I could ask you if you ever suffer from some type of anxiety, but that would be like asking do you ever breathe.
It’s part of the human condition to have anxiety. It’s actually part of the animal life to have anxiety. It’s a survival feature.
But for us humans in modern life, we can sometimes take this to extremes experiencing anxiety in all sorts of situations – sometimes consciously (going for a job interview) and a lot of the time unconsciously (like being in an elevator with strangers).
Anxiety is normal, but we make it detrimental by the labels we use, the meaning we assign to things and situations, and the stories we tell ourselves about our life.
As an example:
If I have an ache somewhere in my body, it can be seen as good, neutral, or bad all depending on the meaning I assign to that sensation.
Do I see it as my body doing the job of healing, say a bruise – “good job body!”
Do I see it as I would a fly – just a mild nuisance to be ignored.
Or do I see it as something mysteriously sinister with eventual catastrophic consequences. “What if it’s some dread disease (insert the latest horrible one you’ve heard a story of recently) and I will eventually die from it??!! Ahh”
Sometimes we actually do have a disease. When this happens we often slip into thinking of it as a fixed thing. But the truth is that our bodies are forever in a state of change, evolving, repairing, healing. Whatever disease we have is part of a large pattern in our body and mind. It takes maintaining to keep it as it is. But it is always possible for the pattern to be changed and for you to experience a different level of health.
There is nothing that is so fixed that it won’t change over time. (Even mountains crumble away and continents move over time) This also includes other aspects of your life beyond health – relationships, state of mind, quality of life experiences, career, etc.
Some things can take a fair amount of time to change, but it’s never too late to change your patterns.
Here’s how to begin to change your patterns and change your life.