“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

I can't believe I am saying this, but today I just realised one of my values is beauty

I feel really stupid. I have been thinking my values ever since I started ACT as a client. I have been trying to work out for years about why I care about playing music. I have said to people in the last few years that I play because I care about about learning how to apply ACT to music performance, about developing connection to others, about playing with accuracy and strength. And to be frank, because I care about making money by playing music. 

But not once in this time had I considered that I thought about beauty as a value of performing music in ACT terms. 

The downside of caring about beauty is the harsh self talk I use against myself because I don't think I personally look beautiful.

Another downside of beauty is that when I don't think I am playing music with beauty I become anxious.

Another 'a-ha' moment brought to you today by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Deborah HartComment