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Your Anxiety Is Not You

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Dorothy Ratusny
Psychotherapist & Meditation Teacher
This client story echoes the work of alleviating anxiety for so many who struggle with the world's biggest mental health problem, and the special friend who helped her life (far more) of the time, in the present moment. Do you have a question for me? Please send it to dorothy@dorothyratusny.com Namaste!
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67 reflections
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Kristy
Aura is a healer
I’m learning to have healthy thinking and feeling 🌞🌞☀️Aura helps me get it under control.
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Jennifer
Live in the present moment
Pets can help center you and to work on living in the present moment
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Amanda
Will beat anxiety
I learned that anxiety is the fear of something that hasn’t even happened yet. The chances are it might not ever happen. I will learn to return to the present moment when I feel anxious. The what ifs are just that. Not definite. I will learn to not focus on the what ifs and bring myself back to the present moment.
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Rebecca
Anxious thoughts
My mind goes to places of low self esteem and the past hurts I have suffered. I like the simple yet hard practice of reframing my thoughts and deciding what is true.
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Jeff
Day 1
I noticed that when she first started talking about anxiety and how prevalent it is that I started to feel anxious about that. But by the end I almost had a sense of relief or emotional release, I could feel tears welling up. I know it will feel good to do this work.
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Bob
Please, enough Gabby for the love of God
I can't take hearing about Gabby one more time. I don't like this at all
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Amalia
Okay
The story was okay, reasonably helpful in terms of content. There’s something about the instructor’s phrasing or pacing that just didn’t work for me…others may feel differently.
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Kayla
1st session
I want to learn to live in the present and stop thinking about the future or the past. I want to focus on what is now.
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Andy
Anxiety
I learned that I can deal with self-doubt and analyse thoughts individually without being overwhelmed
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Maddie
Being Present
I really liked the thought of trying to be present when anxious thoughts creep up.
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Amanda
I like the idea of writing down and rewriting negative thoughts. I also realized how much I miss my cat Iga.
I enjoy these pre made sessions and plan to keep up both the mindfulness and anxiety programs.
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Jo
I am there,
but not yet, Dorothy. My life started with a broken finger but may end with a 💔. If I cannot get help, I cannot Write. No man is an Island, but this little imposter is a Writer who can no longer find her funny stories 😥, and may never write the best ones down.
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Tabitha
Day 1
I learned that I am not the only one suffering. It’s true when I start to think of the future and where I will be in regards to my life I fill with anxiety. I need to learn to listen for a moment, sit with it then realize that I have no idea what the future holds. It’s time to start living for the present and reestablishing my surroundings can help.
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Bria
CBT
Is this 100% true? This question used in order to reframe and reassess and challenge my thinking is so helpful, and will help me return to the present and actual truth of the matter.
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Ren
Day 1
Learned there are far more people than expected with anxiety also, that PTSD is something that can be managed through CBH therapy. I remain hopeful, at least for today that AURA can help along with my regular therapy.
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Kristen
Day 1
I know she mentions pets and children can help us live in the present moment and I find this to be accurate most of the time. Generally if I am able to shift my focus to them in the moment I do feel a sense of relief. However when I become anxious because I am feeling overwhelmed with life and it’s demands I find this to be quite the opposite.
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Emily
🔑 takeaways
• Shift your focus to the present, challenge untrue thoughts, and reframe them to what is true--practice loving unconditionally too to help with this and anxiety longterm
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Sadie
Anxiety & Breathwork
Anxiety course w/ breathwork. Xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Cxxxxxxxxxxx
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Rachel
September 17,2021
I need to acknowledge that what I am feeling is not true I need to focus on the present moment
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CoCo
Day 1
🗣Be present for yourself ❤️ shift to the present when I am anxious! Practice practice and love unconditionally
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Kim
That this is something that will help me realize my thoughts are not as bad as I think they are.
I believe this will help me to get my anxious mind in check. My councilor just recommended for me to do this.
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Scott
Day 1
Realizing the thought, challenging whether it is "100%true" then replacing it. And enjoying relationships.
