The root of anxiety

Anxiety. It shows up differently for each of us — as intrusive thoughts, fear, worry, nervousness, tension, unease — but it seems we all have it. There are the big worries that keep us up at night (e.g., am I good enough? is this the right career? should I stay in this relationship?). There are the little worries that come and go each day (e.g., did I say the right thing? did I make a mistake? am I getting a cold?). And there’s everything in-between (e.g., what if I can’t pay the rent? what if she has a serious illness?). Do you recognize yourself in any of these worries? Some people are more prone to anxiety than others of course, but have you noticed how your mind gets stuck on a worry it

Gift of a sacred pause

One of the kindest gifts we can offer ourselves throughout the day is the gift of a sacred a pause. The invitation is to interrupt our habitual ways of thinking and feeling and make contact with awareness, a state that David Rome calls grounded aware presence. The following exercise only takes a few minutes and can be done any time, any where. The fruits of this practice are immediate. As we open ourselves up to awareness — the essential quality of our being — we connect to a trustable home base and a boundless source of support, freedom, and love. Many report feelings of receptivity, well-being, ease, and trust. Pausing in this way is similar to walking in fog. At first you don't notice you

About this blog

Welcome! You'll find a mix of writings here about cultivating an embodied life. Some posts are educational topics I teach in therapy. Others reflect on awareness, compassion and radical intimacy with the present moment as helpful dispositions in navigating life.

My intention, no matter what the subject, is to support your unique unfolding toward greater wholeness, creativity, and aliveness. As Howard Thurman says, '“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

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