Freedom from Your Anxious Mind
Part of the key to mental health that many people have been saying for quite some time is this move into wholeness and acceptance. Think about it, if we were able to drop our anxieties over our imperfections and just accept them, what would be left?
Some people answer this by saying, "I spend all my time being anxious, so I'd probably worry about what to do?" Ofcourse this thought would arise from someone's mind that is habitually conditioned to view life through this anxious lens. But if we were able to drop the lens entirely, have you ever thought about what is behind it?
Imagine seeing it this way. That lens is one of two things. It is either a biological wiring handed down by your family or a part of yourself that many years ago had to be vigilant in some way to avoid some sort of upcoming stress or pain.
If it is there because it helped us out while we were kids, then we can acknowledge that its intentions are good, but that this strategy is not working anymore and is causing more pain. This strategy implies a greater sense of kindness and compassion for ourselves rather than "hating" this anxious lens which only pours that energy into us and fuels more anxiety.
With the advent of neuroscientists telling us that the brain has been found to have plasticity, or we have the ability to rewire our brain, we can begin to notice this lens for what it is and choose to redirect our attention to seeing other perspectives.
Simple, but not easy! It may just be a life practice, but a worthwhile one.
Begin to try it out today.
As always, please share your thoughts, stories, and questions below. Your interactions provide a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.
Response - Chris - Oct 28th 2009
I agree strongly with the fact that more people need to "get a life" and put down the Blackberry/shut off the soap operas, etc, but I know from personal experience that exercise is not necessarily a cure-all. I am an experienced runner who also struggles with anxiety and depression, and although running does provide some mood elevation, the anxiety (ironically) sometimes fuels my motivation. But it never makes it go away. I start thinking about everything that distresses me, become anxious, and then turn to my daily running routine to cope. I suppose it all depends on the person's level of anxiety and the causes for it.
Exercise - Cathy - Oct 22nd 2009
A lot of anxiety would disappear if people got out and got some exercise and let go of some of the electronic devices. They have no life and identify so much with TV characters and such and begin to think that those people are "real" and those situations are "real" and they cannot possibly duplicate such in their own lives. If you have a real life, anxiety would disappear - it fills in for the emptiness.