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JR
Harnessing Truth
My anxiety is often caused and nurtured by the story I tell myself, most of which is based on future possibilities that are negative and (in most cases) unlikely. Asking myself about each anxious thoughts, “Is this 100% true?” is a great way to challenge my anxious thinking patterns and empower myself to control my thoughts.
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Jennifer
Depression
I’ve realized I’ve been feeling very down lately. No energy to do anything other than the basics.
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Anthony
Your anxiety/depression/addiction… is not you
I’ve been using a range of resources - including Aura - to try and live more in the present. To grasp more fully that my thoughts and emotions are not me. I am the presence/being that is aware of those thoughts and emotions. And by being fully that presence, I feel that I’m touching the ‘divine’. Powerful stuff.
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Sarah
Writing the thoughts/worries down
I need to write down the things that aren’t true and recognize that it’s not true and let it go and replace it with a thought that is true. God loves me soooo much and always blesses me with my hearts desires. I am always protected and provided for and safe and happiness is always with me- even in temporarily scary situations!
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Megan
Thoughts
I need to practice writing my negative thoughts down and then rewriting my statement by one that’s true.
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Michelle
Negative Thoughts
I like the idea of writing down negative thoughts because I can challenge it in the moment
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Ellie
Negative Thoughts
Ugh! I have so many! And I have difficulty hearing them distinctly, so when I write them down, they are much more clear. And scary. How did they end up in my head? I always thought I was such a resourceful and forward looking person. I am surprised by how negative I really seem.
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Bonnie
I loved this
I learned that i can relax . Even if it’s new to me , i have to just go with it and breathe
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Tracey
Anxiety
It all makes sense x I catastrophise everything in my mind I need to learn to appreciate that the thoughts are not true🙏
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Emilee
Anxiety
I learned that anxiety is quite common. So many times when I’m inside my own head and struggling with my own, I forget that so many others experience the same thing daily. I learned that in my moments of anxiety I need to practice coming back to and living in the present and that I need to do so consistently.
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Charlie
Thoughts
I’ve noticed a lot about thoughts cause anxiety, learn to change your thoughts. But what if the anxiety is just there? Without any negative thoughts, just the feeling. Is this why CBT hasn’t worked for me? I can’t change thoughts that don’t exist and even repeating positive thoughts, and truly believing in myself the anxiety still persists.
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Denise
Anxiety 11/28/21
I found it anxiety to be very high last not and it impacted my ability to sleep for a majority of the night. Thoughts kept racing through my head and I kept hearing the same song over and over and couldn’t let it go. I am exhausted today. I
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Alice
Anxiety is not me but a part that comes in from false fear.
Anxiety is from false fear. Especially if we are feeling something bad about ourselves. We take truth and practice saying that to our minds, it will stick in knowing what is real and what isn’t.
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Alicea
Anxiety
I have actually been dealing with my anxiety so much better with staying present. I’ve read so many books an have listed to so many podcasts and guides. They all initially say the same thing…control your thoughts and stay in the “now”.
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3220 East County Rd. 50
My Anxiety
I put pressure on myself. Then I procrastinate about doing it. As the time grows nearer to the event, my anxiety kicks in. It takes a while before I remember my tool box or what’s on it.
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Jenni
Improve
I am improving in noticing my triggers which helps me to be able to calm and to observe
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Elie
Refreshed
A lot of things sound so Logic but still so hard to do.. but by hearing all this, brightens up my life a little!
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Marshelle
The same
Gabby’s story didn’t relate to the severe anxiety I’m feeling everyday.
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Cindi
Truth
Subjecting invasive thoughts to the test of truth was new to me. I'll try to check in with what is true right now.
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Jeff
Thoughts
I learned about cbt for anxiety. Like challenging the thoughts in your head and then replacing them
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Hannah
Day 1 of calm anxiety
I learned about CBT for anxiety. I'm currently in therapy and am familiar with these tools but didn't know it was called CBT. Hearing Gabby's story, i related to her anxiety related to work and relationships and the tools that she used of writing it down and challenging it with truth inspired me to utilize it too.
