I was working with a patient of mine who we can call Mary because it isn't her name.We were looking at what was making it hard to move forward in building a "bigger life" including working, compassion and giving to others rather than a "smaller life" of weight control and counting calories.
We ended up with this picture (it goes without saying that I once got kicked out of a high school art class for being an abomination to the art world - harsh but fair btw).
This one is about getting stuck on thoughts rather than stuck with thoughts.
The good news is that from this helicopter stance we can have a choice in where we go, rather than just following thoughts we are "stuck on".
I have found that helping people develop a helicopter stance to their thoughts be a really helpful step in moving towards creating a more meaningful life irrespective of what their head is telling them.
We can talk about the "how" to do this later.