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    • chrissetiana
      Top reader this week
      3 months ago

      I step into the larger tide of uncertainty and fear, my anxiety for the world and the future swells, and then that same feeling, that same anxiety, shrinks me into myself—into my petty, personal worries.

      Guilty. Sometimes I think about how the world is dealing with so much right now, then slowly but surely, that anxiousness shifts and all I can focus on is how I am anxious of things unrelated within me.

    • Pegeen3 months ago

      I became physically ill after Superstorm Sandy. A side affect of my many infections was extreme anxiety. It felt as debilitating as the physical diseases. I had never been an anxious person, so this completely upended me. It also confused my many family members and friends. I was fortunate that they were all loving and compassionate during this time as I slowly found my way through this darkness. It has taken me 5 years of a multi-pronged approach to bring myself back to myself - albeit, a more expanded version of the former. I have found many practices to deal with my anxiety, namely EFT, meditation, different breathing techniques and Reiki sessions. It has felt like a miracle, a transformation and an awakening. I have complete compassion for anyone dealing with illnesses and anxiety. That is the silver lining that wraps around my heart. Just reading this article brought it all back and I could barely finish it. Each morning my Reiki group gathers virtually to send love and peace to the entire planet and all inhabitants. I believe in the calming, loving intent of group prayer. I can feel the energy pulsing in my hands and body. Wherever I manage to go during this sheltering in place, namely the food store, I look people in the eye, smile, say hello, engage in conversation - at a distance. It’s simple but powerful. And it makes me feel good to see others respond in like manner. Love and kindness will see us through. And must continue. We have to allow this experience to change us. If not, we are truly missing out on a great opportunity to heal globally.

    • jbuchana
      Scout
      3 months ago

      Anxiety is nothing new for me, I find it to be nearly as bad as depression, and I spend more time in anxiety.

    • Abarlet3 months ago

      Anxiety exists in all of us. And the selfish part is when we don’t share with others when we are immersed in it.

    • Alexa
      Scout
      3 months ago

      I, I, I, I, I, I: the eternal song of anxiety.

      This is lovely, lyrical and thoughtful. Topical too, so if you're C19ed out, maybe pass but for sure an honest approach to making sense of the world around us right now.

      I know of no other solution than to keep reminding myself, gently, I am anxious, yes, I am scared, yes—and so are you, and you, and you, and you.

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        3 months ago

        I’m C19ed out, then I’m not, then I am, then I’m not. In a single day, I make the switch a dozen times. I think that means that I’m just overall really C19ed out.

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      3 months ago

      This is basically me:

      I have lived with anxiety a long time. I know its contours, its deceptions, and its tricks. Still, I don’t think that the selfishness of anxiety has ever felt quite as cruel or as alienating as it does now, when it seems least appropriate to be selfish.

      Great find, Alexa!