March 7th. Anxiety becomes a Friend.

March 7th. Anxiety becomes a Friend.

TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATHE IN GOD’S PRESENCE as you begin.


John 5:6

“Do you want to be made well?”


“ANXIETY BECOMES A FRIEND” by Janet Hagberg

How absurd, to think of anxiety as a friend.

And I certainly didn’t when I first had to contend with it controlling my life. Thanks to a wise counselor and my spiritual director I decided to view my anxiety in a spiritual context and ask what it was trying to tell me.  What I found out was that the real “disorder” was not my anxiety, it was my life. I was running a business and overdoing it, plus running a non-profit as an executive director that included a strenuous fund raising event. My body just made me quit. It was speaking loudly to me. 

After much inner work, a slow recovery and plenty of compassion for my anxiety, I learned to see it as my truth teller, my early warning system—and if I follow through on its messages, I am rewarded with wisdom. I now live a smaller, calmer, more conscious and intimate life (on my good days!) and with God’s insistent grace, I can see my anxiety as a companion, a friend, and even a gift.

Lord have mercy.


PRAYER.

As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
freefall, and float
into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace, knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace. AMEN.

~Denise Levertov

 

TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.

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