A JOURNEY OF HOPE IN A WORLD OF ANXIETY

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 Being thankful for the little things

For a moment, let us put aside all overbearing, radical, overthinking associated with negativity that goes hand in hand with mental torment.  Instead, focus on those things in life no matter how small, that you can be thankful for.

We realize that many of the “things”  you were once thankful for may be buried deep amongst the rubble in your life. Whether you had a singular incident or many incidents in your life that caused your foundation to crumble – remember all things are possible for those that believe. Often the list of possibilities expands exponentially when one starts to acknowledge – thankfulness of that which is favorable.

Whatever the turning point was when worry, fear. and anxiety started to spiral out of control, it needs to be squelched!  No matter how many triggers binds you amidst the rubble, there is hope.   Start by searching for moments in time that you smiled or laughed – be thankful and meditate on these things

When people are overwhelmed and hurting, they build up walls to protect themselves. The wall is not of brick and mortar but speculation, fear, and negativity.   Example: You may become over vigilant in awareness of any changes in your body – pulse, breathing, etc… The very act of being “attentive” to these changes can become triggers for the dreaded panic or anxiety attack. Speculation will force its way into every corner of the barricade you have erected.

This wall will keep you isolated. It keeps out the light and blocks hope and joy.

There is no light in darkness.

Inside the wall, darkness acts as a catalyst nurturing more of the same.  Rendering it difficult to see the goodness outside this barricade.

Chip away at the darkness in search of the light.  No matter how small or insignificant the light may seem, grab hold of it. Fight for the light to break down the mental barrier of darkness.

Look for those things for which you can give thanks and do not stop short to your PATH TO THE RIVER.   By Author Brian Ludwig, of PANIC ATTACKS CALMING THE STORM

 …  whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

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