18 Apr Being Well Podcast: Rumination: How to Disrupt Obsessive Thoughts
On this episode of Being Well, Forrest and I spell out what rumination is, where it comes from, and how it functions in the brain. We then explore what practices and strategies we can use to identify rumination when it comes up, and how to disrupt obsessive thoughts and move through them compassionately and effectively.
It’s normal and healthy for us to try to process our experiences emotionally, but sometimes during that process we find ourselves getting stuck on the same painful memory, anxiety, or disturbing thought. This frustrating experience, known as rumination, is a common psychological challenge that is both discouraging and unhelpful.
2:25: How do we define rumination?
7:45: What do we get out of rumination?
13:30: Distinguishing rumination from grieving
16:30: Where rumination comes from in people
18:40: The default mode network
22:30: Ways to disengage the default mode network
25:50: Strange attractors, Krishna, and the Gopis
30:35: Thought acceptance and noting
33:15: Recurring themes of your rumination
38:45: Self-constructing invites rumination, self-acceptance undermines it
47:05: A quick walkthrough for dealing with a negative thought
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