Peach Cobbler Saved My Life

peach cobbler saved my lifeIt seems crazy to say but peach cobbler saved my life a few years ago when I was going through a period filled with so much anxiety that I could not concentrate, sleep, or relax but how peach cobbler saved my life might seem even more crazy…

Peach Cobbler Saved My Life

To be honest it was a very weird period where there truly was nothing wrong in life, and actually, things were clicking along rather nicely. Yet I could not go a day without racing thoughts distracting me and going to sleep was impossible no matter how tired I was or how hard I tried.

My best guess is and if I had to say, this went on for quite a few weeks and those few weeks were not fun at all.

Finally, one night I was lying in bed, not sleeping, and trying every mind-trick that I could think of in the book to put all of the bad thoughts out of my head. Then out of the blue… out of the many random thoughts flying around “in there” I locked onto one thing… you guessed it… peach cobbler.

No, I did not get out of bed and get some out of the fridge, actually, that is something that I never even kept in the house… I had the thought “peach cobbler” and then noticed a funny reaction… I relaxed.

So what did I do? I just kept saying “peach cobbler” repeatedly in my head. The first thing that I noticed was no more racing thoughts… no more negative thoughts… no more of that stuff which was all out of my control bothering me anymore. No more fear, and no more anxiety…

The next great thing was that I went to sleep and probably had my best night of sleep in weeks.

The following night when I was trying to go to sleep and all of the thoughts in my head began swimming out of control, I did it again… slowly and deliberately thinking and saying in my head, “peach cobbler…” and before I knew it, I was asleep.

For me that worked… but that phrase, that image or that thought might not work for you and to be honest I don’t know why it works for me. It might be because it is something random enough for my brain to lock onto and block everything else out.

We all have the ability to control not only our thoughts as we think them but also the thoughts that we generate.

When things start going sideways in life we get busy creating all kinds of negative thoughts and sometimes to the point where those thoughts just take over. However, the truth remains, we always have the choice when it comes to what we want to focus on, what we want to think, and what we want to believe.

As I said at the beginning, this will sound crazy and to be honest I am embarrassed and feel sheepish even telling you about it. Yet it is something that I found that worked and STILL works for me when I need to quiet my mind when EVERYTHING else fails.

Peach cobbler saved my life and it might do the same for you. And if it is not that specific phrase or “thing” maybe you can come up with one of your own and if you do, please tell me!

I might need a backup plan someday.  🙂

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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