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087 Anxiety and Mindfulness Weekends With Bruce Langford and Jeffrey Agostinelli: Anxiety and mindfulness. "Compulsion can become a form of anxiety, like doing things just to do them." Jeffrey Agostinelli Anxiety can bring you down and it can also bring down a family. It can pull your life to a halt. When I think about anxiety, I t...

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Anxiety and mindfulness. "Compulsion can become a form of anxiety, like doing things just to do them." Jeffrey Agostinelli
Anxiety
can bring you down and it can also bring down a family. It can pull
your life to a halt. When I think about anxiety, I think about a time
when I was about eight years old, I lived on the farm with my family
and I noticed that my mom was unhappy. She cried a lot. She seemed upset
and I didn't know why.
Then she got this rash all over her hands.
It was psoriasis. At first it was little patches and then it got to be
on more of her hands and up her wrists. It was red and raw and very
painful.
It was difficult for her to do anything. She would wear
rubber gloves or cotton gloves to protect her hands. It was a really
hard time because we all knew how much pain she was in and how much she
was suffering. It seemed like there had to be a reason.
She went
to the Doctor over and over and the Doctor didn't know what to do. She
tried different creams and nothing seemed to help. There was always this
overriding feeling where I noticed how unhappy she was. It was like a
desperation. Unhappiness shrouded her entire life and her personality.
Then
I think she started to get focused on doing things that she liked to
do. She started to knit and do crafts and other creative activities.
Then the psoriasis started to go away. I don't know if that was a
coincidence but I wonder if it was the mindfulness of working on those
crafts. I think this really helped her to move forward and then the
psoriasis eventually left. Guest:Jeffrey AgostinelliFeatured in Mindfulness Mode Episode 49 Jeff Agostinelli: A Vipassana Retreat May Be Your Greatest Mindfulness Experience
Check out Jeff's Book: A Beginner's Guide To Overcoming Anxiety: Even If You Don't Think You Have It
Quotes:The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. - William JamesIf
you are depressed you are living in the past, if you are anxious you
are living in the future, if you are at peace you are living in the
present. AnonymousAnxiety pushes you to start doing something
before you've worked out what really needs to be done. Resist the push. -
Alan AshleyIt's not the future you're afraid of. It's repeating the past that makes you anxious. Anonymous  [show-notes-bio]Books:A Beginner's Guide To Overcoming Anxiety by Jeffrey Agostinelli
The Mindful Way through Anxiety: Break Free from Chronic Worry and Reclaim Your Life by Susan Orsillo
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