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Befriending Anxiety

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Pasha Lyndi
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Feeling anxious? A practice to help us soothe our struggle with worry and anxiety.
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29 reflections
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Jenn
Stress
I learned not to resist what I feel. Step back, see it for what it is and accept/sit with it.
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Cris
Let go...
It is ok to feel anxiety. Inhale exhale let go. Everything is going to be ok.
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Caitlin
Constant companion
Anxiety is always with me every day, be it being anxious at work or being anxious over things like locking the door. I’ve slowly gotten better with anxiety, knowing that it’s okay to feel anxious instead of being mad at myself. Sometimes I wish it wasn’t so bad as it is but it’s just how I am I guess. Being able to accept anxiety though helps with not letting it control your life.
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Tammy
Befriending Anxiety
Such a great lesson. So many times we fight against our feelings. Stressing ourselves even more. I need to acknowledge my feelings. Accept them. Then let it go and move on.
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Walter J
Calming...
Great session on: Accepting - all things as they are and Letting Go - of their control of you. Great reminder that we all have difficult times so we should learn how to deal with them. This practice is a great tool to help us do just that... Accept & Let Go. Also a great reminder we should be the observer of the events around us. Not a judge, nor a victim, but the observer. Very freeing and calming thought and way of life. Namaste, ❤️☮️🍀
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Darren
Relief
I control my anxiety Just let go of the stress, if you can't let it go it will dictate your life. At that point you are not in control of your stress, your stress is in control of you.
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Kristen
Feeling tension leave my body
This was the practice I needed this morning. I could feel the tense go out of my fingers. When my dog came over and insisted on being petted as I was getting started, I did it and didn’t shoo her away. The calm and affection from her was part of what I needed now.
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Torrin
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The breathing exercises were better for this one. Idk if it did anything I'm still feeling awful but at least it was better this time. I guess. Idek. I just want to be able to do my job without crying, face all the bs going on without losing my goddamn mind.
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Marcela
Reading your comments make me better
I feel so anxious, I just woke up from a horrible dream that felt so real! It was horrible. And I usually tend to look up dream meanings and it got me even more anxious. I need to stop doing that and start meditating more. This helped. Especially reading through comments.
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Vicki-lee
Relaxed
I actually feel quite less anxious. It’s always so amazing how focusing on something as simple as breathing helps to calm you down
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Emilie
Anxiety
I felt very relaxed and I let go of all the bad thoughts I have had about myself and really helped me a lot
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Amanda
Just being
I’ve been working a lot on accepting what is and allowing feelings to come and go. I’ve been in a constant battle with my anxiety so learning to accept it for what it is has been helpful for me.
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Kayla
I felt very relieved after this meditation.
It is ok to have anxiety, everyone goes though it. Accepting that made me feel a lot better throughout the meditation.
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Joyce
No Denyin’
A good reminder that we can’t just ignore our feelings but instead have to face them, embrace them, then let them go. Namaste
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Alicia
Acceptance
I learned that I can accept that I feel anxious in order to allow its expression and then allow myself to let it go.
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Lillian
Accepting what is
Leaning in to anxious thoughts and feelings helps them dissipate amd melt away.
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Mekia
Distracted Companion
Being anxious has been a part o my world for long and we’ve been playing cat and mouse the whole time. Taking the approach to be with it a companion instead of enemy is a new approach. To sit with it and allow it to speak without judgement, it does calm - its part of my psyche that wants to be acknowledged.
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Laura
.Where did this meditto redifficult is the next time I mention instead to except that I’m feeling stressed and let it go. I am grateful for the people and or for pr for puttD
Through this meditation I learned to except difficulties and let them go. I will do this the next time I’m stressed without fighting anxious or difficult feelings I am grateful for the people in Aura for helping learn how to let go of difficulties and grateful for the members of the art community for taking the time to read this post. I hope everyone is OK and happy and well.
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alexandra
Let Go
It is important to let go of the things I cannot control and put more focus in to the things I can. It is also extremely important to let go of the anxiety I hold for the people around me. I can not control them, only me. Let it go.
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Brent
Release
This practice is short but good. It helped me understand that the fight with anxiety makes it worse. Being angry with anxiety makes it worse. We must let go. We must calm. We must learn to live with life’s fluctuations rather than fighting internally and getting angrier.
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Lisa
Soothing
I felt at ease with my anxiety. I was able to slow my breathing down and breathe better. My heart rate slowed. Very calming
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Lisa
Soothing
I felt at ease with my anxiety. I was able to slow my breathing down and breathe better. My heart rate slowed. Very calming
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BumbleBrie
I don’t really feel
The real feelings of anguishes (how is that spelled? Oh, don’t give it any of your time, BumbleBrie!), but I did that for my 2 roommates, Paul (& he’s a fantastic caregiver to my other roommate, & a WONDERFUL Cook) & Dave, who is just trying to make it last until his father is Dead. Please give yourself some minutes to do this! ☕️🐝☕️
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Michele
Migraine
I am in turmoil with many things inside of my soul. I have learned that when I try to deal with this turmoil I usually get a migraine. I did not sleep very well and I feel like I have been in a recent car accident. I do feel anxious this morning and it seems to increase as I think of all of the incomplete tasks that I want to finish on top of the daily stresses of life. I am going to stop and try to befriend and accept anxiety today when it happens
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Lucianna
Surrounding Life
I felt that life is happening around me. However, I chose responses that compliment my fragile spirit instead of harming me.
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Sap
With everyone
I appreciated thinking about how I’m connected to others, and I too can accept and let go with and for them
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Liesl
Befriending Anxiety
This may sound strange but I’ve found one of the best ways to befriend anxiety is to personify it. Example: my anxiety takes the form of a sloth hanging on my back because it slows me down and drags me back from the goals I want to achieve. He (Melvin is his name) feels like such a heavy weight on my back sometimes with his little sloth paws wrapped tightly around my neck. But at the end of the day, would I drop kick a sloth? No. I would not drop kick a sloth. Melvin is just afraid of the world out there, and it’s much more effective to comfort him and tell him that we’ll get through it together than to shove him back. Your anxiety might be a Disney-cartoon-style bunny rabbit with huge eyes that always look on the verge of tears that just needs some extra love. It may be a pesky fly that annoys you and needs to be smushed sometimes, but other times is just there hanging out, hurting nobody. Regardless, viewing worry as an actual living animal helps with acceptance.
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Susan
Getting rid of anxiety
I learned that I can get rid if anxiety, but I also realize that it takes time and being in the zen.
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Truly
Befriending Anxiety
I value the practice of Meditation. I found this session to be very comfortable and relaxing with the focus on Breathing in Positive, Breathing out Negative. While I do believe in meditating on Positivity, not only for myself but for others as well, I agree that Sometimes focusing too much on Others Outside of Our Control can increase anxiety and be Triggering. I appreciated that both options are offered in this session.