Leaves on a Stream Guided Meditation Script
This guided meditation script is a popular Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) exercise. Please feel free to share it and pass it on to others who you think may benefit!
Imagine you are sitting or standing in the middle of a stream.
The water is flowing away in front of you.
Notice if there is any sound from the running water.
Notice if there are any trees, etc. on the banks of the stream.
Now see leaves floating down the stream away from you.
They can be any shape, colour, or size.
As the negative thoughts come into your mind,
be aware of what the thought is,
and then place it on a leaf.
Now watch it float away down the stream.
Do this with each thought as you notice it and for as long you like until you feel better.
As you acknowledge each of your thoughts,
you do not need to hang onto them.
There is no need to become attached to the thought.
Just acknowledge it and then place it on a leaf.
By watching it float away, it loses its hold on you and its intensity.
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