Body-Mind-Spirit - Inspiration for Writers, Dreamers, and Seekers of Health & Happiness
Now, more than ever, I find myself asking this question. For the past few years, my inner guidance has been telling me to slow down, stop fighting, let go, and trust life. As I’ve practiced doing these things, I’ve been liberated from a debilitating anxiety disorder and I’ve experienced greater peace, gratitude, and joy.
When the impact of the coronavirus first hit California and anxious feelings surfaced, I thought, Oh, no! I’m regressing! But I quickly realized that having traversed my disorder, mostly without medication, I was forced to grasp what anxiety is, how it works, and how to relate to it. You can’t unlearn what you know, so I’m grateful for the hard lessons I absorbed, which today prevent anxious feelings from spiraling into panic, and also help dissolve my anxiety more quickly when it shows up. I wrote about this in my last post.
Much of what I’m going to share here was inspired by “Calm & Clarity in a Time of Fear,” a free Pransky & Associates webinar, offered by Erika Bugbee of Erika Bugbee Global Coaching. These folks are an excellent resource for all things related to mental health and well-being. I was grateful to be on that call last Friday, March 20th with over a hundred other people!
When I consider how I want to be in this world—especially during this crisis—I realize, that (same as always) I have choices.
Here are eight ways I’d like to be in this world. I think of them as practices that develop qualities I intend to embody—now more than ever:
How I want to be in a world filled with global chaos, illness, economic turmoil, and rampant, unchecked fear is not so very different from how I wanted to be in the pre-coronavirus word. I want to find peace within the chaos. I realize that there’s a whole buffet of feelings I could feast on. Toward that end, I am mindful of what I consume. I try to open up and see what else is available to me right now. Life will be different for a while. But I’m grateful to know that when I lose my bearings, I can step back. I may go in and out of worry and calm, but it’s nice to know that my calm resides within, and I can reach toward it whenever I need it. I suspect that we will all take something valuable from this experience. Every challenge brings a choice: panic or calm. I want to be calm in this world, now more than ever.
Mr. Rogers said, “When bad things happen, look for the helpers.” When you let go of your fear, you glimpse another world—a world filled with helpers. This is what I’d like to be in this world. A helper. And this starts with helping myself.
[If you’d like to practice being in the world like this with me, while dipping into your own deep, creative waters, check out my upcoming writing circles. They are supportive, empowering, and fun. Info and registration.]
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