“The hallmark of depression and anxiety is catastrophizing– worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet and might not happen at all worried by its very nature means thinking about the future if you place yourself into awareness of the present moment worrying melts away”
“Many problems we face in our lives are products of our thinking. While our lives are always taking place right here in this current moment, our thinking is always drawn to rethinking what has already happened and looking ahead to what might happen. This worry creates fears and insecurities, and keeps us from being fully right where we are.”
“You are precious. Many people struggle with low self-esteem that interferes with their ability to hold onto a positive image of their body. You may think ‘I’m too short’ or I’ have ugly skin’ or ‘I’m flabby and nonathletic.’ Such negative thoughts deplete your sense of self-worth. You are not the sum total of those destructive thoughts. Your self-worth cannot be measured or based on the negative stories you tell about yourself. All human beings have some goodness or value that cannot be taken away or measured. Remind yourself that your value doesn’t depend on your body size or other looks. We are all born flawed perfection does not exist. You are a rare and cherished gift of creation. we were never meant to compare ourselves to others. You’re worthy worthwhile and precious.”
“We all find ourselves asking these fundamental questions (Who am I, what do I want? What is my purpose in life?) at some or many points along our evolutionary journey. We may be searching for answers that will help us move from anxiety to peace, from confusion to clarity, and from emotional pain to happiness. As the world’s great wisdom traditions tell us, the answers are always within. By going inside and connecting to the deepest level of our being, the clamor of competing outside messages begins to fade and inner awareness dawns.”
“The Indian mystic known as Osho teaches that an anxious person feels separate from the world, with everyone conspiring against them. Trees and birds don’t spend their days worrying; worry isn’t helpful to them. Its also not helpful to us. Anxiety goes away with understanding. When we understand that existence takes care of all of us, we know that we are not only part of existence, we are essential to it. We see that the world is abundant. This is when life becomes a celebration and feelings of anxiety are recognized as foolish.”
“Whether you want to change a negative behavior (like overeating or snapping at your kids) or commit to a positive one (like meditating every day), the best approach is to cultivate self-compassion and tap into its power, so that you can stick to your resolutions —and build a better life.”
“Self-compassion dramatically improves your chances of making a change for good.”
“You and I are essentially infinite choice makers.
In every moment of our existence. We are in that field
of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.”
“Life unfolds in the present but so often we let the present Slip away allowing time to rush past unobserved and unseized and squandering the precious seconds of our lives as we worry about the future and ruminate about what’s past.”
Try your hardest to accept all your emotions as they rise.
Don’t avoid them.
Don’t run away from them.
Acknowledge that you are feeling those emotions.
Remind yourself that it is normal to feel those things.
Then, move your attention to something else.
What works for me:
I name 1 (or more) things that I am grateful for.
“Anger gets in the way of your ability to take
care of your body and quickly takes over your capacity for joy.”