In psychology cognitive reframing is a process in which you identify thoughts, situations, events or emotions and challenge the way you view them- in order to create space to change how you view them.
A lot of the time we talk about this in terms of things that are not serving us and our wellness. Things that some people might judge as "negative". However cognitive reframing can be used for anything.
In a previous episode I talked about redefining our ideas of hope. We seem to create these almost cinematic images of what hope looks like. Then we attach ourselves to those concepts and we find ourselves "out of hope" or "chasing hope". A journey some of us hope gets us some frequent flier miles.
As I say in this episode of The Shek Check podcast, it's not the hope we need to change but rather the redefining we need to do.
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Reframe: The Question
In the episode "Reframe: Peace, Forgiveness & Healing", I talk about how we can reframe the concepts of peace, forgiveness, and healing".
Peace, forgiveness and healing are beautiful things but we have also created very dramatic and idealized images of them. In the episode, I talk about what those images are for me.
Before we reframe anything, we need to look at what is in that frame right now.
What does peace mean to you?
What does Forgiveness mean to you?
What Does Healing Mean To You?
Perhaps you have found peace, it just doesn't look or sound like you thought it would.
Perhaps you have healed from certain hurts and wounds, it just doesn't look or feel like you thought it would.
Perhaps you have forgiven someone, it just doesn't look like you thought it would.