The Illness of Our Age

Mindfulness & Self-Compassion

Artwork: Sanam Khatibi

Good morning everyone,

Spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hanh once said about the state of the world: “What is most important is not to allow our anxiety about what happens in the world to fill our heart.

If our heart is filled with anxiety, we will get sick, and will not be able to help.” He went on to say that “ there are wars, big and small, that can cause us to loose our peace.

Anxiety is the illness of our age. We worry about ourselves, our family, our friends, our work, and the state of the world. Again, if we allow worry to fill our hearts, sooner or later, we will get sick.”

So how can we stop being so anxious and redirect our energy towards beliefs and actions that are supportive?

What if anxiety was our body’s way of asking us to take a closer look at how live?

Questioning what is at the chore of our belief system. A call to take charge of ourselves and start owning and questioning our every thought and actions.

Nothing being left in vain. Our integrity watching it all. And us, paying a toll when acting out of alignment.

This may sound extreme for some, so here I am, inviting to you to take a deep inhale, feeling your feet on the ground and the air going through your nostrils.

When you feel ready, taking the time to breath out everything and anything you no longer need.

Meditation and breathing out helps us regulate our parasympathetic nervous system, which enables us to recenter and calm down.

This is what is at the chore of this work, finding connection and nourishment from a place deep inside, knowing instantly when something strengthens us or depletes us.

Constantly re adjusting our steps and remembering the impermanent nature of all things…

On this note, I have recorded a new meditation called Anxious Mind and if you feel called to join a session in group or do a one on one, please have a look at the events for January.

May we keep supporting each other and send our prayers to whoever needs it: www.australianwildlife.org

With Love and Respect,
Vanessa

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