One of the primary purposes of my book, Sabbatical of the Mind: The Journey from Anxiety to Peace is to help others move from difficult feelings to inner peace. But when is it good for us to feel some level of anxiety?
The Infinite Creator gave our bodies warning systems. When we stray too close to a hot surface, the heat eventually becomes uncomfortable. When we eat a bunch of fried foods, our bodies may feel rough later that evening. When we are in danger, our brains tell us to run or fight.
Growing up in Ohio, Thanksgiving was a very special day. Mom cooked all day and each of us helped out in one way or another. My sister eventually learned to make the mashed potatoes. My brother would peel the vegetables. I was fascinated with Mom's industrial strength grinder. She would use it to grind up onions for the dressing or carrots for a salad. The inherent danger of losing a finger in the grinder drew me like a bee to lemonade. I still have all my digits.
My father would generally lay around and relax during the...
Most of us enjoyed the childhood experience of watching the power of a magnifying glass ignite grass or even paper. It was amazing to see how the glass could focus the sun's rays on a single spot and cause fire to erupt.
Jiggling the Glass
We also quickly learned from a younger friend or relative that moving the glass around defeated the purpose. Without laser-like focus, the heat did not build and no fire was created.
Bringing it Home
How often we as adults do the same thing? Instead of holding our focus on the thing that re...
Why do the holidays sometimes tend to bring out the worst in our health habits? What is it about the season that can make anxiety rise and peace flee away?
Perhaps it is the stress of trying to accomplish too much in too little time. Or it could be that our priorities are not aligned with our values. A third factor could be lack of training in how to do it better.
This year, I am partnering with Living Well Health Food/Christian Book/Gift store to help you head off the holiday blues.