Powerful Words to Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety tortures millions. Gratefully, there are tools to combat it.  When anxiety attacks, there’s a simple antidote you can try:  The Power of Words.

The remedy is simple.  Pick a word.  Set a timer for fifteen minutes.  During that time, focus on that specific word. When your mind wanders, shift your attention back on that word. This process trains your brain to relax.  It’s simple, but not always easy to do!

You may ask: What’s the best word to contemplate?  Save yourself the grief.  There isn’t a best word!  However, these are some of the most powerful words in the English language when it comes to reducing anxiety.  They are a soothing balm to an anxious mind. Choose the ones that are most meaningful to you. Continue reading “Powerful Words to Reduce Anxiety”

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Holding On to Resentment? Let it Go!

Why has Disney’s movie Frozen been so successful?  Although the music (Idina Menzel!), animation, and humor are excellent (and watching nieces and nephews sing along is priceless), the core message of the film is what has resonated with so many people:  Let it Go!  The most common problem in “relationship issues,” is harbored resentment.  People cling on to past hurts for fear of what harm may await them in the future.  Whether it’s a past hurt, or a current fear, there are immense benefits from letting go. Continue reading “Holding On to Resentment? Let it Go!”

Is This My Will? Or God’s?

Religious and spiritual people often have difficulty deciphering between their personal desires and what God’s will is for them.  They feel frozen with fear about making the wrong choice.  This is particularly distressing with life-altering decisions:  Which career to pursue, whom to marry, what neighborhood to live in, or whether or not to have more children (just to name a few). Continue reading “Is This My Will? Or God’s?”

The Problem With Beliefs

There’s an old fable, similar to the concept that C.S. Lewis presents in The Screwtape Letters, of a devil and his young apprentice.  They are monitoring a man whom they are in charge of tempting.  They observe him finding peace beneath a tree.  The apprentice anxiously pleads with the master devil stop this man from finding happiness.  The master, with quiet confidence replies:  Continue reading “The Problem With Beliefs”