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wisdom of dogs, Issue #025 -- Year of mindfulness
August 18, 2021

Mindfulness vs anxiety

In the war between the two, most often anxiety wins – in my life at least. This year of mindfulness is my attempt to change that.

What I Know

Anxiety is about what is next, next minute, next hour, next week, month, year etc., etc.

Mindfulness is about now. Just now. If something bad is happening now, I deal with it.

If something might happen, well I can’t really deal with it. I prepare for it – taking me back to week 1 when my anxious brain tried to convince me that mindfulness was shortsightedness. It made a convincing argument for that I would never get anything done if I didn’t plan, or think, or worry.

Worry

And with that word worry, I slipped into anxiety territory.Which is the time to call in mindfulness. Time to acknowledge the bad stuff isn’t now, it’s merely a maybe.

Once I have done what I can, I need to relax. I need to breathe and breathe again. To meditate on here and now. I need to get out in nature. To take a walk in the woods or by the shore. To stay in the moment.

These are all things I have known for years, yet I still struggle.

What's the point?

The point of a mindfulness practice is to be ready when anxiety comes calling. To stay here in the moment and say “Thank you for trying to protect me. I’m as prepared for that as I can be. Thank you. Now move along.”

And so, I move along too.

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