|Posted on 9 September, 2015 at 19:05|
What is the purpose of anxiety? Is it just a primitive fight/flight response gone wrong in our modern life? I tend to think that there is a lot more to it than that. Anxiety can be an immense motivator for change. And have you noticed how close the emotions of anxiety and excitement are? Just a little switch, and an uncomfortable anxiety can turn into a life-enriching enthusiasm.
I like to think one should become friends with one's sensitivity. So that it works for you not against you. I also think it's good to remember that you yourself are not your body. You are not even your mind. But you are something beyond all that. There is no need to be identified with anything, except what you really wish in life.
It is good to foster a habit of seeing the whole process of an experience. So often we have half-experiences instead of experiencing things to the full. Even experiencing something that is usually anxiety-provoking, to the full, can transform anxiety into something completely different and beneficial. There is a Sufi saying, “Look at the thorn and see the rose.”
And regarding things from a panoramic or “God's eye view,” as it were, enables you to open up the area of vision, rather than just seeing through chinks in the cavern.
So I say, let an inner smile flow throughout your being, and an inner stillness amidst any outer turbulence. And if you have a sensitive nature, value it – it is a precious thing.
I leave you with a quote from Gandhi: "There is force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results."
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