Introspective Guides: When Anxiety Arises - Episode 71
In this episode, Robert and Dave discuss the experience of anxiety that is prominent for so many and highlight what to do when you are experiencing it. Many people's initial reaction is to distract and run in the other direction, but suppressing anxiety will only make it grow. When anxiety arises, take some time without trying to change it. Let anxiety breathe so you can increase your acceptance and awareness. It is important to dignify the human experience. This allows us to have enough contemplation to realize we want to care for ourselves instead of giving ourselves a hard time for feeling anxiety. This is a great time to bring in The Introspective Guides. This can set a whole new trajectory. Instead of being frozen in anxiety, there is a partner to help care for ourselves, to befriend ourselves as we are. It could be that answers come up like, I need to call the doctor. It is time to stop running away from anxiety and not wanting to deal with feeling threatened. Anxiety for virtually all of us is involuntary and it deeply deserves our caring. That is the internal part where you are continuing to encourage yourself and recognize, over and over again, your innocence. You're not doing this on purpose. You don't deserve to be punished. You don't deserve anything but to support yourself and to do your very best to breathe, bring calmness, keep asking questions and respond in a way that will best care for yourself. This can be done with accepting thoughts, actions and developing different ways of caring for this challenging feeling. Through Robert's words, he is attempting to empower you to sit in the seat of your guidance that can look and see what your feelings are and what your needs are. As you listen it is very helpful to have the list of The 75 Challenging Emotions and Essential Needs from The Introspective Guides that can be found on our website. Read the transcription and listen to this episode at Awareness That Heals.