These bean jars have been so helpful in understanding thoughts and emotions. I challenge you to use them yourself. Make a jar full of beans representing all colors of beans. And remember, there aren’t simply three kinds of thoughts (positive, negative, and neutral)… I have just simplified them into those three for Mindfulness 101.
To be truthful, thoughts and emotions are fluid, it is not so black and white. There are all different sizes and colors in between. So in your jar, fill it will all sorts of colors. Practice finding the neutral thoughts. You’ll find you will be more in control of your emotions and not as controlled by your passing thoughts.
Michelle Taylor, LPCC
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor