What if there was a simple, powerful way to ride out “Thought Storms”, as well as the weather of our emotions, feelings, moods and attitudes, so we can be present with our children, no matter what they’re experiencing? One brilliant example came up for me while talking to my sister last week (thank you dearest sister 🙂 ).
In the movie “Tangled”, Rapunzel escapes from the tower, and she goes through a turbulent ‘thought storm’. She switches from one thought to another about her decision to leave the tower. One minute she is celebrating her freedom; laughing, running and jumping. Yet within a split second she is crying and condemning her own actions, feeling guilty about leaving her tower and disappointing her Mother.
If we think about it, the circumstances are exactly the same throughout this Thought Storm that was going on in her head. The question is, what has changed?
What changed was her ‘thinking about the circumstances’, as the circumstances did not change in the slightest bit throughout all her ups and downs.
In the same way like Rapunzel, we as human beings experience ‘thought storms’
too, but when tangle ourselves up and innocently believe they are coming from our circumstances, our turbulence propels further.
As parents we often get sucked into the thought storms our children experience; it’s tiring and emotionally draining to keep up with all the ups and downs. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can actually be there for your children without having to go through all the emotional turmoil yourself with them.
To free yourself from the tower of turbulence, let your hair flow down and escape. And you can already see the gift that will make you truly untangled, inviting you to a jollier life: