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I sometimes find it useful to use a bit of humor when I’m trying to learn or to change. Becoming aware of my own negative thinking is a bit tough as it is, so a tiny bit of humor about it can help...and, hence these pages…Muddy Dog Thinking.
I made the pages for my own use, but the 10 and 11 year old boys in my class loved those puppies and really got the ideas ..and it was a great way to help both them and myself become more aware of our “muddy dog thinking”.
Brad Warner, the author of that Tricycle article, Thinking Not Thinking , used the idea of “pigs” rolling in the mud…but I found that the idea of pigs less appealing, so I changed it to “puppies/dogs” rolling in the mud.
I also used “muddy dogs”, because I have direct experience with the huge amount of working and effort it takes to clean a dog up after it rolls in the mud…and the damage a muddy dog can do to everything around it…a bit similar to how negative thinking can be damaging both to myself and others.
So, the photos are funny, but I know that kind of thinking can have many unpleasant consequences.
And one more page: Thinking about learning to teach myself to shift out of “Muddy Dog Thinking”: a bit like putting the mind on a leash, or sending it to “Puppy Training School” (I did make this one special for one of my students: he loved it!)
Little “Pocket Reminder Cards” that I made….both for myself and the boys, too…. : ) (Click image to enlarge) Or click for Muddy Dog: Little Reminder Cards pdf link: may be slow to open)