Fear of Life Transitions
I have recently been chatting with a dear friend about the fear that comes up during life transitions. Transitions can bring up such incredible anxiety. A few years ago, I came out of ten years of full-time work exhausted, overweight, and still running on overdrive in my nervous system.
As I transitioned to full-time private practice from my full-time job in healthcare, I had trouble calming my nervous system down. I was used to tightly scheduling every minute of my day. I had a great conversation about my challenges with slowing down after years of working so hard with my friend Egypt HERE.
To train the nervous system to calm down, we all need to choose a creative/spiritual practice to recondition ourselves into deeper love, calm and faith. I started a calming mandala practice after I finished working full-time in healthcare.
I still attend to my mandala practice about 15-30 minutes a day. At this rate, it will likely take me several years to reach my goal of 365! In the interest cultivating calm, I am in no hurry!
Our nervous system runs on survival programming from the past, and when we move too fast we get anxious. When our biological-fear-system is running its programming, we can spin our wheels by working way too hard. This fear programming will run automatically until we interrupt and recondition it towards calm.
There is so much we can do to free ourselves from the grip of our fearful nervous system. The free Photo Therapy course mentioned in the interview is one way - and it can be found HERE. Also, see my article on Creating Mandalas for Anxiety Regulation.
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