Finding The Middle Path

Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. includes dialectical thinking as part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. One component of dialectical thinking is to find the middle path. When you think or feel in extremes, that usually leads to misery.

In The Mindful Child, Susan Greenland tells a fable about an old man who lived with his son on a farm near a tiny village. One day the farmer’s horse ran away. The neighbors told him how sorry they were to hear about his misfortune. The farmer said, “We’ll see.”

The middle path is all about finding balance between extremes. The farmer say’s “we’ll see” in many occasions and to which it demonstrates the power this has. It allows you to flex your emotional mind so you can have a wider tolerance to and range of the emotional spectrum. It helps keep you calm in situations you might otherwise overreact. Enjoy.


Couldn’t have said it better myself!

A great way to keep from overreacting in many extreme situations is to meditate every day. Keeps you calm and cool as a cucumber. Most of the time anyway.

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