Even if you don’t experience a lot of anxiety, coming to a 6 hour workshop can be pretty scary.
Some of you may consider coming to my workshop this week titled: “Calming Your Anxious Mind with Mindfulness”. It runs on Saturday at Practical Wellbeing, 1301 10th Avenue SW and the investment is $95 plus GST and your time.
How does this sound to you? Perhaps the thought of coming could stir unwanted feelings of discomfort.
I have had this experience as well over the years and it reminds me of the way that anxiety can shrink your view of yourself and your place in the world. I have even heard that the experience of anxiety can feel like a prison, as it is quite common to avoid the situations that are associated with this experience.
If you are considering coming to the workshop and you find yourself with this experience, here are some suggestions. The first thing to remember is that the experience of anxiety is not permanent. It comes and goes just like any other human experience. It is possible to learn how to manage and learn from the experience of anxiety. Mindfulness is a kind and compassionate approach to handling anxiety. In the workshop you will approach this experience to whatever extent you feel comfortable. I often describe it as an opportunity to “dip your toe in the water”.
Many people report identifying with the experience of anxiety. In other words people think they are their anxiety. Mindfulness teaches that you are not your anxiety that you have the capacity to handle this experience from a place of calmness, stillness, and ease.