You know that feeling you get when you are anxious? It’s awful. Something is just not right…you can feel it in your body, your mind, your soul or all three at once. Something hits your energy field and it doesn’t align. You might feel overwhelm or a sense of doom that the responsibility is too much. Maybe you just get nervous, or maybe your heart races and your breathing gets shallow and quick, making it hard to talk. The struggle is real and can be scary, so we often focus on finding comfort from it. Who wouldn’t!! We sleep, procrastinate to not feel our responsibilities, drink, eat, avoid relationships that might trigger our wounds and spend time in our heads trying to solve all of this. I get it. I’ve been there. When we’re experiencing anxiety, it’s usually an experience we’d prefer to avoid and certainly doesn’t feel like a path to the truth. And yet, if you hang out with me for long, you’ll discover that I truly and emphatically believe that everything happens because it has something to teach us. There are lessons in our greatest joys, traumas, and everything in between. I believe it all is designed to help us evolve ourselves, our families, communities and the world. Tears and laughter are a package deal with much to learn from both. This is not to minimize or erase the real pain and struggles you might have in your life. Especially if you’ve experienced significant trauma, severe anxiety, or are grieving fresh losses in your life, you may need to seek the care and support of a licensed therapist or mental health professional to address the impact of that before you are ready to focus on the lessons. It’s all ok. I respect wherever you are on your path and in your process. That being said, for those of us grappling with mild or occasional anxiety, what could it possibly have to teach us? Anxiety can often be your body’s way of getting you to pay attention to what matters to you. It has the power to break down mental and emotional blocks to your happiness and set you free to live the life you want and deserve. Unfortunately, we are usually too busy surviving anxiety and miss the information it’s pointing us to. Damn. This hidden information is creating our lives. It dictates how you feel about yourself, influences every conversation you have and every decision you make. AND most people are unaware of it all. Pause and breath that in please: We are unaware of the most important information about who we are and what is creating our life? Yes. In my belief, anxiety helps us identify critical pieces of information, including:
What we fear
What we believe about ourselves and others
What we value and where we aren’t living our values
With this information we have the opportunity to make changes for greater alignment.
In my next post, I’ll be sharing my approach for working with this and how you can get started. Stay tuned!
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