Reckoning With Rumination: Cash

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  1. JoelG says:

    Thank you Cash. Excellent suggestions for pushing back against our negative selves. I have found that reading the Psalms (I have Psalter on my phone) helps. Another idea is to occupy our minds with others. We just adopted a new dog and I haven’t had time to think about much else but her this last week.

    You’re exactly right about not being conscious of negative thought patterns. Sometimes it takes someone calling us out for us to realize how negative we can get.

  2. JM says:


    Coming from cult influence in my background–this was a real problem until God got me away from there and helped me to identify this thought/behavior pattern. I am passing this along to others who will benefit.


  3. Em says:

    We had a neighbor who had a stroke when a young woman that had left her with a slight limp. She’d take long fast walks in spite of her limp. She told me that she’d given up smoking and took these walks when she craved a smoke.
    Does intense exercise help break negative thought patterns such as you’ve described here? Not always possible, i know…..

  4. Michael says:

    When Cash told me that he had some articles ready, I didn’t know they were all about me… 🙂

    Any thanks go to him for writing and being brave enough to let me publish them.

  5. Em says:

    Michael @ 9:43
    I second that thanks… Cash has a generous heart

  6. Jean says:

    I deal with this. I combat it with prayer, beginning with the Lord’s Prayer, and expanding on one or two of the petitions as the Spirit leads me. It works for me every time.

  7. Duane Arnold says:


    Nicely done, and good advice. Through the years I’ve noticed that this especially afflicts those who are “high functioning” (think of CS Lewis after his wife’s death). In addition to being “stuck” on the negative, the bright person can extrapolate and express, in excruciating detail, just how bad it all is… as you say “thinking too much”.

  8. Cash says:

    Thanks everyone for your kind and generous comments. I am happy that God can use my experiences to others’ good. It gives it meaning. I am glad that some of you shared some ways you work to overcome this issue also. It’s good for us to bring these struggles into the light.

  9. Keith says:

    outstanding insights! Thank you for sharing!

  10. JoelG says:

    One more suggestion, if I may. Find a good therapist. Someone that really gets YOU. It may take a few tries to find the right one. My therapist has been a gift from above and is helping me immensely.

  11. Co-ruminating, while initially validating, isn’t a path to healing. It’s why some support groups, real or virtual, aren’t ultimately helpful.

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