Mindfulness

How Can You Zero In On Anxiety And Hope As Prevailing Moods?

By definition, anxiety and hope are both determined by a moment that has yet to arrive. I’m a walking cabinet of dread and desire, and when I ignore these feelings they usually come out sideways and manifest in negative ways like resentment, defensiveness, procrastination, or projection onto others. Pinning down our hopes and uncertainties in ink can remind us of gratitude and purpose, and giving our anxieties some definition can help us face them.

It’s a fitting exercise to do in the Rubin Museum because it adopts Buddhist practices along with psychological techniques. A helpful first step in dealing with our anxieties is to greet them and give them a name. Then we can examine them more objectively and break them down further. Psychologists have shown how productive this can be. It may not make us less afraid, but it can make us braver. Patrick D’Arcy

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I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.

4 comments on “How Can You Zero In On Anxiety And Hope As Prevailing Moods?

  1. Sounds like an exercise that a lot of people could make good use of today.

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  2. “greet them and give them a name”– Love!

    Liked by 1 person

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