This month I’m going to focus a little bit on the experience of being dis-empowered or empowered in your life and in your situation. Because that is the paradigm that we all find ourselves in at the moment.
I used to carry around this unopened bottle of Rescue Remedy, the flower essence for stress. Every time I moved, from one side of the country to the other, I would unpack it from a box and put it on a shelf in the medicine cabinet.
Okay, you’re scared. It’s time to talk about scared. Fine. I am one to talk. I spent the better part of an hour today freaking out inside and feeling super scared about something that is going on right now in my life. A big something with a capital B-big. After an hour of feeling scared, I thought that was enough. So I decided to do something about it.
Whoo Hoo! What a wild ride! Did you get hit with the crazy anxiety the last few days? I sure did as did my son and lots of other people. Two days ago I was literally shaking and I couldn’t stop. Since I couldn’t relax, I just went with it and shook away...
Our world is in the midst of an emotional meltdown. As a psychiatrist, I've seen that many people are addicted to the adrenaline rush of anxiety, known as the "fight or flight" response, and they don't know how to defuse it. An example of this is obsessively watching the news about natural disasters, trauma, economic stress and violence, and then not being able to turn bad news off. Also, people are prone to "techno-despair"
My dear friends, we love you so very much. Last week we spoke to you about worry. This week we wish to address the topic of anxiety because so very many of you are experiencing anxiety at this time. Worry and anxiety are close cousins. When you worry, typically you are projecting a specific fear out into the future. When you are anxious, the fears are often unidentified and muddled in your mind.
Each and everyday you are given pebbles of worry. Whether real or illusionary they land in your body as solid granules of confusion and pain. They sit heavy and you feel less buoyant and denser. Everyday you go forth and you collect more of these pebbles of worry and confusion allowing them to collect in the body anchoring you like a rusty anchor on a sunken pirate’s sh
When you feel anxiety-ridden, you have chosen to reprimand yourself
for something. You reprimand yourself for an action or inaction. You
always find reasons for the growth of your anxiety, yet anxiety is of
your own making.
You say you want to be free of anxiety. Why then aren't you free of it?
Where did that anxiety you feel in your stomach come from? You were going along just fine, and then suddenly you began to feel
fraught with anxiety about what you said or what you wrote or what you
did, about how you could have done it differently, better, how you
could have spoken up or not spoken at all, how you may have
over-asserted yourself or not asserted yourself enough.