I was listening to another lecture by Tara Brach this evening. She was talking about the anxiety that many people have been experiencing over the last six months, and some possible ways to transform that anxiety into more positive emotions such as love and compassion. She says that if we don't become aware of our anxiety it can easily turn to violence and other destructive behaviors. Quite often when people are acting out in an aggressive and violent manner they don't notice their own anxiety. Not dealing with fear and anxiety can also have detrimental effects on our family and love relationships. Although we can be in denial ourselves, or project our emotions onto others, it doesn't take too much awareness to notice that these are times when many people are fearful and anxious. I personally have been very isolated socially, but recently have gone ballroom dancing. This is an activity that love and have not done for a long time. I can't say that I had no anxiety when I went into a ballroom last week, dispute the fact that people were required to wear masks as they were dancing. Is it safe, It could be safer, however, the boredom and isolation of being alone itself has been stressful, and creates its own anxiety and irritability. Is it possible for us to create an intention within us or ask some aspect of ourselves, possibly the higher power within us, to transform the anxiety and fear that we experience into more positive emotions such as love and compassion? Is it more likely that with such an intention that we will be more able to generate such positive emotions that help us be less isolated, kinder, and more loving people? What do we have to lose by asking some simple questions? Anyway, the manner with which we interpret any event will have an impact on how we feel emotionally. It is almost as if we begin to reframe the experience. Her perspective could give meaning to our current experience and have a positive impact on our mood. It would be nice to come out of this mess with something, and maybe even make a better adjustment here and now. Shifting our perspective on anxiety might help us be less critical of ourselves for being anxious.
The Transformation of Anxiety
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