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Aimee
Intro into anxiety app
I learned that it’s going to take a lot of work to get rid of all these negative thoughts. I’m willing to put in the effort to feel better and give it by best
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Karen
Dogs help!
Recently lost my precious dog to divorce, shattered me and can tell just how much emotional support she was to me everyday 🐾♥️🙏
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James
The Present is Your Friend
Shifting thoughts to the present can help reduce anxiety. There is power in the now!
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Cindy
I gained some understanding I Add to keep playing it over and over again to take note because I’m also so ADHD I don’t know if u can help me with tht
I learned that there’s so many areas in my life but I’m not applying any of these tools and resources that I could be using to help me get past this and quit letting it control my life looking forward to learning so much more this is an amazing amazing app
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Alex
Present
I appreciated the everyday representation of the need to remain in the present.
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Dave
Day 1
I learned to come back to the present when I start clinching my teeth from anxiety.
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Jai
Day 1
I have doubts about how committed I’ll be to this track, but my anxiety has been through the roof lately. I felt comforted listening to Gabby’s story and remembering that I am not alone with my anxiety and it can be corrected with time and care.
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Julie
I feel supported in this journey
I don’t feel so alone knowing that I am not the only one walking this journey
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Shane
Staying present
I learned that I need to challenge my anxious thoughts and ensure that I stay in the present and don’t let my thoughts wonder. Challenging these thoughts with truths and probability will help calm my down and hopefully provide relief from my anxiety
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Maya
Focusing on now
I learned that I need to prioritise the here and now, instead of letting my thoughts drift
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Gabriella
My name is also Gabby. I know I can be calmer
I can control my anxiety. This was amazing I felt calm just listening. The funny thing is my name is Gabby and this story is simulator to mine. I can’t wait to see how my anxiety diminishes over the next 30 days 🤗
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Melissa
I learned that when I’m feeling anxious bringing myself back to the present moment will help me alleviate my anxiety.
Write down what my thoughts are - ask myself are they 100% true. Rewrite my thoughts so they become my belief
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Elisabeth
Now
When I’m feeling bad about future thoughts, try snd be present in the now. I hope to be able to build this up to be consistent and automatic so it requires less emotional energy to be expended.
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Sunshine
Strategy
Redirect to the present. Train your mind. Write down your thoughts and examine them. Enjoy time with Ziggy, slow down.
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Inès
This is a pearl
This session is so full of inspiring thoughts and advices, a meditation I will have to listen again and take notes, to apply the wisdom and then take actions. I am so grateful for this teacher. Thank you!
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Mary
In the Present
I learned that being in the present can help keep out of fear of the future. It also keeps me out of danger zones from the past.
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Jess
Not Alone
I learned that Gabby is me. So helpful to know I am not the only one especially when anxiety makes you feel like you are
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Diana
Emotional for me
Honestly, I got very emotional( I had some tears) listening because I knew everything I was listening to was speaking to me directly. I lack self confidence and self esteem sometimes. This was amazing to listen to knowing people out there experience the same feelings.
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Brent
Time to change
I’ve started a new relationship and I have found my past experiences in relationships cause me anxiety. Need to change the way I think.
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Rosemarie
Itty Bitty
I am so grateful for my cat. I lavish so much love on her, and she loves me too.
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Adam
Post anxiety CBT notes
I noticed that I’m believing too many of the stories in my head lately. I notice that some of my old anxieties are potentially impacting a new relationship and I am so positive about my ability to turn that around and bring a positive, open, present minded attitude to my situation. I know that I will find love and acceptance in this new relationship as my authentic self, and I can trust her to see me for who I am even as I’m vulnerable and open to whatever she brings to the table in any current moment.
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Palesa
Being Present
I learnt that taking note of the present helps alleviate feelings and thoughts of anxiety.
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JaQuestria Holly
Learning Me
I’ve learned that majority of everything in my head I’m not true but my mind continues to channel it! I have to learn how to shift my mind back to the present if it does try to shift to something that isn’t true
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Judy
CBT self talk anxiety
Pets children journaling replacement thoughts that are true authentic — so many approaches to reducing anxiety, replacing, rekindling some an unstuck-ness type world. A world that allows for happiness- what a deal .