kindness cuts through the grit

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If you’re human, you experience anxiety. The choice is whether to experience anxiety in the service of neurosis or in the service of waking up. Anxiety is a necessary part of our evolutionary makeup. It prepares us to deal with possible threats to our survival. But today, because most of us are living more than biological lives, our fight/flight/freeze responses are often unskillful and inaccurate. Feeling anxiety doesn’t necessarily mean that something bad is about to happen to us, but it often feels that way. In therapy, we investigate our out-of-date efforts to avoid feeling our deepest emotional vulnerabilities. We learn that, as adults, we can tolerate our experience of the the rage, grief, or abandonment that we had to disconnect from as children. Whether we’re working with our minds spiritually or psychologically, we have a choice. We can invest in denying the truth of our vulnerabilities, thereby gaining pseudo-security at the cost of chronic anxiety. Or we can commit to experiencing our vulnerabilities moment by moment, gaining confidence that we can work with whatever arises- anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, etc. Either way, there’s anxiety. Own the embodied intensity as a valid part of your life and be kind to this experience.   ~Bruce Tift

source. choice. clarity.

inquiry for today~   you know what you need, you believe what you can handle, and you live within your views……..what can shift?

shadows in the mirror

To find out the true meaning of happiness, we must explore the river of self-knowledge . . . Is there a source to a stream? Every drop of water from the beginning to the end makes a river. To imagine that we will find happiness at the source is mistaken. It is to be found where you are on the river of self-knowledge. ~Krishnamurti

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