“I am experiencing anxiety, and that’s ok.”
Recently, I shared this statement with a new mama who was struggling with insomnia and anxiety (a vicious cycle, especially when you’re already deeply sleep deprived). Turns out, the “simple” practice of repeating this to herself is what helped things shift enough so that she could fall asleep and get much-needed rest.
The power of accepting where we are and acknowledging it to ourselves can be brutally obvious medicine.
When we remember to meet ourselves right where we are and bring a compassionate, non-changing attitude to our experience, things “magically” begin to shift.
Rather than trying to build a bigger dam to hold back the waves of emotion or sensation, we can become better at riding the waves 🌊. When we become less fearful of and resistant to our bodily sensations, they tend to subside.
This takes practice! This is a skill! This takes doing it the old way and then remembering to shift your approach, again and again. I’ve known to try this for years and I have to choose this approach over and over.
It gets easier.
Ortho-Bionomy sessions were the first time I really learned about the power of being met where I was, physically and emotionally. The potency of *being with* whatever is there and adding support, from a bodyworker (hi 👋🏻), a safe someone, a pet, a tree, and yourself, cannot be understated.
So I gently nudge you, if you are feeling the swirl of anxiety within, to tell yourself these sensations are ok. This experience is ok just as it is. Bring a soft internal gaze to that swirl (or however else you describe it), and see what happens.
P.S. Know someone who could use hearing these words? Please forward this along or share on social.
(Originally posted on Instagram on March 1, 2020.)