Pick a tree. Now, look at it. Really look at it. Imagine being it. Imagine being a tiny acorn, a lifetime of potential encased in its shell. Imagine sprouting. Growing. Evolving. Imagine doing so effortlessly, without struggle or exertion. It is just you…unfolding. Every time you see a tree, trust this. Trust that you, too, are unfolding. Trust that you, too, are becoming who you are. Trust that your struggles are just growing pains, plus the occasional thunderstorm. Breathe. Trust. Unfold.
THERE IS A DOOR. Gargoyles and gorgons and gremlins stand guard. The firm hand of trauma or brain chemistry or genetics shoves you through. The door slams behind you with a deafening clang. WELCOME TO HELL. THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THROUGH. Gnarled, withered trees and weather-beaten rock formations greet you. Your own psyche, eroded and embittered and erased. Your memories after centuries of acid rain. You, you. Everywhere you look is you. THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THROUGH. Step. Step. Step. Dead dessicated branches. Now the slurp-slurp-slurp of a fetid bog…. Read More
The whole wood seemed running now, running hard, hunting, chasing, closing in round something or – somebody? In panic, he began to run too, aimlessly, he knew not whither. — Kenneth Grahame Anxiety/Panic sucks. Unfortunately, for many of us, intense fear is unavoidable—as are the well-intentioned but misguided reactions of others. Those we encounter during our harried peregrinations mean well, but their words can inadvertently amplify our distress. If you meet someone suffering from anxiety/panic (and you will—we are legion), these are the five things NOT to say: 1) Calm down…. Read More