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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 mail@dorothyratusny.com Namaste!
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28 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