In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) there is a common saying, originally opined by famous analyst, Carl Jung : “what you resist persists.” In other words, even our life long strategies of thinking ‘harder,’ or further rationalizing, and/or attempting to ignore our feelings, can become ineffective in pushing pain
And what you resist , persist. When you push against something that you do not like, that very action isn’t what’s going to make it go away. In fact, Law of Attractions says that doing this will only amplify more of what you don’t want.
What You Resist , Persists . What You Accept , Transforms You . You’ve probably heard it before– the notion that life isn’t about what happens to you , but rather about how you respond to it. It’s been my favourite motto for over a decade now, and it’s given me a sense of agency over the circumstances of my life.
“ What you resist not only persists , but will grow in size ”. ~ Carl Jung. #hawaiirehab www.hawaiiislandrecovery.com.
English Language Learners Definition of resist : to fight against (something) : to try to stop or prevent (something) : to remain strong against the force or effect of (something) : to not be affected or harmed by (something) : to prevent yourself from doing something that you want to do.
5 Ways to Stop Resisting + Learn to Flow With Life 5 WAYS TO STOP RESISTING + LEARN TO FLOW WITH LIFE. YOU CAN’T CONTROL EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO YOU. CREATE EMOTIONAL DISTANCE. BREATHE. OPEN YOUR ARMS TO CHANGE + IMPERFECTIONS. FOCUS ON THINGS YOU CAN CONTROL.
We resist change because we know it is going to bring about something different, something unexpected. We do not know what a particular change is going to bring about, and because we fear not knowing this, we will resist change for as long as we possibly can.
Resistance is fueled by fear of what isn’t comfortable or predictable, and this is why you hold yourself back from achieving things that you have potential for and from living the life that you’re capable of creating.
The reason you attract whatever you resist is because you are powerfully focused on it with strong feelings and emotion, and what you focus on with any emotion, you bring to you . By focusing with strong feelings on what you don’t want, you can’t help but attract it.
1 to stand firm (against); not yield (to); fight (against) 2 tr to withstand the deleterious action of; be proof against. to resist corrosion.