness training in 2013 with Dr. Linehan who read from "Song of the Bird" by Anthony de Mello. The reading inspired a completely new dimension to my DBT skills practice. When I write, sing, play guitar; I am fully present, participating completely, in wise mind, I connect to and honor the emotions that overwhelm me in other contexts. The invalidating environment that is typically intolerant of my displays of emotion, listens, and regards my communication as an admirable form of expression. Art is my path to self-acceptance and self-validation, it is the key that unlocks the door to my inner wisdom.
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