Poetry as a Tool for Processing Life


No amount of mindset training will fully prepare you for some of the trials and tribulations life can throw at you. The use of meditation, mindfulness, and various mental programming techniques has set me in good stead for withstanding a variety of mental and physical challenges. It has also helped me to bounce back from setbacks.

This article considers the role poetry can play in helping us to strengthen our mindset by processing events in a positive and creative way.

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How to Love Your Enemies and Why You Should

I’m passionate about developing and maintaining a mindset that works for me rather than against me. For most of us, the mindset we start with is not one that we consciously adopted. Our mindset evolves as a product of experience, self-talk, the opinions of others, life lessons and the development of beliefs and attitudes that are not always home-grown.

It is on us to reflect on all aspects of our mindset and check whether it is fit for purpose or encompasses our true values. Optimal mindset programming is the phrase I coined to describe the process of identifying the thought patterns, attitudes and beliefs that will best serve us, and using tools to lean into them.

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